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Original Licensure

 

Examination

The Board of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), provides for the administration of pharmacist licensure examinations daily, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, through the Prometric Testing Centers. To take the NAPLEX or MPJE, candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.

Effective January 16, 2013, the licensure by examination fee is $252 and is payable to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. This covers the administration fee, an examination registration fee, and a biennial license. The instructions and application for licensure examination form can be found here.

 

Score Transfer

The Board of Pharmacy will accept a NAPLEX score transferred from another state board of pharmacy through NABP in lieu of the applicant's taking NAPLEX in Iowa. The NAPLEX score transfer fee charged by NABP is $75 per jurisdiction. Candidates may now submit a score transfer request to NABP up to 90 days after sitting for the examination.  Score transfer candidates will also be required to take and pass the Iowa Edition of the MPJE. Score transfer candidates must complete the requirements for licensure in Iowa within 12 months of the date of score transfer.

More information on NABP's score transfer program and the NAPLEX Score Transfer Form can be found on The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Web site, including the Internet-based registration form and credit card payment fee process.

License Transfer (Reciprocity)

The Board of Pharmacy will accept the transfer of a license to practice pharmacy from most states via the NABP license transfer program. The license being used as a basis for license transfer must be a license obtained by examination and that license must be current and in good standing. License transfer candidates will also be required to take and pass the Iowa Edition of the MPJE within 12 months.

Effective January 16, 2013, the fee to the Iowa Board for license transfer is $270, which includes $180 for a biennial license.

Foreign Graduates

The Board of Pharmacy will accept certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee as the educational requirement for pharmacist licensure. In addition to such certification, candidates must complete all of the remaining requirements for licensure by examination including 1500 hours of internship and passing the NAPLEX and MPJE examinations. Fees shall be as identified under licensure by examination.

 

 

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