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Multi-Licensure in Pharmacy is NOT Optional

Possessing multiple state licenses in pharmacy is no longer a privilege. It is a necessity.

While no known research has established the percentage of pharmacists licensed in multiple states, a growing number seek to obtain licensure in different states. Why? Namely, college students select the specialty of pharmacy they wish to practice long before graduation, such as mail-order, hospital-setting or nuclear.

As they choose their specialties, students find or are offered internships or jobs away from home before graduation because, oftentimes, those states are the only ones providing opportunities in their chosen categories of pharmacy. They complete their doctor of pharmacy degrees, graduate, receive their authorization to test, take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) and mail or transfer test scores to and obtain licensure from the state in which they will secure their jobs in their selected specialties — not necessarily in their home states.

While now required in 48 states, the NAPLEX/MPJE is customized for the legal requirements of each state and some states have created their own pharmacy law exams. Additionally, some pharmacy chains or companies increasingly require newly-recruited pharmacists to become licensed in more than one state because of particular work arrangements such as the need to hire “floaters” or the presence of branches in more than one state.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, or NABP, offers students service in its license transfer program. All states, except California, consider transferring licenses. Students must check with restrictions from their state boards of pharmacy.

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