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by Lisa Levi,
WES Education Services
April 10, 2023
Licensure is required to practice as a pharmacist in the United States.
Each state has a board of pharmacy that regulates licenses, and requirements vary by state, so be sure to contact your state board for specific information.
In all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, internationally trained pharmacists are required to earn the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification before applying for licensure from a state board of pharmacy. There are three steps to the FPGEC process:
After you have obtained your FPGEC certification, most states require that you pass both the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).