The six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program is designed for U.S., Canadian, and other international high school or college graduates whose goal is to receive a degree in pharmacy. This six-year Pharm. D. curriculum is designed to meet the standards and guidelines for professional programs in pharmacy defined by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). It also adheres to the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and to the requirements of the Council on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications.
Candidates for this program may be accepted after demonstrating a necessary record of academic achievement in Biology, Chemistry, and English; and after passing an interview with PUMS Admissions Committee. High school graduates apply for admission to the first year (first pre-pharmacy year), whereas college graduates may apply for admission to the third year (first professional year) of the Pharm. D. Program.
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.
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:
I. visit the website http://www.nabp.net and get an application form for FPGEE
II. 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.
All state boards of pharmacy require candidates to complete an internship or externship before licensure.
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