Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy

Pharmacist Licensure Examinations

Intern Pharmacy Practice Experience Changes

Effective January 1, 2016, section 4209 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
(a) (1) An intern pharmacist shall complete 1,500 hours of pharmacy practice experience before applying for the pharmacist licensure examination.
(2) This pharmacy practice experience shall comply with the Standards of Curriculum established by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or with regulations adopted by the board.
(3) This pharmacy practice experience shall include 900 hours of pharmacy practice experience in a pharmacy as a pharmacist and shall include pharmacy practice experience in both a community and institutional pharmacy practice setting.
(b) An intern pharmacist shall submit proof of his or her pharmacy practice experience on board‐approved affidavits, or another form specified by the board, which shall be certified under penalty of perjury by a pharmacist under whose supervision such the experience was obtained or by the pharmacist‐in‐charge at the pharmacy while the pharmacist intern obtained the experience. Intern hours Pharmacy practice experience earned in another state may be certified by the licensing agency of that state to document proof of those hours.
(c) An applicant for the examination who has been 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 to satisfy the required 1,500 hours of intern pharmacy practice experience, provided that the applicant has obtained a minimum of 900 hours of pharmacy practice experience in a pharmacy as a pharmacist and has pharmacy practice experience in both a community and institutional pharmacy practice setting. Certification of an applicant’s licensure in another state shall be submitted in writing and signed, under oath, by a duly authorized official of the state in which the license is held.
(d) An applicant for the examination who has graduated after January 1, 2016, from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy or school of pharmacy recognized by the board shall be deemed to have satisfied the pharmacy practice experience requirements specified in subdivisions (a) and (b).

Please review the Pharmacist Examination and Licensure Application Instructions for additional information on the documents required to submit with the application pertaining to the intern pharmacy practice experience.

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