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Multi state license?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Licensure and Exams' started by bva, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. bva

    bva 2+ Year Member

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    Hi,

    Can we have multi states license? I know that doctors can practice in many states at the same time. Can pharmacist hold license in many states, at the same time?

    Sorry for my stupid question.
     
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  3. KARM12

    KARM12 Super Member 10+ Year Member

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    Yes you can! Each state has its own requirements...you can transfer between most states, but not all. There are certain rules you have to follow in order to do that too. Even with a transfer you will likely be required to take that state's MPJE.
     
  4. rxlynn

    rxlynn Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I've had pharmacy recruiters mention to me that it can make you even more valuable if you are so inclined to live close to the state's border and hold two licenses.
     
  5. All4MyDaughter

    All4MyDaughter SDN Mommystrator Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Yeah, a lot of pharmacists in my area are dual licensed in Ky and Indiana.
     
  6. bva

    bva 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you YOU ALL so much for your valuable information.

    One more question, please... Do we have to do internship hours for every state we want to hold the license? For instance, if you have completed internship hours for KY, and you want to hold the license in both KY and Indiana, do you have to do the internship in Indiana also? Or you will have to take only the Indiana exam's law, without doing more internships?

    Thank you very much.
     
  7. sdn1977

    sdn1977 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Qualifying intern hours are usually good for all licenses you want to apply for - again state specific, so check the states you're interested in.

    The issue with this comes up not when you get licensed - but in keeping your license. You have to submit qualifying CE for each license & that is where some states can get you. Some require specific kinds of CE - so you have to be careful you get the right CE for each state you want to maintain an active license in.

    I work with many pharmacists who have multiple licenses, but keep only one active - the rest are inactive. To become active again, most just require submission of current CE. Depending on the state, you may not want to keep paying the active fees (& the other associated fees - like making sure your malpractice coverage is good in all states you work in).

    That being said....in CA - we have many, many pharmacists who get NV licenses along with CA. Lots of folks vacation near Lake Tahoe & will work a day or two in while they're there - one side of the lake is in CA & one side in NV & those pharmacists are always looking for vacation coverage - year round!
     
  8. All4MyDaughter

    All4MyDaughter SDN Mommystrator Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Your internship hours need to meet the requirements of whatever state you wish to be initially licensed in.
     
  9. bva

    bva 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for your information and comments.
     
  10. terse

    terse Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    getting a license in hawaii also would be nice then :p
     

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