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Intern FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. How will the Board deal with interns from colleges located outside of Iowa who only work a few hours (one summer) in Iowa, but who then transfer all of their out-of-state hours here to take our Board exam?
  2. What if the above-mentioned student wants us to transfer their Iowa hours to another state?
  3. What if a student doesn't have all of the competencies signed off, but has all their hours?
  4. What if a pharmacist, who is not a preceptor, signs off on the competencies?
  5. When should a student submit their pharmacist-intern booklet to the Board?
  6. What if the student gets all of the competencies signed off but has not accumulated the required number of hours?
  7. What about students who don't work in Iowa until near the end of their internship/school year, and don't register as an intern until most of their rotations are over?
  8. Can a student have an out-of-state preceptor sign off on the competency statements?
  9. What if the student is only working as an intern for money and is not recording the hours?
  10. How will the Board deal with interns who earn their hours out-of-state?
  11. How are hours earned in another state reported to Iowa?
  12. Does my preceptor have to fill out both affidavits of training?
  13. I've used both affidavits of training provided in my internship booklet. How can I get additional ones?
  14. Can I cut the affidavit of training into two separate affidavits and submit for credit?
How will the Board deal with interns from colleges located outside of Iowa who only work a few hours (one summer) in Iowa, but who then transfer all of their out-of-state hours here to take our Board exam?

Students must complete our intern registration booklet and submit to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners for credit for hours worked in Iowa.

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What if the above-mentioned student wants us to transfer their Iowa hours to another state?

We will transfer hours earned in Iowa.

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What if a student doesn't have all of the competencies signed off, but has all their hours?

Students must have completed the entire manual in order to receive credit for hours earned and sit for the Board exam in Iowa.

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What if a pharmacist, who is not a preceptor, signs off on the competencies?

A preceptor must sign off on the manual.

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When should a student submit their pharmacist-intern booklet to the Board?

The booklet should only be submitted after all internships and rotations in Iowa are completed.

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What if the student gets all of the competencies signed off but has not accumulated the required number of hours?

The student must continue to work as an intern until all of the required hours are completed.

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What about students who don't work in Iowa until near the end of their internship/school year, and don't register as an intern until most of their rotations are over?

They will not receive the 1250 hours of academic credit.

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Can a student have an out-of-state preceptor sign off on the competency statements?

Yes.

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What if the student is only working as an intern for money and is not recording the hours?

The intern does not need to complete the manual, but must have a preceptor assigned to him/her.

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How will the Board deal with interns who earn their hours out-of-state?

Students must contact the out-of-state Board of Pharmacy and comply with their requirements, including registering as an intern if required.

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How are hours earned in another state reported to Iowa?

The intern should report hours to the Board of Pharmacy in the state the hours are earned, and have that Board certify hours worked and accepted by that Board to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. In addition, interns from colleges located in Iowa should have their out-of-state preceptor complete the Iowa Pharmacist Internship booklet competencies and affidavits of training.

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Does my preceptor have to fill out both affidavits of training?

No, the preceptor only fills out one affidavit of training.

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I've used both affidavits of training provided in my internship booklet. How can I get additional ones?

This form can be obtained by calling the Board at (515) 281-5944 or contacting Becky Hall .

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Can I cut the affidavit of training into two separate affidavits and submit for credit?

No. The Board will not grant credit for internship training if the affidavit of training sheet has been cut into two separate affidavits.

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