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North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) is required in all US jurisdictions. NAPLEX, which is developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), is a computer-adaptive test that assesses the candidate's ability to apply knowledge gained in pharmacy school to practice situations.

The NAPLEX is a four-hour and fifteen-minute examination that consists of 185 five-option, multiple-choice test questions. A majority of the questions on the NAPLEX are asked in a case-based format (ie, patient profiles with accompanying test questions). To properly analyze and answer the questions presented, you must refer to the information provided in the patient profile. Interspersed among these profile-based questions are "stand-alone questions," whose answers are drawn solely from the information provided in the question.

The NAPLEX is administered daily at authorized PrometricTM Testing Centers throughout the United States. Information bulletins and application forms for the NAPLEX are available from the state boards of pharmacy. Click here for cost and additional information.


Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE)

Most states require a drug law examination as a condition of licensure. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) is currently administered in 45 US jurisdictions and is based on a nationally uniform content blueprint, with questions that are tailored to assess the pharmacy jurisprudence requirements of individual states.

In cooperation with participating state boards of pharmacy, the MPJE is uniformly developed, administered, and scored under policies and procedures developed by NABP's Advisory Committee on Examinations and approved by NABP's Executive Committee. The content of the MPJE is approved by boards of pharmacy, practitioners, and educators from around the country through their service as MPJE Review Committee members, item writers, and board of pharmacy representatives.

All candidates are tested on their mastery of pharmacy law as outlined in the MPJE Competency Statements. Each participating state board of pharmacy approves those questions that are specific to the federal and state laws of the jurisdictions in which candidates are seeking licensure. Candidates must take a separate exam for each state or jurisdiction in which they are seeking licensure.

The MPJE is a two-hour, computer-adaptive examination that consists of 90 five-option, multiple-choice test questions. It is also administered daily at authorized PrometricTM Testing Centers. MPJE total fee is $185.

For more information about the test visit National Association of Boards of Pharmacy or visit for a test breakdown.



This internship experience must be gained in a pharmacy licensed with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and under the continuous and direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist who is registered as a preceptor with the Board. The intern may work a maximum of 50 hours per week. None of the internship hours worked outside a college of pharmacy internship program will be substituted for any of the hours required in the Texas college of pharmacy internship program.



Pharmacy residencies accelerate development of advanced professional skills through rigorous education and training under the guidance of a preceptor. Typically lasting a year and offering a stipend, residencies are conducted in hospitals, community pharmacies, managed-care settings and clinics. These intense learning opportunities are equivalent to 3-5 years of actual pharmacy experience, according to Anne Burns, group director of practice development and research for the American Pharmacists Association.

Upon graduation from pharmacy school, students can enter a first-year pharmacy practice residency, or PGY1, which concentrates on direct patient care and practice management. Students who want to focus on one area of pharmacy practice can opt for a second year of specialized residency, or PGY2.

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General Pharmacist Licensure Requirements: Educational Eligibility Requirements

To be licensed, a pharmacist must have graduated from a school of pharmacy approved by the state board of pharmacy or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Graduates of foreign pharmacy schools may meet the educational eligibility requirements for licensure by:

  • Graduating from a US school or college of pharmacy;
  • Earning Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification; and/or
  • Following other procedures approved by the state in which licensure is sought.


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