ACCP Clinical Pharmacist Competencies

Joseph J. Saseen, Toni L. Ripley, Deborah Bondi, John M. Burke, Lawrence J. Cohen, Sarah McBane, Karen J. McConnell, Bryan Sackey, Cynthia Sanoski, Anahit Simonyan, Jodi Taylor, Joseph P. Vande Griend

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The purpose of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is to advance human health by extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy. Consistent with this mission and its core values, ACCP is committed to ensuring that clinical pharmacists possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to deliver comprehensive medication management (CMM) in team-based, direct patient care environments. These components form the basis for the core competencies of a clinical pharmacist and reflect the competencies of other direct patient care providers. This paper is an update to a previous ACCP document and includes the expectation that clinical pharmacists be competent in six essential domains: direct patient care, pharmacotherapy knowledge, systems-based care and population health, communication, professionalism, and continuing professional development. Although these domains align with the competencies of physician providers, they are specifically designed to better reflect the clinical pharmacy expertise required to provide CMM in patient-centered, team-based settings. Clinical pharmacists must be prepared to complete the education and training needed to achieve these competencies and must commit to ongoing efforts to maintain competence through ongoing professional development. Collaboration among stakeholders will be needed to ensure that these competencies guide clinical pharmacists’ professional development and evaluation by educational institutions, postgraduate training programs, professional societies, and employers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-636
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017


  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • clinical pharmacist
  • competencies


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