Frequently Asked Questions- BCMAS

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How do I apply?

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Why Become Board Certified in Medical Affairs?

Certification is becoming an important factor in the healthcare industry in general. A survey of over 1000 key opinion leaders (KOLs) found that over 90% preferred medical affairs professionals who had a Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist (BCMAS) designation.

Studies have shown that individuals who are certified in their field have higher salaries and better promotion opportunities.

Please visit our BCMAS Benefits Page to learn more about how becoming certified in Medical Affairs can help advance your career.

Is BCMAS a certificate or a certification?

BCMAS is a board certification accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education/American National Standards Institute (IACET/ANSI). BCMAS is the first & only accredited program and the longest standing MSL/Medical Affairs Certification program in the industry.

Am I eligible if I attended a foreign graduate program in pharmacy or medicine?

Yes, you are still eligible as long as you can provide evidence that your school is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

How long does the program take to complete?

Once you enroll in the BCMAS program, you have up to 6 months to complete the program. Because the entire program is online, you can work at your own pace & comfort level to complete the program. If you require an extension, you will need to make a written appeal to our chief academic officer who will make the final decision. There may be a fee associated with extensions granted.

How can I access the program learning content?

Once you are accepted, you will receive confirmation and instructions via email. The program learning content can be accessed on an online, learning management system.

What professional designation would I be able to include in my title?

It will be a BCMAS professional designation. For example, John Doe, PharmD, BCMAS.

Is the BCMAS Examination Difficult?

The examination is of intermediate difficulty. It is meant to assess your core competencies in the areas covered within the BCMAS program.

Why can't I just take the exam?

Similar to medical & pharmacy board certifications, although you are not required to 'pass' the assessments within each module, we encourage you to complete the preparatory modules as they do more than just help increase your chances of success in passing the board examination.

Our modules include educational information designed to help strengthen soft skills such as communication and presenting which cannot easily be assessed through a certification exam. To truly set the standard in the industry for excellence and competency, we must ensure that ALL the required skills and knowledge to be successful are properly addressed not just the skills that are easy to assess through the certification exam.

What is considered relevant experience to sit for the board exam?

The ACMA accepts experience from within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, clinical and scientific/research industries as relevant towards BCMAS.

Where do I take the exam?

The candidate can take the exam anywhere, anytime. The final board exam is available on the program’s Learning Management System (LMS). The exam tab will be enabled once the candidate has completed all module quizzes. In order to sit for the exam, the candidate will need to schedule a proctoring session via ProctorU (the online proctoring service provider) 72 hours before the desired date. All of the instructions on how to schedule a proctoring session will be available on the examination page.

When can I take the exam?

The exam is offered asynchronously. That is, the candidate may sit for the exam anytime, anywhere as long as the candidate has access to the BCMAS program’s Learning Management System (LMS).

If I fail the BCMAS exam, can I retake the exam?

Yes, you can retake the BCMAS exam up to 4 times. 4 exam attempts are included in the BCMAS program cost, so there are no additional costs for retaking the BCMAS board exam.

Are there added costs associated with additional BCMAS exam attempts?

NO, ACMA does not charge you any additional fees for retaking the exam. The only additional costs associated with retaking the BCMAS exam are the additional exam proctoring fee(s) which are charged by ProctorU.

What if I fail the exam 4 times and have no more exam attempts?

If a candidate fails the exam on the fourth try, there will be a waiting period of 1 year before retaking the exam up to four more times, and a reexamination fee of $250.00 USD.

How will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are mailed via the United States Postal Service (USPS) on a quarterly basis. For example, to receive your certificate within the quarter you must complete your board exam within 10 days prior to the ending of that quarter. Q1: January-March, Q2: April-Jun, Q3: Jul-Sep, Q4: Oct-Dec.

Candidates may request for an alternate shipping method for an additional charge.

How soon will I receive the results?

Results will be available within 3-5 business days via email.

Will I be able to review the exam results?

In order to protect the integrity of the BCMAS program, no exam questions or the answer key will be released to any individual or organization.

When and where can I obtain CE credits for renewal of my BCMAS certification?

CE credits will be completed via the ACMA's learning management system similar to the modules of the BCMAS program. CE's cannot be completed any sooner than 12 months before the renewal date and therefore detailed instructions will be sent as you get closer to your renewal date.