Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy

Pharmacist Licensure Examinations

January 1, 2013, the board updated the following:

  • Pharmacist Examination and Licensure Application includes the licensure process for spouses or partners of Active Duty Military members,
  • Verification of Licensure in Another State form (17A.16), to include intern pharmacist hours earned in another state.

Military
The board is required to expedite the licensure process for an applicant whose spouse or partner is an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces and meets other criteria pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 115.5. Please refer to the Pharmacist Examination and Licensure Application Instructions for further information on this requirement.

Intern Hours
An applicant for the pharmacist examination and licensure must complete and provide documentation of 1,500 hours of pharmacy practice experience as an intern pharmacist OR submit verification of licensure as a pharmacist for at least one year in another state.   The board will NOT accept transcripts in lieu of the Pharmacy Intern Hours Affidavit(s).  A total of 1,500 intern hours is required but does not have to be obtained in one pharmacy location. Intern hours must be earned in the United States.

Documentation of 1,500 Intern Hours

  • Intern hours earned in California must be completed on the Pharmacy Intern Hours Affidavit form (17A-29) documenting 1,500 intern hours of pharmacy practice experience as an intern pharmacist.
  • Intern hours obtained in another state may be submitted to the board on one of the following forms:
    • Verification of License in Another State form (17A-16). If you hold an intern license in another state this form must be submitted verifying the status of your intern license. If the licensing agency in the state where the intern hours were obtained will transfer your intern hours to California, you may request that licensing agency to certify the number of intern hours on this form. Not all state licensing agencies will transfer intern hours to another state. Please contact the state licensing agency directly to verify if they will transfer your intern hours to California along with verifying your license status in that state.  

OR

    • If the state licensing agency will not transfer your intern hours to California, you are still required to submit proof of your intern hours on the Pharmacy Intern Hours Affidavit form (17A-29) documenting 1,500 hours of pharmacy practice experience as an intern pharmacist. However, you are still required to have the state licensing agency verify the status of your intern license on the Verification of License in Another State form (17A-16).  

Licensed as a pharmacist in another state for at least one year.

  • Applicants licensed as a pharmacist in any state for at least one year, as certified by the licensing agency of that state, may submit this certification (Verification of License in another State form 17A-16) to satisfy the required 1,500 hours of intern experience, provided that the applicant has obtained a minimum of 900 hours of pharmacy practice experience in a pharmacy as an intern pharmacist or pharmacist.

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