Georgia Board Of Pharmacy Requirements

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Are you interested in becoming a pharmacist, or have you already completed your educational requirements and are now looking to apply for licensure through the Georgia Board of Pharmacy? Read on, as this article will help you understand licensure requirements for pharmacists, interns and pharmacy technicians in the state of Georgia. It will also discuss how the Georgia Board of Pharmacy works in collaboration with the FDA, DEA, and local government to offer certifications and renewal of licenses to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and drugstores.

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The Georgia Board of Pharmacy is an association of pharmacists that aims to ensure public health by regulating the pharmacy industry. The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy is an eight-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board has seven licensed practicing pharmacists and one consumer member. They are directly responsible for regulating pharmacists and pharmacies in Georgia.

The Board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. They also investigate complaints and, if warranted, the Board may take disciplinary action. They hold board meetings approximately 12 times each year at the Department of Community Health in Atlanta, and these meetings are open to the public.

Is There a Need to Understand the Georgia Board of Pharmacy Requirements?

Absolutely. Pharmacists are on the front lines of making sure patients receive the right drug and therapeutic treatments for health issues. Pharmacists work in tandem with doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the public, which means pharmacists have a great responsibility to ensure safe pharmacological practices. That responsibility comes after many years of education to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to work in the field. Whether coming straight from high school or already holding a post-secondary degree, there are many paths available to pharmacists ready to work, complete clinical hours, and pass a series of exams.

Because pharmacists deal directly with public health, as a learned science and practice, it is necessary to understand all licensure requirements as stated by The Georgia Board of Pharmacy and comply with all laws and regulations. The Board will issue a pharmacist’s licensure after the applicant meets specific pharmaceutical educational, internship/externship requirements and examination. Further, all pharmacies must pass inspection before licensure and as needed, as well as meet specific standards for operation.

What Are the Georgia Board of Pharmacy Requirements?

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International Students

If you graduated a school or college of pharmacy located outside the United States, and you’re interested in applying for licensure in the state of Georgia, read further. You may qualify for pharmacist licensure provided that your school meets The Georgia Board of Pharmacy’s educational requirements. If so, you can apply for licensure within the state of Georgia, according to these regulations set by the board:

An international student who has completed a school or college of pharmacy located outside the United States, provided that graduates of such foreign schools or colleges may be deemed qualified to apply to practice as pharmacists or pharmacy interns if and only if the Board, after a review of the graduate’s verified academic records, finds that the graduate is qualified and, in the case of a graduate who seeks licensure as a pharmacist, has passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEC), and the Test of Spoken English, and the Test of English as a foreign language, all administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) (may apply for licensure).

Source: https://gbp.georgia.gov/pharmacy-and-pharmacist-faqs#field_related_links-86-0

Pharmacists

If you have already completed pharmacy school, the board makes it easy to apply for pharmacy licensure in the state of Georgia. Any person wanting to work as a pharmacist in the state of Georgia must first submit proof to the board of graduation from an ACPE approved school or college of pharmacy and submit proof of completion of 1500 hours of pharmacy internship (or its equivalent as provided by the Board). They must also pass the required exams for licensure.

Quoting directly from The Georgia Board of Pharmacy: Applicants applying for licensure by examination must complete 1500 hours of pharmacy internship or its equivalent as provided by the Board. An applicant for licensure by examination shall submit to the Board a certification that states that the applicant has satisfied the required 1500 hours of pharmacy practice experience, which shall include practice experience in both a retail and hospital practice setting, under the standards set by the Board. An applicant for examination shall submit the certification in writing and signed under oath by a duly authorized representative of the applicant’s school or college of pharmacy on a form approved by the Board. They must receive proof of completed hours in the Board’s office at least four (4) weeks before the examination date.

Source: https://gbp.georgia.gov/pharmacy-and-pharmacist-faqs#field_related_links-86-0 

Required Exam

Any applicant submitting an application for a pharmacist license must take and pass the Georgia Practical, MPJE, and NAPLEX. The applicant must receive an overall passing score of 75% in each section except for the GA Practical. The GA Practical contains several parts in which the applicant must pass each section with a score of 70% or better and have an overall average of 75%. If you fail an examination, the NABP requires that you wait 31 days to be examined for the MPJE and 45 days for the NAPLEX.

Applying for Licensure

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Interns

If you are interested in applying for an intern license, you must determine if you are eligible. If you are a licensed pharmacist or meet the requirements of a licensed pharmacist in the state of Georgia, you do not qualify for intern licensure. You are eligible for intern licensure if you have submitted an online application and sent a completed Pharmacy Intern Online Application Supplement Packet to the Board of Pharmacy, attained the age of majority, are of good moral character, and have paid the licensing fees specified by the Board. You must also be enrolled in an approved school or college of pharmacy or a graduate of an approved school or college of pharmacy who is licensed to obtain practical experience as a requirement for licensure as a pharmacist. For any individual who does not meet the above requirements, please visit The Georgia Board of Pharmacy website for further instructions.

If you meet the above requirements, please submit your application with the required fee and send the Pharmacists Online Application Supplement Packet to the Board’s office by mail to the Board’s office by mail, at the following address: 2 Peachtree Street, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Internship Credit

If you are an intern wishing to get internship credit for work in a research and/or industrial program, you must first submit a request for approval of the program directly to The Georgia Board of Pharmacy along with an outline of the program from the individual who will supervise the intern in this program. If the Board approves your request, they will award hours according to the standards set by the Board. If you completed your internship hours in another state, you must transfer these hours directly from that state board office or school. Contact that state board or school to request they transfer your hours to Georgia.

Pharmacists

If you are interested in applying for your pharmacy license in the state of Georgia and have met all licensing requirements as listed above; you have graduated from an ACPE approved school, completed 1500 hours of required internship, and passed the Georgia Practical, MPJE, and NAPLEX, please submit an application for licensure with the required fee and send the Pharmacist Online Application Supplement Packet to the Board’s office by mail, at the following address: 2 Peachtree Street, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Conclusion

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Becoming a licensed pharmacist in the state of Georgia requires a firm understanding of the laws, regulations, and licensing requirements set by The Georgia Board of Pharmacy. However, the Board makes the process easy in that all required regulations are public and easily accessible online. Check The Georgia Board of Pharmacy’s websites for additional questions regarding all topics on the practice of pharmacy, and important issues like license renewal.

Also, the Board welcomes requests from professionals and the public alike, so don’t be afraid to submit questions or complaints directly to them. Any persons wishing to bring matters for the Board’s consideration should submit a written request to the office. The public can also request information directly from the board. Address your requests to the Executive Director and the State Board of Pharmacy at the Department of Community Health. The address is the same for Pharmacist and Intern applications as listed above.

We hope this article was helpful in answering all of your questions on The Georgia Board of Pharmacy requirements. Once you’ve completed the steps, you’re fast on the way to providing a respectable and much-appreciated public health service. Good luck!