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is pharm D a necessity for pharmacy licensure exams in usa?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Licensure and Exams' started by independent88, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. independent88

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    i am a non us student and i am right now in my third year of study of bachelor of pharmacy in my home country. this a course for four years. and i would be graduating in 2009. so if i want to become a registered pharmacist in us is pharm d or non traditional pharm d only way to do it. masters or phd wont work?? and which all exams we need to give for licensure. and is it easy to get job as pharmacist in us being a foreign student? help me out.
     
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  3. pezdispenser

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    Because you have a 4 year foreign pharmacy degree you will not be eligible to get licensed in the US by taking the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination, which requires a 5 year degree after 1/1/2003.

    So yes, you will need a PharmD to get licensed. Nova has an accelerated PharmD program for international pharmacists. Please go to their website for more information: http://pharmacy.nova.edu/NewWebsite/Int_Pgm.html

    The PharmD is a clinical degree and pharmacist licensure allows you to treat patients. Masters and PhDs are usually research based in pharmacology and non-clinical. That is why they do not make you eligible for licensure.

    After your schooling, you will still need to pass the NAPLEX and MPJE law exams to get licensed.

    It is more difficult to get a job as a non-citizen/permanent resident because your employer will need to apply for a work visa for you. There are limits to the number and locations that the US government will issue these work visas for.
     
  4. aussiepharmer

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    To independent88:

    Did you take A-levels, IB or equivalent before admission to your current pharmacy school? Because if that's the case, you might be eligible despite the fact that your degree is four years. I know UK graduates can take FPGEE even though their degree is four years.
     
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  5. independent88

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    thanx pezdispenser,

    i know about the nova university program, are u aware of any other university with similar program ??
    does usn offer it??
    and i would like to know since i would be graduating next year and i dont wnna waste my year... so for that i would have to apply by feb 2008 ... is that possible or i have to waste my year??
    also nova demands a permission for issue of social security number.... wats that can u guide me on this too???
    please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. aussiepharmer

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    pezdispenser,

    Then what if you take a Master's in Clinical Pharm degree(usually 2 yrs)?
    Would that make you eligible for FPGEE?

    I remember sending an email to a professor at the University of Minnesota and he told me that he knew two New Zealand graduates(after 2003) that became eligible for FPGEE after taking the Master's in clin pharm.
     

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