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ASH Hypertension Specialists Program, Inc.

The ASH Hypertension Specialists Program was formed by the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) in 1998 in response to the growing recognition that the hypertension problem requires the coordinated effort of front-line health care providers and those physicians with documented expertise in managing hypertension. The ASH Hypertension Specialists Program offers two certifications:

  1. The Specialist in Clinical Hypertension certification (ASH-SCH) identifies and recognizes physicians with expert skills and mastery of a defined body of knowledge in the management of clinical hypertension and related disorders. These physicians can act as local and regional consultants for the more complex and difficult cases and also assist in advice regarding guidelines and process improvement. Click here to view the role and function of a Certified ASH Specialist in Clinical Hypertension. The dates for the 2017 ASH Hypertension Specialist Examination testing period will be announced at the beginning of 2017. To access the 2016 Handbook for Candidates for reference, Click here.
  1. The ASH Certified Hypertension Clinician certification (ASH-CHC) was launched in 2015 to identify and recognize NPs, Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists and Primary Care physicians with expert skills and knowledge in the management of clinical hypertension. Through showing mastery of a defined body of knowledge in clinical hypertension, this certification is meant provide recognition of the expertise of these healthcare clinicians and demonstrate their commitment to the highest standards of hypertension patient care. The ASH-CHC examination online application portal is currently closed. The next Examination Period will from be July 31-August 13, 2016, with a June 15, 2016 application deadline. Please check back in early March for the online application portal link. To access the Candidates Handbook for reference purposes only, please click the following link: http://www.ptcny.com/clients/ASH/

For more information about the examination process for either of these two certifications, please contact Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) via email ptcny@ptcny.com or via phone at 212-356-0660.