Pharmacy Intern Foreign Graduate


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The requirements are as follows and can be found in Section 465.013, F.S. and in Chapter 64B16-26.033 Florida Administrative Code:

  1. A foreign pharmacy graduate is required to be registered with the Department of Health as an intern before being employed as an intern in a pharmacy in Florida. An applicant for foreign pharmacy  graduate intern registration in Florida must apply to the Florida Board of Pharmacy and submit proof of:(a) Eligibility by the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee to sit for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination, or
    (b) A passing score on the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination to be considered a graduate of an accredited college or school of pharmacy.
  2.  All foreign pharmacy graduates must complete 500 hours of supervised work activity within the state of Florida as provided by Section 465.007(1)(b)2., F.S. No program hours will be approved prior to the issuance date of the license and approval of the Preceptor. You must submit Form #1- Foreign Graduate Registered Intern Preceptor Registration prior to beginning the Work Activity Manual. The supervised work activity program experience shall be documented by completing the Foreign Graduate Registered Intern Work Activity Manual. Further, these 500 hours of work activity program shall not be recognized for any applicant until said applicant has obtained the passing score on the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam as provided in Section 465.007, F.S.

All sections of the application must be completed in full. If an item is not applicable, indicate with N/A. N/A is not an acceptable answer for yes or no questions and could result in a delay of processing. Failure to submit a complete application will result in a processing delay. If you provide false information, the board may deny your application for licensure.

Applicants with Discipline History

If you answer “yes” to any of the disciplinary history questions on the application, Please provide a certified copy of document(s) relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.

In addition, include detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.

The Board of Pharmacy has created guidelines for specific actions to be cleared in the board office; however, the staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time.

Applicants with Health History

All candidates must complete this application. If you answer “yes” to any of the health history questions on the application, please submit supporting documentation including a letter explaining the medical condition(s) or occurrence(s) and current status; letter(s) from licensed professional summarizing diagnosis, treatment and prognosis; or any other official documentation as it relates to any “€œyes”€ answer. Documentation should be current within the last year.

Applicants with Criminal History

The Board of Pharmacy has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the board office; however, the staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Violent crimes and repeat offenders are required to be presented to the Board of Pharmacy for review. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the Board when making licensure decisions.

Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following documentation to the Board:

Final Dispositions/Arrest Records -€“ Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the Clerk of the Court attesting to their unavailability.

Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions -€“ Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Self Explanation -€“ Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    • For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    • For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    • For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’€™s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities. The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.

Within 7-14 days of receipt of your application, the board office will notify you of the receipt of your application, any required documents, and your status. In order to complete your application, please submit the following with your application:

  1. Social Security form.
  2. Submit proof of eligibility by the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee to sit for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination, or a passing score on the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination to be considered a graduate of an accredited college or school of pharmacy.

License verifications must be sent directly from the state board where you hold or have held a license. Online verifications may be submitted with your application, however if the verification has any type of disclaimer stating that the information may not be current it will not be accepted.

ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION MUST BE MET WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR OF THE RECEIPT OF YOUR APPLICATION OR THE APPLICATION WILL EXPIRE AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO REAPPLY AND RESUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS.

Upon receipt of your application and supporting documentation your file will be reviewed and written notification will be sent regarding the status of your application. If your file is incomplete a deficiency letter will be sent to notify you of any remaining requirements.

All foreign graduates are required to complete the Foreign Graduate Work Activity Manual. Prior to beginning the program, the foreign graduate must have an intern license. No program hours will be approved prior to the issue date of the license and approval of the Preceptor. You must submit Form #1- Foreign Graduate Registered Intern Preceptor Registration prior to beginning the Work Activity Manual. You may download a copy of the Work Activity Manual from the Resources section of this website.

The actual copy of your license should arrive within 7 days of the issue date.

There is no fee required for Foreign Graduate Pharmacy Intern licensure.

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Florida Statutes

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 465: Pharmacy
Section 465.013: Registration of pharmacy interns

Florida Administrative Code

Rule 64B16-26.2033: Pharmacy Intern Registration and Internship Requirements (Foreign Pharmacy Graduates)