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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 30, 2015
License Title: Pharmacist

License Description: Pharmacists compound and dispense medications pursuant to prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized health professionals (MD, DO, DDS, DVM, DPM, OD, PA or ARNP). They weigh, measure, and mix drugs and other medicinal compounds, and fill bottles or capsules with the correct quantity and composition of preparation; dispense non-prescription medication to public; counsel patients and answer patients' questions regarding prescription medication; use refrigeration and other methods to store and preserve biological and other drugs, vaccines, and serums subject to deterioration; order and maintain supplies of drugs, chemicals, and other pharmaceutical stock; maintain up-to-date patient medication profiles; advise physicians on the proper selection and use of medicines and potential drug interactions or counteractions; and, perform prospective and retrospective drug utilization review.

"Practice of pharmacy" is a dynamic patient-oriented health service profession that applies a scientific body of knowledge to improve and promote patient health by means of appropriate drug use and related drug therapy.

Authorizing Statute: Iowa Code 124, 147, 155A, and 272C

Requirements for License: An applicant for a license to practice pharmacy must be a graduate of an accredited college or school of pharmacy with a minimum of bachelor of science in Pharmacy. One thousand hours of internship credit is awarded upon graduation from an accredited college of pharmacy. Applicants for Iowa license by examination must complete an additional 500 hours internship in hospital or community practice. Credit may be granted for experience obtained non-concurrent with school. A maximum of 250 hours of the required 500 hours may be granted for preapproved non-traditional experience. Intern registration is required prior to employment as an intern. No credit will be granted prior to registration.

A license may be issued to anyone who has been licensed in another state if they are able to meet Iowa's licensing requirements. A fee is due to the Pharmacy Board for such reciprocal licenses in addition to the appropriate fees to the original license state, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), as well as an examination fee.

A license may also be granted to a graduate of a foreign college of pharmacy. The applicant must obtain certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Commission, complete 1,500 hours internship, and pass licensure examinations.

Application: Included in exam fee
Renewal: $110 (renewal is completed by written application)
Exam: $430 - (NAPLEX, computerized competency exam) to NABP.
$170 - (MPJE-IA Edition, computerized federal & state
pharmacy law exam) to NABP.
$150 - Exam & License fee to Iowa Board of Pharmacy (includes a
______ two-year initial license fee)
$750 - Total fees for license by exam
Other: For a reciprocal license, the fee to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy is $160 in
addition to the $170 fee to NABP for MPJE-Iowa Edition and a license
transfer fee of $300 payable to NABP, bringing the total to $630.

When:Computerized examinations are administered daily at authorized computer testing centers nationwide.

License Authority:
Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners

400 SW 8th St Ste E
Des Moines IA 50309
Phone: 5152815944

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