To obtain a Registered Pharmacy Technician license in Florida, an individual must meet the following requirements pursuant to Section 465.014, Florida Statutes:
- Board-Approved Training Program: Applicants must have a completed a Board of Pharmacy approved pharmacy technician training program. Please note that the completion of a Board-approved training program is statutorily required. Statutory requirements cannot be waived or petitioned.
- Age: Applicants must be at least seventeen (17) years of age.
The following entities offer Board of Pharmacy approved 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 program accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency; a regional or national institutional accrediting agency; or a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education;
- Pharmacy technician training program accredited by an accrediting agency whose accreditation establishes eligibility to participate in the Title IV student financial assistance program administered by United States Department of Education
- Pharmacy technician training programs within the public-school system of the State of Florida that comply with the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Pharmacy Technician (2018-2019), program number H170500; which is incorporated herein by reference and which can be obtained at https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10356 or http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/18567/urlt/H170500-1819.rtf.
- Pharmacy technician training program provided by a branch of the federal armed services shall be whether the curriculum of such course was developed on or before June 1, 2018.
- 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 at institutions accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.
- Pharmacy technician training programs approved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE).
Many employer-based and non-employer-based programs are also Board approved. You may verify the status of your employer-based or non-employer-based Registered Pharmacy Technician Training Program by visiting www.flhealthsource.gov and performing the license verification search function.
Please note that the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification cannot be used in lieu of the completion of a Board-approved training program.
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
Mental Health Status Evaluation – 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.
Self-Explanation – A description of the circumstances surrounding your health history and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the health history 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 health history, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.
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 completed a Board of Pharmacy approved pharmacy technician training program:
- Apply for Registered Pharmacy Technician. 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.
- Complete a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program and submit a certificate of completion for the program. Official transcripts, copies of diplomas, and copies of certificate of completions are acceptable. Please note that official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Board office from the university; this document cannot be uploaded to the online portal or else it will not be considered official. Please note that the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification cannot be used in lieu of the completion of a Board-approved training program.
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 Registered Pharmacy Technician license will be issued; the actual copy of your license should arrive in the mail within 2 weeks of the issuance date.
Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.
|Application Fee (non-refundable)||$50.00|
|Unlicensed Activity Fee||$5.00|
- Social Security Form
- Note: The Social Security Form is only required if you did not submit your Social Security Number with your original application.
- United States Department of Education – Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Council on Occupational Education
- Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE)
- Department of Health License Verification
- Social Security Form
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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