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The requirements are as follows and can be found in Section 465.014, F.S.:
Effective January 1, 2011, any person who wishes to work as a pharmacy technician in the State of Florida must register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. To register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy, an applicant must submit the following items:
- Pharmacy Technician Registration Application
- Proof of completion of a board-approved pharmacy technician-training program.
The following organizations offer programs that are approved Registered Pharmacy Technician Training Programs. Below are links to external websites of these approved programs for your reference. For questions about navigating the listed websites and the programs that have been accredited or approved by one of the following, please contact the organization directly.
- Pharmacy technician training programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
- Pharmacy technician training programs at institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Pharmacy technician training programs approved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE).
- Pharmacy technician training programs provided by a branch of the federal armed services for which the applicant possesses a certificate of completion.
- Pharmacy technician training programs at institutions accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.
These website links are provided for informational purposes only. The Board disclaims any and all warranties with regard to the website and website information.
Additionally, many employer-based programs have been approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and can be found on the Department of Health website, License Verification, under the profession, “Pharmacy Technician Training Programs.”
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. IN ORDER TO REAPPLY YOU MUST SUBMIT A PAPER APPLICATION THROUGH THE MAIL.
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 “yes” 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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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:
- Social Security form.
- Proof of completion of a Board Approved Pharmacy Technician Training Program that you have completed. Official transcripts from approved educational providers will be accepted.Failure to submit proof of an approved training program will result in a deficiency letter being mailed to you and will delay your application processing. Employer based training programs can be verified online at www.flhealthsource.gov. For information on Educational Based Training Programs see the requirements section of this website.
All sections of the application must be completed in full. If you answer “yes” to any of the criminal history questions on the application, you must submit a statement giving full details and certified official court copies of any supporting documents for the board to review. 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 delay of processing. If you provide false information, the board may deny your application for registration.
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.
The actual copy of your license should arrive within 7 days of the issue date.
Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health
Application and Licensing Fee to Board of Pharmacy $105.00
($50.00 non-refundable application fee, $50.00 registration fee, $5.00 unlicensed application fee)