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REQUIREMENTS - PHARMACIST EXAM & LICENSE Access this form via website at: LICENSE GENERAL 1. Citizenship and Age Requirement - Is at least 18 years of age and is a United States citizen, a REQUIREMENTS United States national, or an alien authorized to work in the United States. Social Security Number - Your social security number is used to verify your identity for licensing purposes and for compliance with the below laws. For a license to be issued you must provide your social security number or your application will be deemed deficient and will not be processed further. The following laws require that you furnish your social security number to our agency: FEDERAL LAWS: 42 U.S.C.A. 666(a)(13) requires the social security number of any applicant for a professional license or occupational license be recorded on the application for license; and If you are a licensed health care practitioner, 45 C.F.R., Part 61, Subpart B, 61.7 requires the social security number as part of the mandatory reporting we must do to the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB), of any final adverse licensing action against a licensed health care practitioner. HAWAII REVISED STATUTES ( HRS ): 576D-13(j), HRS requires the social security number of any applicant for a professional license or occupational license be recorded on the application for license; and 436B-10(4) HRS which states that an applicant for license shall provide the applicant's social security number if the licensing authority is authorized by federal law to require the disclosure (and by the federal cites shown above, we are authorized to require the social security number). 2. Education - Graduation from pharmacy school or college accredited or has received candidate status by the American Council Pharmeceutical Education ( ACPE ). 3. Examination - Pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) for this State, each with a minimum passing score of Practical Experience All applicants for a Hawaii pharmacist license shall submit verification of at least 1,500 hours of practical experience in a pharmacy. You may submit this verification before or after you sit for the examinations. There are two ways to verify the 1,500 hours: Pharmacy Intern Hours earned as a pharmacy intern in this State or any other State may be credited provided the hours were obtained after the first year of pharmacy school, were conducted under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and is verified by either the pharmacy school or the board of Pharmacy, as a pharmacy intern, for that state. Experience as a Practicing Pharmacist in Another State Hours earned as a practicing pharmacist in another state may be credited provided the 1,500 hours were obtained within the last five (5) years preceding the date of application and the hours are verified by your employer (see Certification of Work Experience as a Registered Pharmacist form attached to this application), or if self-employed, a statement by the applicant attesting that the applicant owned and operated an independent pharmacy and that the applicant has practiced pharmacy as a licensed pharmacist for 1,500 hours or more within the five years preceding the date of application. A combination of the above may be accepted if the applicant is a recent graduate of an accredited pharmacy school and has earned some practical experience as a pharmacist. Practical experience means the selling of drugs, compounding prescriptions, preparing pharmaceutical preparations, and keeping records and making reports under state and federal statutes. 5. Application - Complete and submit an Application for Exam and License - Pharmacist with a $50 non-refundable application fee made payable to Commerce & Consumer Affairs . Your application will not be processed without this fee. Failure to provide all the requested information will delay the processing of your application. PH R (CONTINUED ON BACK) PATHWAYS TO Reciprocity or Licensure Transfer (If licensed in another state or territory of the United States with PHARMACIST qualifications that are equal or exceed Hawaii's requirements. Note: California and Florida do not LICENSURE reciprocate.) 1. NABP Application for Transfer of Pharmaceutic Licensure - Contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to obtain information and application for the Application for Transfer of Pharmaceutic Licensure. Effective March 1, 2005, NABP will discontinue the hard copy version of this application which is currently available on NABP's website at:www.nabp.net under Licensure Transfer and Licensure Transfer Application . Upon receipt of this report from the NABP, you must forward this to the Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy along with the Board's application within 90 days of the NABP's report date of issuance. You may submit the Board's application while awaiting your NABP report to be completed. Note: Both your state application and your Transfer of Licensure Report must be received in our office. You may contact NABP at: NABP 1600 Feehanville Drive Mount Prospect, IL Phone: (847) Practical Experience Refer to 4. Practical Experience on page 1 under General Requirements . 3. Examinations: a. If the license you are reciprocating was obtained before June 22, 1976, you will need to have passed the pharmacist licensing exam administered in that state with a general average score of at least 70. b. NABPLEX OR NAPLEX: If the license you are reciprocating was obtained on or after June 22, 1976, and before May 12, 1986, minimum passing general average score of 70; or If the license you are reciprocating was obtained on or after May 12, 1986, minimum passing converted score of 75. c. Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) - Pass with a minimum score of 75. All applicants are required to take and pass the MPJE for Hawaii licensure. The MPJE taken for another state license is not valid for Hawaii. Examination 1. Certified Transcript - Arrange with your pharmacy school or college to send directly to our office, a certified transcript showing graduation date and degree conferred. Your pharmacy school or college must be accredited or has received candidate status by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). 2. Practical Experience Refer to 4. Practical Experience on page 1 under General Requirements . 3. License Verification - If licensed in another state or territory of the United States, submit verification from the licensing authority of the status of your license(s), whether or not current, inactive, lapsed, or ever made conditional, suspended, or revoked. Use the attached Verification of License - Pharmacist form. If you have a license that is or has been encumbered, pending disciplinary action, or an unresolved complaint, you shall provide all information and documentation regarding to the matter. 4. Examinations - Pass the NAPLEX and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam ( MPJE ), each with a minimum score of 75. See for examination information. -2- PATHWAYS TO PHARMACIST LICENSURE (Cont'd) Score Transfer 1. If you have taken and passed the NAPLEX Exam - Apply to NABP to have your passing NAPLEX score sent directly to the Hawaii Board. The applicant is responsible for complying with and paying for any fees incurred to participate in the NABP Score Transfer Program. See for examination information. 2. MPJE - Pass with a minimum score of 75. All applicants are required to take and pass the MPJE for Hawaii licensure. The MPJE taken for another state license is not valid for Hawaii. 3. Certified Transcript - Arrange with your pharmacy school or college to send directly to our office, a certified transcript showing graduation date and degree conferred. Your pharmacy school or college must be accredited or has received candidate status by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). 4. Practical Experience - Refer to 4. Practical Experience on page 1 under General Requirements . 5. License Verification - If licensed in another state or territory of the United States, submit verification from the licensing authority of the status of your license(s), whether or not current, inactive, lapsed, or ever made conditional, suspended, or revoked. Use the attached Verification of License - Pharmacist form. If you have a license that is or has been encumbered, pending disciplinary action, or an unresolved complaint, you shall provide all information regarding the matter. Foreign Educated Applicants via Reciprocity or Licensed in Another State 1. Arrange to have an official transcript sent from your pharmacy college directly to the Hawaii Board. 2. Submit copies of certificates showing you passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE). The Hawaii Board will then verify these scores directly with NABP. 3. Examinations - If you are reciprocating a license that was obtained prior to December 24, 1992, you must have a minimum passing converted score of 75 on the FPGEE; and the minimum TOEFL score of 550 if paper-based or 213 if computer-based test, or minimum TSE score of 50, if the official language was other than English in the country where educated. If you are reciprocating a license that was obtained on or after December 24, 1992, you must have a minimum passing converted score of 75 on the FPGEE; and have both the TOEFL minimum score of 550 if paper-based, or 213 if computer-based, and the TSE minimum score of 50. Applicants are to make their own arrangements to sit for the FPGEE, TOEFL and TSE. For FPGEE, contact: For TSE and TOEFL, contact: Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission 1600 Feehanville Drive Phone No.: (847) Mount Prospect, IL Educational Testing Service P.O. Box 6151 Phone No.: (609) Princeton, NJ Practical Experience Refer to 4. Practical Experience on page 1 under General Requirements . No credit for practical pharmaceutical experience gained outside the United States. 5. Practical Experience - Refer to 4. Practical Experience on page 1 under General Requirements . Foreign Educated -3- Applicants via Reciprocity or Licensed in Another State (cont'd) PATHWAYS TO PHARMACIST 6. NAPLEX Exam - Apply to NABP to have your passing NAPLEX score sent directly to the LICENSURE Hawaii Board. The applicant is responsible for complying with and paying for any fees (Cont'd) incurred to participate in the NABP Score Transfer Program. 7. MPJE - Pass with a minimum score of 75. All applicants are required to take and pass the MPJE for Hawaii licensure. The MPJE taken for another state license is not valid for Hawaii. Foreign Educated Applicants via Examination 1. Obtain the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Certification (FPGEC) which includes the following exams: a. FPGEE - minimum passing score of 75. b. TOEFL - minimum passing score of 550 if paper-based test, or 213 if computer-based test. c. TSE - minimum passing score of 50. Applicants are to make their own arrangements to obtain the FPGEC and shall comply with the testing agencies' requirements. For the FPGEC application and information, contact: Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee National Association of Boards of Pharmacy 1600 Feehanville Drive Mount Prospect, IL Telephone No.: (847) After receiving your FPGEC, complete and submit Application for Exam & License - Pharmacist. Attach the $50 non-refundable application fee made payable to Commerce and Consumer Affairs . Your application will not be processed without this fee. Attach a copy of your FPGEC. 3. Examinations: Pass the NAPLEX and the MPJE exams, each with a minimum score of 75. See for examination information. 4. Practical Experience: Refer to 4. Practical Experience on page 1 under General Requirements . No credit for practical pharmaceutical experience gained outside the United States RELEASE INFORMATION If an agency or individual is assisting you with the licensure process, we will not be able to release any OF information to them unless you provide us with authorization. If you wish to do so, please complete the portion on Release of Information to Third Party, sign and date it. This material can be made available for individuals with special needs. Please call the Licensing Branch Manager at (808) to submit your request. -4- GENERAL INFORMATION - PHARMACIST APPLICATION FOR EXAM AND LICENSE ALL APPLICANTS 1. Licensure requirements are subject to change as a result of new laws or rules, or from new policies and procedures adopted by the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs ( Department ) in cooperation with the Board of Pharmacy ( Board ). Applicants must meet current licensure requirements. 2. It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange for submission of all required documentation for timely completion of the application. The Department does NOT have an obligation to notify applicants of incomplete documentation. Applicants may contact the Department periodically to monitor the status of their file with regard to the receipt of supporting documents. 3. Applications are kept for only two years after filing, after which the Board can discard applications. Therefore, applicants must complete all licensure requirements within two years of filing the application with the Board. Licensure requirements also include payment of all fees. If you are not licensed within one year of filing your application, you will be required to update your application information, including license status verifications from the other state pharmacy boards. 4. License verification: If you are licensed, or ever held a license in another state/territory of the United States, and you are not applying for a license via reciprocity or license transfer, you must have your license status verified by that licensing authority. Use the attached form. Check with the licensing agency for any fees you may need to pay and also the amount of time for that agency to process your license verification to our State. 5. Examination Forms: For exam information, please read the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin which can be downloaded from After the Board has determined you are eligible to sit for the exam(s), you will be mailed an approval notice with instructions to register for the exam(s) online. 6. Postponement or withdrawal of exam: Refer to the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin. 7. Results and Re-examination: Results will be mailed approximately within 10 days after taking the exam. If you fail an exam and you wish to pursue licensure, you need to re-register for the exam failed. 8. License fees: These are separate from, and in addition to, the application and examination fees. You will be notified of amount due after successfully passing the required exam(s). $ Even-numbered years; $ Odd-numbered years. 9. Hawaii Pharmacy laws and rules: Copies are available by submitting a written request to: Board of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI The MPJE is referenced, in part, to the following laws and rules: a. Chapter 461, Hawaii Revised Statutes, HRS, Pharmacists and Pharmacies b. Title 16, Chapter 95, Hawaii Administrative Rules, HAR, Pharmacists and Pharmacies c. Chapter 328, HRS, Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics d. Chapter 329, HRS, Uniform Controlled Substances Act e. Chapter 436B, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the Professional and Vocational Licensing Law The laws and rules are also posted on our website at: Click on Pharmacy and Pharmacist . Then click on Statute/Rule Chapter . Other recommended references: f. Title 23, Chapters 200 and 201, HAR, available at: g. Chapter 330, HRS, Sale of Poisons, available at: All candidates for licensure must be familiar with the current Federal and State laws, rules and regulations. Should there be any conflict between the State laws, the stricter law will apply. 10. Certified Photocopies of documents: You may attach to your application certified copies of your pharmacy transcript, FPGEC. A certified copy of a document must contain the statement, I have reviewed the original document and attest that this is a true and exact copy of the original written by the notary public, and partially covered by the notary public's seal or signature. Each page must be certified. In lieu of certified copies, you may submit: a. The originals (be advised that the Board will not return any document to the applicant; because all submittals become the property of the Department); or b. Arrange to have the issuing institution send directly to the Board the documentation that is required for licensure. PH R (CONTINUED ON BACK) 11. Instructions for Yes Answers to Questions (5) through (7) of the Application for License (PH-01) A. The following documentation must be submitted with the license application. Applications for license will not be considered without this material. 1. Questions 5 and 6 refer to complaints, charges of unlicensed activity, or pending disciplinary actions for any profession, occupation, or license. If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, read paragraph B below, AND you must submit the following: i. A statement signed by you explaining the circumstances; and ii. Copies of any documents from the agency, including final orders, petitions, complaints, findings of fact and conclusions of law, and any other relevant documents; 2. If your application indicates a criminal conviction, read paragraph B below, and you must submit the following: i. A statement signed by you explaining the circumstances leading to the conviction and detailing all activities since the conviction, including employment and business involvements. Include job title, period of employment, employer's name, description of duties, training attended, and educational courses attended. ii. iii. iv. A copy of the court order, verdict, and terms of sentence; and If applicable, a copy of the terms of probation and/or parole and a statement from your probation or parole officer as to your compliance with the court orders; A current criminal history record check in your name from the state where the conviction occurred and the state where you currently reside, if different. In Hawaii, you may obtain a criminal history record check from the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center. Contact the Department of the Attorney General, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, Kekuanao'a Building, 465 S. King Street, Rm. 101, Honolulu, HI Ph: (808) or visit their website at: to request a Criminal History Record Check form. B. If you answered yes to questions (5) through (7), your application will be reviewed at a Board of Pharmacy meeting if you have provided all applicable information and documents as described above. The Board will not review incomplete applications. If you wish to present oral testimony at the Meeting, submit a written request with your application. 12. License renewal: All pharmacist licenses, regardless of when issued, expire on December 31 of each odd-number year and are subject to renewal by the license expiration date. A License Renewal Application is mailed approximately 60 days prior to December 31 of each odd-numbered year to your last address on file with the Licensing Branch. The Board/Department/Licensing Branch is not responsible for non-receipt of any mail. The burden is on the licensee to ensure that his/her license is kept active. A forfeited (non-renewed) pharmacist license may be restored up to three (3) years from the date of forfeiture, upon the filing of a restoration application and completing the restoration requirements. If restoring your license in the 2 nd or 3 rd year after the expiration date, your request for restoration of your license MUST be accompanied by: 1) Written statement of employment from a licensed pharmacist verifying 1,500 hours within the preceding five (5) years (dates and places) since delinquent, if licensed
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