To obtain a Pharmacy Intern registration in Florida, an individual must meet the following requirements pursuant to Section 465.013, Florida Statutes and Rule 64B16-26.033, Florida Administrative Code:
- Foreign Graduate: A graduate of a 4-year undergraduate pharmacy program of a school or college of pharmacy located outside the United States and/or is not Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited.
- Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE): The applicant must be deemed eligible by the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) to sit for the FPGEE.
Applicants with Discipline History
Applicants with prior disciplinary actions are required to submit the following:
Board Actions – Certified copies of document(s), i.e. Final Order and Administrative Complaint, 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.
Self-Explanation – A 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.
Applicants with Health History
The Board reviews each applicant’s history to determine that the applicant is able to practice the profession with reasonable skill and competence. If you have a history of serious, chronic, or recent mental health problems or addiction to drugs, you must submit a current mental health status report. Mental health status reports must come from a licensed mental health professional, with which you have no personal or professional relationship.
The report should include: a description and summary of the diagnosis, onset, course of treatment, medications, inpatient treatments, outpatient treatments, group settings, factors which have triggered setbacks, compliance with treatment, prognosis, and recommendations for continued treatment.
The Professionals Resource Network (PRN) has been designated as the impaired practitioners’ program for the Florida Department of Health. PRN’s mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public while supporting the integrity of the health care team and other professionals.
For more information on PRN and its resources, please visit their website or contact them via telephone at (800) 888-8776.
Applicants with Criminal History
Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following:
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. Include in your letter the date of the original offense, the charge, and the jurisdiction where it occurred.
To review the conviction record guidelines adopted by the Board, click here .
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.
The following steps apply to individuals who have graduated from a 4-year undergraduate pharmacy program of a school or college of pharmacy located outside the United States and/or is not Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited, and are not yet be licensed in the state:
- Apply for PHARMACY INTERN – FOREIGN GRADUATE. Ensure that all fields are completed as instructed. An incomplete application shall expire after one (1) year. Please make sure to include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your application. Your application will not be approved unless this information is included on your application. To apply, click here.
- Obtain eligibility to sit for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE). Please apply for the FPGEE through the NABP. You may demonstrate your eligibility in one (1) of the following ways:
- The original eligibility notification letter for the FPGEE,
- The original FPGEE score report, or
- The certificate showing proof of your Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) certification.
- Request Certification/License Verification (if applicable). This form is required for applicants who hold or have ever held a license in another state, U.S. territory, or foreign country; no matter the status. Please have the office that issued the license or certification complete the Licensure Verification Form. Online license verifications will be accepted as long as they are current and display discipline history.
Please allow 30 days for initial review of new applications. All applications and document submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. After your application is reviewed, any deficiencies will be communicated to you in writing by our Board staff. To expedite processing, please submit all required supporting documentation with your application and the requisite fees. If you are having documentation submitted by another entity on your behalf, please verify the Board office’s mailing address to ensure delivery.
- Department of Health
Board of Pharmacy
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-04
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Once your application has been deemed complete, your intern registration will be granted; the actual copy of your license should arrive in the mail within 2 weeks of the issuance date.
Please note that if your preceptor has not been approved by the Board office, you may NOT begin your internship hours. Additionally, pursuant to Rule 64B16-2602033, Florida Administrative Code, a preceptor may only supervise one (1) intern at a time, if such intern is a foreign pharmacy graduate. If the preceptor you have chosen is currently supervising another intern, any hours accrued under the chosen preceptor will not be able to be counted towards your internship experience.
Your intern/work experience hours must equate to a total of 2080 hours of an internship program approved by the Board—500 Florida internship hours registered as a Pharmacy Intern Foreign Graduate plus 1580 hours of internship or work experience hours. Please note that the 1580 hours of internship or work experience may not overlap with the 500 Florida internship hours. If you choose to complete your additional 1580 hours in Florida, you must complete these hours as a registered Foreign Pharmacy Intern and under the supervision of an approved preceptor— experience hours accrued in Florida that have not met those two requirements will not be able to be counted towards your total internship experience.
There is no application fee for the Foreign Pharmacy Intern registration.
- Application Checklist
- Preceptor Registration Form
- License Verification Form
- Social Security Form
- Note: The Social Security Form is only required if you did not submit your Social Security Number with your original application.
- Work Activity Manual
- Intern Affidavit Report
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Chapter 465: Pharmacy
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
Chapter 499: Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
Chapter 893: Drug Abuse Prevention and Control
Florida Administrative Code
Rules: Chapter 64B16: Board of Pharmacy