Florida Board of Pharmacy Requirements

Pharmacists have an extensive knowledge of medications, their indications, contraindications, side-effects, and more. They maintain relationships with their clients while dispensing medications as prescribed. Pharmacists can also perform health screenings and administer vaccinations. They are an important member of your healthcare team. If you are looking to pursue a career in pharmacy, the following will help you understand the requirements for doing so in Florida through the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

In order to work as a pharmacist, you will need to get a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited university. You will need to take the PCAT exam to be admitted to a PharmD program. Once admitted, it will take about 4 years to get your degree.

If you wish to work in a pharmacy in any capacity in Florida, you will have to pass several tests with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. These tests vary depending on what level you’re hoping to achieve. You could choose to be a Pharmacist, a Consulting Pharmacist, or a Pharmacy Technician. These are all great options and you should look into each before making a decision. In this article, we will look at becoming a pharmacist through the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

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What Is the Florida Board of Pharmacy?

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The Florida Board of Pharmacy is a group of 9 professionals, some directly in the field of pharmacy and some not, who make decisions for the state regarding health care regulation. They are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. Seven of the 9 members must be licensed pharmacists who live in the state of Florida and who have been working as pharmacists in the state for at least 4 years. They need to be representative of the different practice settings. The board also works with other pharmacy groups as well the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Essentially, they are responsible for establishing and maintaining standards for the State of Florida while also making sure the state complies with federal law. Here is a list of how the board is broken down by background:

Community Pharmacists

Two of the members must be currently practicing pharmacy in a community setting.

Class II Institutional

Two of the members must be currently practicing pharmacy in a Class II institutional pharmacy or a Modified Class II pharmacy

Other Settings

Three members should be licensed in the state of Florida and can work in any setting.

Laypersons

The final two members must be residents of the state of Florida, but cannot have any ties to the field of pharmacy

Violations

You cannot serve on the Florida Board of Pharmacy if you have any connections to drug manufacturers or wholesalers.

The Governor must appoint new members to the board as the terms of the current members end or whenever there is a vacancy. The number and types of members must meet the above requirements at all times.

How Does Someone Become a Pharmacist?

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As stated above, you must have a Doctor of Pharmacology degree in order to become a pharmacist. You must also take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The PCAT consists of seven tests that measure writing ability, verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, and biology and chemistry knowledge. As a PharmD student, you will take courses in the following disciplines: 

  • Pharmaceutical chemistry: the use of chemistry to design and evaluate drugs
  • Pharmacognosy: the study of drugs derived from plants and animals
  • Pharmacology: the study of the effect of drugs on the human body

You will also study how to dispense medication, counsel patients, and general business concepts. As a pharmacist, you will not only deal with medication. You need a working knowledge of merchandizing, accounting, and the legal system.

Before you graduate, you will receive clinical training in many settings, such as hospital, community and compounding pharmacies. You will also do clinical rotations through hospitals, doctor’s offices, and drug companies. After you’ve completed all of your education and clinical rotations, you will graduate and begin seeking a job in the industry. Your next step is to be licensed in the state where you will work. In this article, we will look at becoming a pharmacist in Florida.

Becoming a Pharmacist in Florida

In order to become a pharmacist in Florida, you must apply for a license. Licenses are issued by the Florida Board of Pharmacy. You must have a passing score on the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) and the MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination). If you have already taken the NAPLEX, you can transfer your score up to 3 years after taking the test. You can apply for a license by endorsement, but that requires a different procedure.

When completing your application, make sure that it is filled out in its entirety. If you graduated after January 1, 2001, you will only need a certificate of graduation. If you earned your degree before January 1, 2001, you will need to show documentation of 2080 hours of intern or work experience by submitting the appropriate form.

Once you have fully completed your application and submitted it to the board, you will hear within 7-14 days if any additional documents are required. You will need to submit a Social Security form. Make sure to follow all directions concerning which forms may be needed, where they must originate from, and how they should be submitted. You have 1 year to submit your required documents or you must reapply and pay a $100 fee.

Once you have submitted all documentation, it will be reviewed and you will be notified of your status. At this time, you will register for the NAPLEX and the MPJE. You will be give an authorization to test, which is valid for 1 year. Your scores will be sent directly to the Board of Pharmacy. Once you have passed the examinations, your license will be mailed to you within 7 days of the issue date.

Continuing Education

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In order to maintain your pharmacy license in the state of Florida, you will need to take continuing education classes. The requirements of CE in Florida are:

  • 26 hours of General Training (10 must be live)
  • 2 hours of Controlled Substance training
  • 2 hours of Medication Errors

You may count 5 hours of attendance at a Board of Pharmacy meeting toward your CE. You can only count 10 hours of this time every 2 years. You may count 5 hours of serving as a Board of Pharmacy Board Member toward your CE at a maximum of 10 hours every 2 years. If you are renewing your license for the first time and your previous license was issued 12 months or more after your initial licensure date, you must complete the following CE requirements:

  • 15 hours of general training (5 must be live)
  • 2 hours of Controlled Substances
  • 2 hours of Medication Errors
  • 1 hour of HIV/AIDS 


If your initial renewal occurs less than 12 months from your initial licensure date, you are required to complete: 

  • 2 hours of Controlled Substances
  • 2 hours of Medication Errors
  • 1 hour of HIV/AIDS

Other Renewal Details

All current licenses will expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on September 30, 2019. Pharmacists with a 50 year qualification who have held an active Florida pharmacist license are fee exempt. You must renew your license by the expiration date or you will be in delinquent status. If you do not take care of your delinquent status, your license will become void.

If you are trying to renew your license after you have been inactive or retired, you will have to pay special fees and complete continuing education. If it has been more than 4 years since your license was active, you may have to take a special examination. For more information on licensing requirements, contact the Florida Board of Pharmacy at (850) 245-4292. For continuing education information, visit: www.cebroker.com

Conclusion

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Choosing a career as a pharmacist can be a rewarding choice, but it will require a lot of hard work. You will have to complete at least 6 years of school after high school and pass several exams. Once you complete your education, you will have to go through the processes of being licensed in the state where you plan to work. Even after securing a license and a job, you will need to keep up with your continuing education requirements and renew your license regularly.

Although it may take a lot of hard work, working as a pharmacist can be a great job. You will be able to help people make good choices regarding their medications and ensure that they are using them correctly. You also have the option to open your own pharmacy at some point, which would allow you to be your own boss. A private pharmacy would not have to comply with all the of corporate policies specific to a chain company. You would, however, have to follow the same laws regarding medication dispensing and storage. If you choose to live and work as a pharmacist in Florida, you now have the information to help you make it so. Once you are licensed with the Florida Board of Pharmacy, you’re ready to work in Florida.