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APPROVAL OF PHARMACY PROGRAMS

The Division approves a pharmacy program in a school or college of pharmacy in good standing if it has a curricular offering at least 5 academic years post-secondary, including any pre-professional education requirements, and requiring a minimum of the following subject areas:

  1. General Education (a minimum of 30 semester hours).

  2. Preclinical Sciences.

  3. Professional Studies and Training (in the following areas):

    • Biomedical sciences.

    • Pharmaceutical sciences.

    • Clinical sciences and practice; and

    • Externship and clerkship (a minimum of 400 direct contact hours).

(68 IL ADC Section 1330.300)

GRADUATES OF PROGRAMS OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.

Applicants who graduated from a professional pharmacy program located outside the U.S. or its territories that is not an approved program, must submit proof of the following:

  1. Submission of a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certificate.

  2. Passage of the preliminary diagnostic examination (Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE)) designed to determine equivalence of education to the U.S. programs.

  3. The minimum acceptable scores of 550 for paper TOEFL and 50 for paper TSE, or 213 for the computer-based TOEFL and TSE combination, or 88 for the Internet-based TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking module.

  4. Passage of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) examination with a score of 50; and

  5. Either:

    1. Completion of a course of clinical instruction totaling 1,200 clinical hours under the supervision of an IL pharmacist. The course must meet the following:

      • Enhance development of effective communication skills by enabling consultation among the applicant, the prescriber and the patient.

      • Promote development of medical data retrieval skills through exposure to patient medical charts, patient medication profiles and other similar sources of patient information.

      • Promote development of the applicant's ability to research and analyze drug information literature; and

      • Promote development of the applicant's ability to interpret laboratory test and physical examination results; or

    2. Have been licensed in a U.S. state or territory for at least 1 year with no disciplinary actions on their license or pending license.

(68 IL ADC Section 1330.310)

PHARMACIST LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

  • To practice as a pharmacist in Illinois, the person must have a currently valid pharmacist license.

  • The pharmacist license can be obtained either by examination or by transferring of a pharmacist license from another state.

IL PHARMACIST LICENSE BY EXAMINATION ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Each individual seeking licensure to become registered pharmacist can submit an application to the Department and provide evidence showed in figure 1:

Figure 1:

Evidence required for IL Pharmacist Licensure Application

NAPLEX/MPJE EXAMINATION

The Department allows examinations to be given at least 3 times a year to allow students to sit in the exam. However, the maximum to take ...

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