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Pharmacists Licensing Requirements By State
by Gregory Siskind and Karen Weinstock

State

By Endorse-ment/ reciprocity?

FPGEC certificate Required or considered?

NAPLEX

And/or

MPJE?

Other exam?

Total number of hours required

Other                          

Alabama

Alabama State Board of Pharmacy
Jerry Moore, Executive Director
1 Perimeter Park South, Suite 425 South,
Birmingham, AL 35243
205/967-0130
www.albop.com

 

YES

 

Except  FL & CA

 

With states that reciprocate with AL

AL does not recognize FPGEC

YES

 

BOTH

 

 

 

1500 hrs

 

min. 400 of actual pharmacy practice in

retail setting

beginning 4th year of school

Age 19+

 

Graduate of an accredited pharmacy school

 

 

+interview by board

Alaska

 

Alaska Board of Pharmacy
Debora Stovern, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806
907/465-2589
www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/ppha.htm

YES

 

NAPLEX passing score set by NABP + MPJE

YES

 

Must have

FPGEC certification

YES

 

BOTH

 

1500 internship hours

 

max. 600 hrs in school

OK to have 1500 hours of licensed pharmacy practice instead of internship

Arizona

 

Arizona State Board of Pharmacy
Llyn A. Lloyd, Executive Director
4425 W. Olive Avenue, Suite 140, Glendale, AZ 85302
623/463-2727
www.pharmacy.state.az.us

YES with NAPLEX or NABP

 

With jurisdiction that has reciprocity with AZ + 400 hrs. of practicing pharmacy + AZPLEX

YES

 

considers FPGEC certification

YES

 

Only NAPLEX required min. 75 (AZPLEX instead of MPJE)

YES

 

AZPLEX

Jurisprudence examination

Min. 75%

1500

 

max. 600 hrs in school

 

Arkansas

 

Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy
Charles S. Campbell, Executive Director
101 E. Capitol, Suite 218, Little Rock, AR 72201
501/682-0190
www.state.ar.us/asbp

YES

 

Through NABP

Except for FL and CA

Considers FPGEC certification

YES

 

BOTH required

Min. 75 on NAPLEX

And min. 75% on MPJE

 

2000 for license

 

max. 1500 through school

min. 500 hrs in pharmacy practice

Age 21+

California

California State Board of Pharmacy
Patricia F. Harris, Executive Officer
400 R Street, Suite 4070, Sacramento, CA 95814
916/445-5014
www.pharmacy.ca.gov/

 

YES – see “other”

 

CPLE California pharmacist licensure examination also required

Considers FPGEC certification

 

FPGEE

 

And

 

TSE

(50 min. score)

 

AND

 

CPLE

1500 for license

 

1000 required to take the exam

 

min. 900 hours in pharmacy practice

Age 18+; 150 semester units earned in college; Passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE); internship experience of 1,500 hours OR, licensure verification from other state's pharmacy board and employment verification of a minimum of one year work experience

Colorado

 

Colorado State Board of Pharmacy
Susan L. Warren, Program Administrator
1560 Broadway, Suite 1310, Denver, CO 80202
303/894-7750
www.dora.state.co.us/pharmacy

YES

through NABP

minimum score 75 +MPJE exam + licensed 1 year in another state

YES

must have FPGEC certificate before exam or intern license

YES

BOTH

 

1800

(1400 max. during school)

graduated from an approved School of Pharmacy

Connecticut

Connecticut Commission of Pharmacy
Michelle Sylvestre, Board Administrator
State Office Building, 165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147,
Hartford, CT 06106
860/713-6070
fax 860/713-7242
E-mail: michelle.sylvestre@po.state.ct.us
www.ctdrugcontrol.com/rxcommision.htm

 

YES

 

Through NABP

Considers FPGEC certification

YES

BOTH

 

Passing score required in both

YES

 

2 addl. Con. State exams:

CPP & PM*

 

Age 18+

 

*2 addl. Con. State exams: CT Contemporary Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Mathematics

Delaware

Delaware State Board of Pharmacy
David W. Dryden, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 637, Dover, DE 19901
302/739-4798

 

Yes

With NAPLEX score transfer

Except CA

No min. time requirement to reciprocate

 

Min. internship hours required, will recognize practice in another state

Must have FPGEC certification  prior to NAPLEX

YES

 

Only NAPLEX

 

No MPJE but Delaware jurisprudence exam

Yes

 

Delaware jurisprudence exam

1,500 hours prior to licensing

Foreign educated pharmacists, even those licensed in another state must be licensed in this particular order:

FPGEC exam + certification

NAPLEX +

1,500 Internship hours

OR They have to redo the tests

DC

District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy
Toylanda Brown, Contact Representative
825 N. Capitol Street, N.E., Room 2224,
Washington, DC 20002
202/442-9200-4775, fax 202/442-9431

 

Yes

 

With all states except CA

With proof of license + NAPLEX + MPJE for DC

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours approved internship

Age 18+

Florida

Florida Board of Pharmacy
John D. Taylor, Executive Director
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C04,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3254
850/245-4292
www9.myflorida.com/mqa/
pharmacy/2001ph_home.html

 

YES

 

With passing score of NABP exam; practicing 2 out of last 5 years in pharmacy in another state or completed post-graduate training or clinical competency exam + MPJE

Considers FPGEC certification

YES

BOTH

YES

Must have MPJE done in FL

 

1500 hrs approved internship programs: University of FL, FL A&M Un., Nova South-eastern & Mercer Un.

Age 18+

Graduates with a PHARM. D. Degree from ANY STATE after Jan 1, 2001 will count towards the internship requirements

 

Must receive internship hours from other state college, board of pharmacy or employer

OR 1 year of work experience

Georgia

Georgia State Board of Pharmacy
Anita O. Martin, Executive Director
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
478/207-1686
www.sos.state.ga.us/ebd-pharmacy

 

YES

Except CA & FL

 

The applicant must submit an application to the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy to take the Georgia Practical and the Jurisprudence examinations

Considers FPGEC certification

 

Must have at least taken the FPEE (Foreign Pharmacy Equivalency Examination)

YES

 

BOTH

required

YES

 

GA Practical exam (60% min. or 75% average)

 

FPEE

1500 hrs

1450 to sit for exam

 

up to 1000 hrs under Doctor of Pharmacy program;

up to 480 hrs under the B.S. Pharmacy program

Age 18+

 

 

Hawaii

Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy
Lee Ann Teshima, Executive Officer
P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801
808/586-2694
www.state.hi.us/dcca/pvl/

 

YES

 

Through NABP

 

Except CA & FL

 

If licensed before May 12, 1986 min. score 70; after min. score 75 (NABPLEX OR NAPLEX) plus MPJE min 75

 

Must have FPGEC certification

 

Min. 75 on FPGEE

Min. 550/paper 213/computer on TOEFL

Min. 50 on TSE

YES

 

BOTH

Min. 75 score on each

 

MPJE must be taken in HI even if taken before in another jurisdiction

 

1500 of practice as a registered pharmacist within 5 years prior to application after 1st year in college

Age 18+

Idaho

Idaho Board of Pharmacy
Richard "Mick" Markuson, Executive Director
PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0067
208/334-2356
www.state.id.us/bop

 

Yes

 

Reciprocity with all states except CA & FL

With proof of license + min. 1500 practice hours OR 1 year of full time practice

Must have FPGEC certification through NABP (includes TOEFL)

NAPLEX

A must

 

And Idaho law exam after (MPJE not required)

Yes

 

Idaho law exam

1,500 hours of supervised practice prior to licensure

Age 18+

Illinois

 

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation – State Board of Pharmacy
Sandra Dunn, Pharmacy Coordinator
320 W. Washington Street, Third Floor,
Springfield, IL 62786
217/785-8159
www.dpr.state.il.us/

 

YES

Through the NABP

 

With states that have similar requirements to IL

YES

Must have FPGEC certification

 

Min. 550 on TOEFL

Min. 50 on TSE

YES

BOTH are required (FDLE may substitute NAPLEX)

 

400 internship hours  that are included in 5 year program

5 year pharmacy education in an approved program; if less than 5 years must review curriculum and take completion courses; employment since graduation

 

Age 21+

 

All foreign educated pharmacists must have a course of clinical instruction by a board approved pharmacist

Indiana

 

Indiana Board of Pharmacy
Mark Bina, Director
402 W. Washington Street, Room 041,
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
317/234-2067
http://www.in.gov/hpb/boards/isbp/

 

YES

 

Through NABP

 

Must take Indiana MPJE

Can only reciprocate from original state of licensure

Must have FPGEC certification before IN board exams

Min. 50 on TSE + 1500 hours as intern

Certain Canadian schools exempt

YES

BOTH are required

 

Score 75+

 

Included in approved school program

Age 18+

 

If did not study at an approved school by ACPE or CCPA (Canadian Council on Pharmacy Accreditation) or board approved practical experience program must complete 1,500 supervised hours as an intern

Iowa

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners
Lloyd K. Jessen, Executive Secretary/Director
400 S.W. Eighth Street, Ste. E
Des Moines, IA 50309-4688
515/281-5944
www.state.ia.us/ibpe

 

YES

 

Through NABP with most states

 

Must take the IA MPJE within 12 months

Must have FPGEC certification

+NAPLEX +MPJE

YES

Both are required

 

1,500 hrs

 

hours may be obtained in another state

Graduation from a recognized school of pharmacy or PFGEC certification

Kansas

Kansas State Board of Pharmacy
Susan Linn, Executive Director
Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson, Room 513,
Topeka, KS 66612
785/296-4056
http://www.ink.org/public/pharmacy

YES

 

Through NABP

 

Must take the KS MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

 

Note that KS requires higher scores on TOEFL and TSE than PFGEC:

Min. 470 on paper TOEFL, min. 230 on computerized TOEFL

Min. 55 on TSE

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours

 

hours may be transferred from another state

Age 18+

If the state transferring the license requires one year of licensure prior to transferring to that state, Kansas requires the same time period before consideration of licensure (such as Nebraska)

 

Foreign applicants with a graduate or second-level degree or diploma from a post-
secondary institution in the United States or another English-speaking country may be exempted
from the TOEFL

 

Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Pharmacy
Michael A. Moné, Executive Director
23 Millcreek Park
Frankfort, KY 40601-9230
502/573-1580 (PHONE)
502/573-1582 (FAX)

http://www.state.ky.us/
boards/pharmacy/

Yes

 

Reciprocity as long as other state meets KY requirements AND have been practicing for over 1 year with at least 1,500 hours of practice in that year

Considers FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours

Age 18+

Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy
Malcolm J. Broussard, Executive Director
5615 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 8E,
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-2537
225/925-6496
www.labp.com

 

YES

 

 

Must take LA jurisprudence exam and be interviewed by the board

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hrs

 

some hours may be earned in school, depending on the specific degree

Age 21+

 

Louisiana has an odd requirement that the applicant be a U.S. citizen or a  resident alien appropriately  petitioning for U.S. naturalization.

Maine

 

Maine Board of Pharmacy
Geraldine "Jeri" Betts, Board Administrator
35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
207/624-8603 or Direct Line: 207/624-8620
Fax: 207/624-8637
 PFR/OLR web page: http://www.state.me.us/pfr/olr/

 

YES

 

Must take ME jurisprudence exam

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1500 hours of internship

 

max. 500 hours prior to the beginning of the first professional year and 1000 hours thereafter

 

 

Age 21+

 

All foreign graduates must pass the Proficiency in English as a Foreign Language exam administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy with a score of 700+

 

750 out of the required 1,500 hours of internship requirements must be obtained within the United States

Maryland

 

Maryland Board of Pharmacy
LaVerne George Nasea, Executive Director
4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-2299
410/764-4755
http://www.dhmh.state.md.us
/pharmacyboard/

 

YES

 

Except CA & FL

 

+ at least 520 hours of pharmacy experience after graduation + English oral exam

 

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

Min. 75 in both exams

All applicants must pass an exam of oral English competency

1,560 hours

of employment or volunteer work at any pharmacy

 

OR

1,200 if graduated from specific schools

 

 

Age 18+

Graduate from school approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy (The Board) or accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education; and have completed a Professional Experience Program (PEP).

Graduates from pharmacy schools in NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV

with structured professional experience programs (PEP), are only required to have a total of 1,200 hours.

The Board may accept a PEP conducted or supervised by a school or college of pharmacy.

Massachusetts

 

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy
Charles R. Young, Executive Director
239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02113
617/727-9953
www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/ph

 

Yes

 

Reciprocity through NABP

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Not MPJE but Mass. Pharmacy law exam

 

Yes

 

Massachusetts pharmacy law exam

1,500 hours

Age 18+

Michigan

Michigan Board of Pharmacy
Cathy Seyka, Licensing Manager
611 W. Ottawa, First Floor, P.O. Box 30670,
Lansing, MI 48909-8170
517/373-9102
http://www.cis.state.mi.us

 

Yes

 

From all states

 

With NABP license history

+ Michigan version of MPJE

All foreign graduates must have FPGEC certification

YES

Both required

TOEFL for foreign graduates

1,000 hours of internship prior to licensing

Age 18+

 

Apply for internship license first

Minnesota

 

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy
David E. Holmstrom, Executive Director
2829 University Avenue S.E., Suite 530,
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3251
612/617-2201
http://www.phcybrd.state.mn.us

 

YES

 

Must take reciprocity exam of federal & state law - MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

 

Except certain Canadian schools

 

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500

 

after third year of school

Age 18+

 

Minn. Accepts certain Canadian schools without FPGEC

Mississippi

Mississippi State Board of Pharmacy
William L. "Buck" Stevens, Executive Director
P.O. Box 24507, Jackson, MS 39225-4507
601/354-6750
www.mbp.state.ms.us

 

YES

 

Through NABP + MS MPJE + interview

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,600 hours

 

Missouri

 

Missouri Board of Pharmacy
Kevin E. Kinkade, Executive Director
P.O. Box 625, Jefferson City, MO 65102
573/751-0091
www.ecodev.state.mo.us/pr/pharmacy

 

YES

 

Through NABP. Must take MO MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours of internship

Age 21+

graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent, have had one year practical experience under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist; graduation from a school or of pharmacy approved by the board.

Any person registered or licensed in a foreign country may be licensed in MO upon presenting satisfactory evidence of qualifications equal to MO requirements

+ completion of equivalency + practical examination

 

Montana

 

Montana Board of Pharmacy
Rebecca Deschamps, RPh, Executive Director
P.O. Box 200513
111 N. Jackson
Helena, MT 59620-0513
406/841-2356 fax: 406/841-2343
http://www.com.state.mt.us/License/POL
/pol_boards/pha_board/board_page.htm

 

Yes

 

License transfer process through NABP + Montana MPJE

Montana does not accept foreign graduates nor recognizes FPGEC, unless applying by reciprocity from another state

YES

Both required  @ 75% or higher

 

1,500 internship hours

Montana does not accept foreign graduates nor recognizes FPGEC, unless applying by reciprocity from another state

Nebraska

 

Nebraska Board of Pharmacy
Becky Wisell, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 94986, Lincoln, NE 68509
402/471-2115
www.hhs.state.ne.us

 

Yes

 

Except CA & FL

Through NABP

Plus Nebraska MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours of internship

Age 21+

Nevada

Nevada State Board of Pharmacy
Keith W. Macdonald, Executive Secretary
555 Double Eagle Court, Ste. 1100
Reno, NV 89511-8991
775/850-1440
http://www.state.nv.us/pharmacy

 

Yes

 

Except CA & FL

 

Through NABP

Plus Nevada MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

Yes

 

Both required

 

1,500 internship hours

US graduates must send school transcripts

 

Foreign graduates do not have to have transcripts, only FPGEC certification

New Hampshire

 

New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy
Paul G. Boisseau, Executive Secretary
57 Regional Drive, Concord, NH 03301-8518
603/271-2350
www.state.nh.us/pharmacy/

 

YES

 

With states that have similar requirements

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

Both required

 

1,500 hour or 1 year internship

Age 18+

New Jersey

 

New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy
Lois Johnson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 45013, Newark, NJ 07101
973/504-6450
http://www.state.nj.us/
lps/ca/brief/pharm.htm

 

Yes

 

Except FL

 

Through NABP plus MPJE exam for NJ

Must have  FPGEC certification

Yes

 

Both required

 

1,000 hours of internship

 

(all of which may be earned in PharmD school)

 

New Mexico

 

New Mexico Board of Pharmacy
Jerry Montoya, Chief Inspector/Director
1650 University Boulevard N.E., Suite 400B,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505/841-9102
www.state.nm.us/pharmacy

 

YES

 

NM reciprocates with states that reciprocate with NM

+ MPJE exam

may be required completion of up to 750 internship hours

Must have  FPGEC certification

YES

Both required

 

Min 75 in NAPLEX

Min. 75% in MPJE

 

 

1500 hours if in the Bachelor of Science program, or 2150 hours if in the Doctor of Pharmacy

 

New York

 

New York Board of Pharmacy
Lawrence H. Mokhiber, Executive Secretary
89 Washington Ave.
Second Floor West
Albany, NY 12234-1000
518/474-3817 ext.130
Fax: 518/473-6995
www.nysed.gov/prof/pharm.htm

 

YES

 

Must complete 12 months x 40 hours/week of licensed practice in another jurisdiction + take the MPJE

Requires FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

First NAPLEX.

MPJE only after internship.

 

 

YES

 

CAS 

Exam: Compounding and Dispensing

 

6 months full time internship for U.S. students after passing NAPLEX

Age 21+

Part I – NAPLEX test. Part II - MPJE only after experience & education are verified

Part III – CAS – a NY exam for Compounding and Dispensing drugs

If program is not credited, must complete NAPLEX exam first and 12 months internship, and then apply for MPJE & CAS

North Carolina

North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
David R. Work, Executive Director
P.O. Box 459, Carrboro, NC 27510-0459
919/942-4454
www.ncbop.org

 

Yes

 

With all states except CA & FL

 

Through NABP

Plus NC Law exam

FPGEC certification required of all foreign graduates

NAPLEX

 

Plus NC practical exam (not MPJE)

NC practical exam

 

TOEFL + TSE for foreign graduates

1,500 of board approved internship

Graduation from an accredited school with BS in pharmacy or PharmD degree OR FPGEC

 

Internship at least 30 hours a week but not more than 50 a week and not more that 10 hours per day

North Dakota

North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
Howard C. Anderson, Jr., Executive Director
P.O. Box 1354, Bismarck, ND 58502-1354
701/328-9535

 

Yes

 

With all states except CA & FL

 

Through NABP

Plus ND jurisprudence exam

Must have FPGEC certification

NAPLEX

 

Plus MPJE or  jurisprudence exam

TOEFL

1,500 hours of supervised practice

Age 18+

Ohio

 

Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
William T. Winsley, Executive Director
77 S. High Street, Room 1702
Columbus, OH 43215-6126
614/466-4143
www.state.oh.us/pharmacy/

 

YES

 

Except CA & FL Through NABP with states that have equivalent credentials to OH

Must take MPJE in OH + interview

NABPLEX/NAPLEX taken after 1980

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both are required

 

1,500 hours of internship

Age 18+

 

Hours of internship earned in another state may be recognized if other state has criteria equivalent to Ohio

Foreign graduates may be accredited intern hours only after completion of FPGEC in OH or any other US state

Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy
Bryan H. Potter, Executive Director
4545 Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 112
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3488
405/521-3815
www.state.ok.us/~pharmacy

 

Yes

 

Only for ACPE accredited school graduates

 

Reciprocity not available for foreign graduates, must retake exams again

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma jurisprudence exam

1,500 hours for ACPE accredited schools graduates

 

if a foreign pharmacist only 500 hours required after FPGEC

Foreign pharmacists must complete 500 hours of training as an intern in OK within 6 months of licensure (must apply for an intern license and complete internship after FPGEC but before pharmacist licensure exam)

Oregon

 

Oregon State Board of Pharmacy
Gary A. Schnabel, Executive Director
800 N.E. Oregon Street, #9, State Office Building, Room 425
Portland, OR 97232
503/731-4032
www.pharmacy.state.or.us

 

YES

 

Except CA & FL

 

Must have one year pharmacy practice OR meet Oregon internship requirements within one year prior to reciprocity

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

2,000 hours of internship

after first professional year (third academic year)

Age 18+

 

Hours of internship or practice outside the U.S. do not qualify. Only internship hours obtained AFTER receipt of FPGEC certification qualify.

Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy
Melanie Zimmerman, Executive Secretary
124 Pine Street, P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717/783-7156
www.dos.state.pa.us/
bpoa/phabd/mainpage.htm

 

YES

 

Except CA

 

If applicant received a passing score in a NABP exam (such as NAPLEX)

 

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours

 

up to 750 hours in school

Age 21+

 

FL reciprocity – passing score must be obtained in another jurisdiction not more than 12 years prior to application

 

Rhode Island

 

Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy
Catherine A. Cordy, Chief
3 Capitol Hill, Room 205, Providence, RI 02908
401/222-2837

 

 

Considers FPGEC certification

 

 

 

Age 18+

South Carolina

 

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Board of Pharmacy
Cheryl A. Ruff, Administrator
P.O. Box 11927
Columbia, SC 29211-1927
803/896-4700
http://www.llr.state.sc.us

 

YES

 

Though NABP

+ SC MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours practical training

Internship hours not required before taking the NAPLEX exam, but required for licensure

Foreign pharmacist must complete hours after FPGEC

Max. 500 hours for BS degree and 1,000 hours for PharmD degree. while in school

Min. 500 hours of retail experience

 

South Dakota

South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
Dennis M. Jones, Executive Secretary
4305 S. Louise Avenue, Suite 104
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
605/362-2737
Fax: 605/362-2738
www.state.sd.us/dcr/pharmacy

 

YES

 

Through NABP

 

+ SD Practical Jurisprudence exam

Considers FPGEC certification

YES

 

SD Practical Jurisprudence exam instead of MPJE

SD Practical Jurisprudence exam

1,500 hours

 

min. 880 hours in practical pharmacy experience

Age 18+

Tennessee

 

Tennessee Board of Pharmacy
Kendall M. Lynch, Director
Second Floor, Davy Crockett Tower,
500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243
615/741-2718
www.state.tn.us/commerce/pharmacy

 

Yes

 

Except CA & FL

Plus TN law exam

Must have FPGEC certification

NAPLEX

 

TN law exam (will move to MPJE by the end of 2002)

Yes

TN law exam

1,500 hours of approved internship

 

(1,100 hours may be earned in school through PharmD degree)

Age 21+

Texas

 

Texas State Board of Pharmacy
Gay Dodson, Executive Director/Secretary
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 600, Box 21,
Austin, TX 78701-3942
512/305-8000
www.tsbp.state.tx.us

 

YES

 

+ TX MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

NAPLEX

 

MPJE or

Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence exam

 

1,500 hours

Age 18+

 

FPGEC before internship

Utah

 

Utah Board of Pharmacy
A. Gary Bowen, Bureau Director
160 E. 300 South
P.O. Box 146741, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
801/530-6767
http://www.commerce.state.ut.us/
dopl/dopl1.htm

 

YES

 

Through NABP

+ UT MPJE

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

 

1,500 hours

 

max. 900 hours in college accredited program

Internship hours may be obtained in another state

Vermont

 

Vermont Board of Pharmacy
Carla Preston, Staff Secretary
26 Terrace Street, Drawer 09, Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
802/828-2875
www.vtprofessionals.org/pharmacists

 

Yes

 

VT reciprocates with ALL states

No minimum practice required in other state

Must have FPGEC certification

 

Except certain Canadian schools

Yes

 

VT state law exam/MPJE

 

1,500 hours of approved internship

 

may recognize hours earned in Canada

Age 18+

 

Some Canadian graduates will not be required to take FPGEC exam and certification, only NAPLEX/MPJE and internship hours earned there may be recognized

Virginia

 

Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Elizabeth Scott Russell, Executive Director
6606 W. Broad Street, Suite 400,
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
804/662-9911
http://www.dhp.state.va.us/
pharmacy/default.htm

 

Yes

 

Except for CA

 

With VA law exam

 

Score transfer also available

Must have  FPGEC certification

YES

 

VA law exam (not MPJE)

Yes

 

VA law exam

1,500 hours

 

min. 300 hours in practical pharmacy experience outside school

Age 18+

 

Will accept hours earned in another jurisdiction

Washington

 

Washington State Board of Pharmacy
Donald H. Williams, Executive Director
P.O. Box 47863, Olympia, WA 98504-7863
360/236-4825
www.doh.wa.gov/pharmacy/

 

YES

 

Through NABP

Must have FPGEC certification

 

Except certain Canadian schools

YES

 

Both required

7 hours of AIDS education

1,500 internship hours

Age 18+

 

Graduates of certain Canadian schools, graduated since January 1994, are not required to take FPGEE exam or get FPGEC certification. Only requirements: TOEFL min. 213, TSE min. 50

West Virginia

 

West Virginia Board of Pharmacy
William T. Douglass, Jr., Executive Director
232 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301
304/558-0558

 

Yes

 

Except CA & FL

 

With WV law exam

Must have FPGEC certification before NAPLEX

Yes

 

NAPLEX + WV law exam

WV law exam

1,500 hours of internship

Age 18+

Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board
Patrick D. Braatz, Director
1400 E. Washington, P.O. Box 8935,
Madison, WI 53708
608/266-2812
www.state.wi.us/agencies/drl.

 

YES

 

Except CA & FL

 

Through NABP

 

Must have FPGEC certification

YES

 

Both required

PEB patient consultation exams

1,500 hours

WI will grant practice more than one year in another state for internship or reciprocity purposes, including CA & FL

Wyoming

 

Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy
James T. Carder, Executive Director
1720 S. Poplar Street, Suite 4, Casper, WY 82601
307/234-0294
http://pharmacyboard.state.wy.us

Yes

 

Except CA & FL

 

+ WY MPJE

+ Practiced at least 1 year prior to reciprocation in another US state

Wyoming does NOT recognize FPGEC certification and does NOT license pharmacists educated outside the US

YES

 

Both required

 

Min. 75 score on both

 

2,000 hours

Must list in form all other states where licensed

 

All applicants must be graduates of an ACPE approved schools or they cannot be licensed in Wyoming (meaning foreign graduates not accepted, even if licensed in the US)


About The Author

Gregory Siskind is a partner in Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at gsiskind@visalaw.com.

Karen Weinstock is a partner in Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine's new office in Atlanta, Georgia. Karen graduated law school from Hebrew University School of Law in Jerusalem, Israel and has a license to practice law both in Israel and in New York State. Karen is fluent in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Karen Weinstock worked at the Intellectual Property firm Calderon in Tel Aviv and later at Kramer-Shapira-Schneider in Jerusalem. Immediately prior to joining Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine, Karen had a solo law practice in New York City, focusing on serving Israeli and international clientele doing business or working in the U.S. Karen authors and is the editor of SSHD's Visalaw Health Care Immigration Newsletter. Karen authored a book on the H-1B visa that will be published later this year. She can be reached by e-mail at: kweinstock@visalaw.com.


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