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Frequently Asked Questions on Pharmacy Students/Licensure by Exam

Q: Are pharmacy students required to register with the Board as pharmacy technicians?

A: Read the Board's policy on registration of pharmacy students employed as technicians.


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Q: May a properly trained pharmacy student administer vaccinations?

A. An appropriately trained pharmacy student may administer vaccines so long as, and only if, that student is doing so under the direct supervision of a certified pharmacist vaccinator.


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STEP 1: INTERNSHIP HOURS

Q: How many hours are required for Licensure in North Carolina?
A: 1,500.

Q: What school hours count toward the 1,500 hours?
A: All.

Q: When do I need to register hours with the North Carolina Board?
A: You will need to register if you are going to a state that does not accept all school hours (for example, you are working over summer or holiday breaks to earn additional hours outside of the school curriculum).

Q: How do I register hours with the North Carolina Board?
A: Complete the Practical Pharmacy Experience Affidavit and submit to the North Carolina Board.

Q: What is the name of the form I use to register my hours?
A: Practical Pharmacy Experience Affidavit.

Q: When is the NC Practical Pharmacy Experience Affidavit Due?
A: No later than 30 days after you have graduated, but we highly recommend that you complete the form and submit it as soon as you have finished working the hours.

Q: Where is the form located?
A: On the Board’s website under Internship Information: http://www.ncbop.org/Forms%20and%20Applications%20-%20Pharmacists/PracticalPhcyExperienceAffidavit.pdf

Q: When should I have hours certified to another state?
A: Usually hours are certified after you have graduated.

Q: Who do I contact to have hours certified to another state?
A: Stacie Mason at the Board.

 

STEP 2: SUBMIT APPLICATION TO THE NORTH CAROLINA BOARD

Q: Where is the exam application located?
A: On the Board’s website under the Students tab: https://www.ncbop2.org/PharmacistApplication/Application/apply.

Q: How do I submit the application?
A: Complete the application online: https://www.ncbop2.org/PharmacistApplication/Application/apply.

Q: When do I register?
A: Most candidates begin registering around March. There is no deadline for the application.

Q: How long does my application take to process?
A: 7 – 14 days.

Q: What is the fee?
A: $100.00 (Non-Refundable)

Q: What forms of payment are acceptable?
A: The Board ONLY accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The Board DOES NOT ACCEPT cash, checks, or money orders.

Q: How do I know my application has been received?
A: You will receive an email from the Board confirming receipt of your application.

Q: How long is my application valid?
A: One year from the date submitted.

CHARGES:

Q: What charges do I need to list?
A: Have you ever been summoned, arrested, taken into custody, indicted, convicted or tried for, or charged with, or pleaded guilty or nolo contender to the violation of any law or ordinance of the commission of any felony or misdemeanor? If your answer is “YES”, mail/email a personal, written statement describing in full the nature of any such matters, with complete facts, charging documents and disposition of the matter. Only traffic violations unrelated to alcohol or drugs may be excluded from this answer. If the matter has been expunged from your records, do not list.

Q: Do I list a charge that has been expunged?
A: No.

Q: If I have charges, what do I need to submit to the Board?
A: A personal, written statement describing the full nature/circumstances of the charges. Copies of the charging document(s) and the court’s disposition of the charge(s) are also required.

Q: How does the Board review this information?
A: The information is submitted to Jay Campbell, the NC Board of Pharmacy’s Executive Director, for review.

CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATION:

Q: What is the certificate of graduation?
A: This form will be completed by your school of pharmacy. It certifies your dates of enrollment in pharmacy school, graduation date, and hours acquired.  It must bear the school’s official seal, but it can be mailed in by you or a the school.

Q: Do I need to submit the certificate of graduation?
A: Students from Campbell University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wingate University do NOT need to submit the certificate; your school will submit it for you. Students from ALL OTHER schools of pharmacy must submit this certificate to the NC Board.

EXAM ID NUMBER:

Q: What is the exam ID number?
A: A number issued by the NC Board when you register to take the exam.

Q: How do I utilize the exam ID number?
A: Use this number to log in to the Board’s website: https://www.ncbop2.org/Online/exams/login.asp. You may update your home address and check your exam scores. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

SCORE TRANSFER:

Q: What is score transfer?
A: Score transfer is a process that allows you to transfer your NAPLEX to other states. Score transfer allows you to use the NAPLEX score in other states without repeating the exam.

Q: When should I score transfer?
A: You would choose score transfer if you are thinking of getting licensed in another state when you graduate.

Q: How long do I have to do the score transfer?
A: Up to 90 days after you have taken the NAPLEX.

Q: What is the score transfer fee?
A: $75.00 per state you would like the score sent to.

 

STEP 3: REGISTER FOR NAPLEX AND MPJE EXAMS

  • MPJE EXAM – Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (pharmacy law exam) $250.00
  • NAPLEX EXAM – North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (knowledge of practice of pharmacy) $575.00

SPECIAL TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS:

Q: Where do I find ADA Testing Accommodations Guidelines?
A:  All requests for testing accommodations for qualified individuals will be evaluated by the NC Board of Pharmacy.  The Accommodation Request Form can be found in the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin, and must be submitted to Stacie Mason at the NC Board of Pharmacy.  You may NOT schedule your exam directly with PearsonVue until you have been notified to do so by Stacie.

Q: Where and how do I register for these exams?
A: Registration is online at The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB)’s website: http://www.nabp.net/.

Q: What form of payment is acceptable for these exams?
A: Credit card.

Q: When do I pay for these exams?
A: When you register.

Q: When and how will I know I have been approved for these exams?
A: You will receive an ATT number (Authorization to Test) by email.

AUTHORIZATION TO TEST:

Q: What is the ATT number?
A: Authorization to Test.

Q: How do I receive the ATT number?
A: By email.

Q: What do I do if I have lost my ATT?
A: Contact PearsonVue customer service, 1-888-709-2679

Q: How long do I have to register for these exams?
A: 1 year.

Q: How long are the scores valid?
A: 2 years.

Q: What resources will help me prepare for the exam(s)?
A: Past issues of NC Board of Pharmacy/NABP newsletters (which can be downloaded here: http://www.ncbop.org/newsletters.htm); journals and newsletters published by national and state pharmacy professional associations; and pharmacy laws and rules (which can be downloaded here: http://www.ncbop.org/lawandrules.htm).

 

STEP 4: TAKING THE EXAMS & EXAM RESULTS

Q: When can I take the exams?
A: Any time after you have submitted your application to the NC Board and have GRADUATED. Board must have the Certificate of Graduation to approve you for the boards.

Q: How do I schedule my Examination appointment?
A: Once you receive your ATT, you may schedule your appointment to test at any time during the eligibility period, depending upon availability at the testing site.  Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Your ATT letter will indicate the time frame within which you may schedule an appointment.  For more information, refer to the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration bulletin.

Q: Where do I take the exams?
A: Person VUE Testing Centers (website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/).

Q: What identification is required at the testing center?
A: The ID requirements for admission to the testing center consist of a primary form of ID that contains both your signature and a recent photo of you, and a secondary form of ID that contains your signature.  See the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for details regarding name matching and acceptable forms of ID.

Q: How long will I have to wait for exam results?
A: Usually 3 – 5 business days.

Q: How can I access my exam results?
A: You may view at NABP’s website or NCBOP’s website.

Q: What is a passing score?
A: 75.

EXAM FAILURES

Q: Can I take the exam(s) again?
A: Yes.

Q: How many times may I retake the exam(s)?
A: Effective March 1, 2013, a candidate who has attempted to pass the NAPLEX or MPJE five (5) or more times will have one final opportunity to pass the applicable examination. Click here to read more from NABP regarding testing limits: http://www.ncbop.org/PDF/NABP_Nov2012_NAPLEX_MPJE_TestingLimits.pdf.

Q: How long do I have to wait to take the exam(s) again?
A: 30 days for the MPJE; and 45 days for the NAPLEX.

Q: What is the process for taking the exam(s) again?
A: You must register, which includes paying the fee again, at NABP’s website: http://www.nabp.net/.

 

STEP 5: LICENSURE

Q: When will I be licensed?
A: The following Thursday after both NAPLEX and MPJE scores have been received. Licenses are issued by noon.

Q: How can I find my license number?
A: Visit the NCBOP website, go to Pharmacists, then choose Verify a License. Type in your name. (http://www.ncbop.org/ncbop_verification.htm).

Q: When can I practice?
A: Once your license number has been issued, you may practice.

Q: How can I print a certificate?
A: Visit the NCBOP website, go to Pharmacists, then Pharmacist Login. You will need your license number and PIN (which is always the last four digits of your Social Security Number). Once the main menu appears, click on Certificate and follow the prompts. (https://www.ncbop2.org/Licensee/Account/LoginPharmacist).

Q: When will I get my original license (large wall certificate) from the Board?
A: Original licenses/certificates are normally mailed within 10 days after you have been licensed by the Board.

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