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By David Yount

Question:

“What license does a pharmacist need?What licenses does a pharmacist need

Answer:

A Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from a school or college of pharmacy that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education is required to become a licensed pharmacist. You'll also need to pass The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) in order to practice in every state. Each state may have different individual requirements for obtaining a pharmacist license.

A pharmacist must obtain a pharmacist license in any state in which he/she is dispensing pharmaceuticals. Typically, once licensed in his/her home state, he/she may apply for a pharmacist license in another state through reciprocity, making him/her eligible to waive certain requirements with respect to the licensing process. If the pharmacist will be acting as a pharmacist in charge for a pharmacy, requirements for pharmacist licensure may change depending on the states in which the pharmacy is located and intends on operating.

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