Laws in all states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, require applicants for licensure to: 1) be of good moral character; 2) be 21 years of age (Arizona is an exception); 3) have graduated from a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program of an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy; and 4) have passed two examinations given by the board of pharmacy. All states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands use the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).
All jurisdictions require candidates for licensure to have a record of practical experience or internship training acquired under the supervision and instruction of a licensed practitioner. Some states, including Arizona accept the training completed during a formal academic program, e.g., CPG's Pharm.D. Program.
Publications concerning the NAPLEX licensure examination and internship experience are available from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, 1600 Feehanville Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056; 847/391-4406, www.nabp.net
For further information regarding licensure, please contact the Office of the Dean.