Many pharmacists ask us about license reciprocity between various states regarding practicing pharmacy. This can be a complicated process depending upon which state(s) a pharmacist is currently licensed in and which state the pharmacist is looking to move to and practice in. Many states allow for reciprocity, yet several do not. Plus in many states that do offer reciprocity there exist conditions and qualifiers to obtaining it.
Several examples that demonstrate different state approaches to the practice of license reciprocity are as follows:
- Alabama allows reciprocity, but all applicants must be personally interviewed by the Board. However, Alabama does NOT allow reciprocity with California or Florida.
- California does NOT allow reciprocity at all with any other states.
- Connecticut does allow reciprocity. However, all applicants must pass the Connecticut MPJE and have an interview with the Pharmacy Board.
- Florida does not allow reciprocity, but practices Endorsement. In this scenario the applicant must show active practice for 2 years in the 5 years prior to application & 30 hours of CE in the 2 years prior to the application.
- Hawaii does allow for reciprocity, however applicants licensed in Florida and California cannot apply by reciprocity.
- North Carolina also allows for reciprocity. However, an applicant must attend a reciprocity interview after completing applications and passing MPJE. Additionally, North Carolina does not reciprocate with California.
Some states make reciprocity easy. Examples such as Mississippi, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Maryland simply say: We Reciprocate!
Some state requirements are complex and involved. An example is Pennsylvania that states: Yes, we reciprocate. However, applicants must pass the PA MPJE if obtained initial license after Jan. 26, 1983 and did not pass the FDLE for the license which is the basis of the license transfer. Applicants licensed prior to Jan. 26, 1983 do not have to take the PA MPJE. Applicants licensed after Jan. 26, 1983 that took and passed the FDLE for the license which is the basis of the license transfer, do not have to take the PA MPJE.
If you have questions regarding state license reciprocity and rules, talk to an expert. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been in the business of helping pharmacists for over 25 years. Our primary business has been centered around the placement of pharmacists in part-time and permanent jobs, and we focus on finding the right working environment for each individual pharmacist and situation.
If you do currently have multiple state pharmacy licenses, HCC is actively looking for pharmacists to fill the following positions:
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