Licensure to practice pharmacy in the U.S.

Foreign pharmacy graduates that wish to practice in the U.S. must undertake the following steps to become licensed pharmacists:

  1. Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE)
    Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification
    Foreign pharmacy graduates that wish to practice in the U.S. are required to pass the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) as part of the FPGEC Certification process.
    FPGEC
    In order to complete the FPGEC, which provides a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate’s foreign pharmacy education, these graduates follow below steps:

    1. visit the website of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy at www.nabp.net
      NOTE: FPGEC requirements are available on the following link http://www.nabp.net/programs/examination/fpgec
      NOTE: Application Bulletin, Page 12: Official Supporting Documentation to FPGEC
      “Official proof of a license and/or registration to practice pharmacy in the country or jurisdiction where you earned a pharmacy degree is required.
      If a license and/or registration is required to practice pharmacy in the country or jurisdiction where you earned a pharmacy degree, you must obtain the license and/or registration in that country or jurisdiction to be considered for FPGEC Certification. If both a license and registration are required, you must submit official documentation of both.”
    2. visit website http://www.toefl.org and get an application form for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) & Test of Spoken English (TSE).
  2. After passing all these exams, they will receive FPGEE certificate that they can use for sitting in state board exam (NAPLEX).– (US citizens as well as foreign pharmacy graduates)
    The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) is required in all U.S. jurisdictions except California, which administers its own examination.
    They must meet the requirements of the state or jurisdiction in which they are seeking licensure. In most states, some examinations and other qualifications are prerequisites for licensure. They must contact the board of pharmacy of the state in which they wish to practice for their specific licensure requirements.
  3. MPJE ( US citizens as well as foreign pharmacy graduates)
    Most states require a drug law examination as a condition of licensure. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) is currently administered in many states and is based on a nationally uniform content blueprint, with questions that are tailored to assess the pharmacy jurisprudence requirements of individual states.
  4. Internships
    All state boards of pharmacy require candidates to complete an internship or externship before licensure.