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Illinois Pharmacist License

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Licensure and Exams' started by pharmlife123, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. pharmlife123


    Sep 22, 2014
    I'm currently a P3/5th year student which a projected graduation date of May 2016. Up until now, I haven't really thought about where I would go after I graduate. Now, I know that I want to go to Illinois (variety of reasons, I just need to go there) but I am currently attending a pharmacy school in Massachusetts, so the advisors here can't really help me since their expertise in the licensure procedure centers mostly on Massachusetts. I looked online but it's quite confusing and it looks as if the website maintained by the organization that deals with Illinois licensing ( isn't all that well-organized. I just want to know how the licensing procedure would actually go? Most of the articles and other websites I've found dealt with how foreign students would get licensed in Illinois. I just want to know how someone from just an out of state pharmacy school would get licensed in Illinois. Basically, how would a student from a MA pharmacy school get licensed in Illinois? What exactly is the process?

    From what I can see here:,1022-siskind.shtm

    It looks like all I need to do is graduate from an accredited pharmacy school, pass the NAPLEX, MPJE, and submit an application and that's it? Are there any required hours (internship hours?) required for the license? From the looks of it, some websites make it look as if there are no hours required to take the NAPLEX for Illinois, and as long as you pass the NAPLEX and MPJE, you will get licensed by Illinois. But other websites say that you need 400 hours to get licensed, but I don't know if that is to get the license itself or just to take the NAPLEX or MPJE.

    Also, I just wanted to add that I've completed 640 hours at a community pharmacy (co-op), 800+ hours (however, only 640 hours are recorded) at a hospital inpatient pharmacy, 640 hours at a managed care facility, and I will likely do 1440 hours on my APPE rotations during my P4/6th year. If someone could explain the licensing procedure for Illinois, I'd greatly appreciate it!
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  3. Shimmery

    Shimmery 7+ Year Member

    May 9, 2009
    I don't have the slightest clue as to what the proper procedure is in getting licensed in Illinois.

    Have you tried contacting the Illinois Board of Pharmacy though? They probably have the answers you're looking for if you contacted them.

    If you don't know how to contact them, I've included a link that directs you to their contact page via NABP.
  4. pharmlife123


    Sep 22, 2014
    I haven't contacted them yet because I've been overwhelmed with school and work lately, but I will definitely do it when I get the chance. I've spoken to my advisor and from the looks of it, I don't have much to worry about (aside from passing the NAPLEX and MPJE!) Thank you for your advice. :)
  5. Chicago007


    Jul 29, 2014
    I also went to an out of state school so Ill tell you what I did and hopefully it makes sense.

    1) You have to go to Continental Testing Services:
    2) All the way at the bottom click on Online Pharmacy Application
    3) Fill out the 4 page information page.
    4) Pay the fee ( I dont remember the amount)
    5) Download some page thats entitled E.....(I cant remember) and submit it to your school
    6) Then have your school submit the paperwork straight to IL state aka Continental. I think the application tells the school to return to you but have them instead send it to Continental. For 2 reasons: it gets the application where it needs to be faster and since its sent directly from the school, Continental will not doubt its authenticity preventing any kind of delay. This process may take between 7-10 business days.
    7) Once approved by state, you will receive an ATT to schedule a date for you exams. (pick the date you want and be sure bc rescheduling cost $50)
    8) very important, go to NABP and complete registration and fee as well. ( link can be found below)

    In regards to your hours, the hours you did during your "rotations" or "blocks" is enough. I know because I went to ACPHS and they are pretty much the same cirriculum and teaching style as MCPHS which is where Im assuming your going. Thats pretty much the jist of the process. You still have a long way to go so I wouldnt worry too much about it now. Good luck with you studies and Ill see you on the other side lol.
  6. pharmlife123


    Sep 22, 2014
    I go to Northeastern but it's a similar program to MCPHS. Thank you for clearing that up for me though! Hopefully I will eventually join you as a pharmacist lol

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