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Plan Now for NAPLEX

Kate Traynor

If you graduate this spring from pharmacy school, you can avoid expensive mishaps by organizing your paperwork now for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).

First, decide in which state you want to practice pharmacy. Then confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements of that state's board of pharmacy. You may need to fill out an application form and pay a special fee before a state board of pharmacy will let you register for a licensing exam.

Some states require that pharmacist candidates pass both the NAPLEX and the MPJE to be licensed. Computerized registration forms for these tests, which are administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), are available from the state boards of pharmacy. Follow the instructions for submitting the registration forms and NABP exam fees.

The state board of pharmacy may instruct you to send your registration forms and exam fees—$360 for the NAPLEX and $130 for the MPJE—directly to NABP. Note that NABP does not accept personal checks.

Once it receives confirmation from the state board of pharmacy that you are eligible to take the licensing exam, NABP will mail you a notification of authorization to test (ATT). The ATT will state the range of dates during which you may take the exam.

Testing, which takes place Monday through Saturday, is done by appointment at participating Sylvan Technology Centers. NABP advises applicants to schedule an examination appointment as soon as the ATT arrives.

A licensure candidate may reschedule a testing appointment or change it to a different test site as long as Sylvan is notified before noon of the second business day before the scheduled test.

Applicants who miss their testing appointment forfeit their registration fees. NABP sends the names of registrants who do not take their scheduled tests to the appropriate state boards of pharmacy.

For additional information about the NAPLEX and MPJE, visit the NABP Web site. At press time, NABP had not yet posted a revised NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin showing current examination fees.