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Pharmacy License Requirements for International Applicants

 Posted on February 23,2018 in Pharmacy License Defense

Illinois license attorneyWorking toward the pharmacy license takes much time and effort. For domestic applicants, meaning those who have obtained education for the pharmacy license in the United States, the requirements are different from those who have obtained education for the pharmacy license internationally. There are tests that international applicants may have to take to determine their status of qualification for the pharmacy license.

The Application Process for International Applicants

Pharmacy license applicants who have graduated from a professional degree program from outside the United States or its territories should submit proof of a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee Certificate, or FPGEC. Also, the applicant needs to successfully pass the preliminary diagnostic examination, called the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Program, which determines the equivalence of education to approved programs.

The applicant must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). If the applicant decides to take the TOEFL and TSE in writing, he or she must pass with a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL, and a score of 50 or higher on the TSE. If the applicant decides to take the TOEFL and TSE online, he or she must pass with a combined score of 213 or higher.

The applicant must also complete a clinical instruction course totaling 1,200 clinical hours that are approved by the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy. The clinical instruction must be supervised by a pharmacist registered in the State of Illinois, and the Board must approve the course before enrolling.

The Board will determine the approval of a course if development of communication skills is enhanced, development of medical data retrieval skills is promoted, development of the ability to research and analyze drug information is promoted, and development of the ability to interpret laboratory test and physical examination results is promoted.

Lastly, the international applicant must have been licensed in a jurisdiction in the United States or territory for at least one year with no disciplinary actions against their license or pending license.

Call a Lisle Pharmacy License Defense Attorney

Obtaining the pharmacy license can be considered to be one of the biggest achievements ever accomplished, but there are many requirements that must be met before earning the license. If you have any further questions regarding your pharmacy license, you can count on The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, Inc. for effective legal assistance. For over 17 years, our DuPage County license defense lawyers have represented clients in pharmacy licensing matters, and are ready to further assist you. To schedule a free consultation, please call 630-310-1267 today.



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