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How to become a Registered Pharmacist in U.S. ?

By: Pharma Tips | Views: 24488 | Date: 24-Nov-2012

The pharmacy profession is highly demanding and rewarding profession for many years in USA.In the US, opportunities abound in the profession of pharmacy. Currently, there are about 243,000 pharmacist jobs nationwide. Job opportunities are predicted to grow 22 per cent between 2006 and 2016 as the older generation of pharmacists retire, and the demand for pharmacy services grows to meet the needs of an ageing population.Foreign pharmacy students have excellent opportunities to practice in the US, both befor

Pharmacy as a Career in U.S And How to become a registered Pharmacist

US Pharmacist


The pharmacy profession is highly demanding and rewarding profession for many years in  USA.In the US, opportunities abound in the profession of pharmacy. Currently, there are about 243,000 pharmacist jobs nationwide. Job opportunities are predicted to grow 22 per cent between 2006 and 2016 as the older generation of pharmacists retire, and the demand for pharmacy services grows to meet the needs of an ageing population.

Foreign pharmacy students have excellent opportunities to practice in the US, both before and after graduation. A career as a pharmacist in the US offers excellent pay, workplace flexibility and an enriching professional environment. However, getting started is not without its challenges. Understanding US pharmacy is the first step

How to register as a pharmacist (Foreign Graduates i.e out of USA graduates) : 

  • First Step for foreign pharmacy graduates, they must take the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and an English proficiency test (Test of English as a foreign language) like TOEFL only
* Know More About "FPGEE" - Click here
  • After Passing FPGEE Student has to complete internship hours.Each state requires a different number of intern hours (between 500 and 1,500) to qualify for the NAPLEX. some states use a sliding scale based on FPGEE scores. Usually, pharmacy schools implement these requirements into the curriculum with clinical rotations or experiential learning requirements
  • After obtaining the necessary internship hours, the student must pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)  
* Know More About "NAPLEX" - Click here
  •  After passing NAPLEX Student may have to take Multistate Jurisprudence Examination (MJPE), a state-specific test of the laws governing pharmacy, insurance, and healthcare  
 * Know More About "MJPE" - Click here
The suffix “RPh”, which stands for registered pharmacist, can be used by anyone who has completed the licensure requirements and is currently registered to practice.

Career :

For last two decade, the Pharmacist demand is continually rising in all the developed countries.

The demand is continuously growing because of following reasons :
  • More than 47% of currently working Pharmacist are above age of 45 years
  • Old age population is dramatically increase in developed countries due to long life expectance
  • Increasing the rate and onset of chronic disease at early age
  • Local students are not preferring to study Pharmacy courses
  • Continually, increasing the responsibilities of pharmacist thus new era of pharmacy profession has evolved as  :
  1. Registered Pharmacist
  2. Clinical Pharmacist
  3. Hospital Pharmacist
  4. Consultant Pharmacist
  5. Disease management Pharmacist
  6. MMR Pharmacist
  7. Nuclear Pharmacist
  8. Geriatric Pharmacist
  9. Industrial Pharmacist
  10. Prescribing Pharmacist
Salaries vary greatly due to the large number of different job settings and employers. They may range from $1,00,000 to $2,40,000 or more per annum, but the higher paying jobs may require relocation, a busy work environment and long hours

FAQ's

Q : What is the important to get registration (License) as a Pharmacist in Abroad ?
A : There are numbers of positive reasons to become a registered pharmacist such as
  • Excellent job opportunities
  • (100:5) job ratio : meaning 100 position available as a Reg. Pharmacist and only 5 job available as a Non reg. pharmacist)
  • Wide variety of career options such as Community pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist, Consultant pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacist, prescribing Pharmacist, also can work In Research, Academic and Industrial sectors.
  • In case of Non reg. Pharmacist considering as a General Graduate students so only option is Industries again market is very competitive nearly impossible to get entry.   
  • Earning wise excellent wages for Registered pharmacist ($1,00,000/year(reg) $ 35000/year(non reg), means ratio of $50/hr : $ 14/hr)
  •  Excellent permanent settlement (PR) chances
  •  Excellent business opportunities (Own Pharmacy)
Q : is our 4years B.Pharm valid in all the developed countries ?
A : Yes, our 4 years B.Pharm is valid in all the first world countries like Canada, Australia, NZ, UK except USA (USA need 5 years of course study for Degree,So Pharm.D Indian Graduates might Get Eligible) Reference Website : nabp


Q : is our 4years B.Pharm valid in all the developed countries ?
A : No, you cannot because you must have to complete all the 3 steps in order to get registration as a Pharmacist in U.S.

Editor's Note : This Article is written in the point of view for Graduates of pharmacy in india and other Foreign Graduates and is still in developing stage.so,we welcome you to contribute by citing any mistake if any in the above content and share your knowledge that will improve this article - Thank you :)
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p.v.v.s.narayana  |  19-Oct-2013 15:04:22 IST
sir this is narayana from india i did my B.pharmacy graduation in 2012 and right now i am working as a pharmacist and i am having one year experience as a pharmacist, i am planning to rellocate to united states of america, so can you please guide me what are the eligibilities and which tests i should appear.
sravan.punnam  |  10-May-2015 13:05:20 IST
sir i done Dpharmacy n Bpharmacy(2+3) am i eligible to work in as a pharmacist in us??
manju  |  11-May-2015 22:52:16 IST
sir this is manju from india. i did my M.pharmacy post graduation in 2009 and right now i am working as a pharmacist and having three year experience as a pharmacist, i am planning to rellocate to united states of america, so can you please guide me what are the eligibilities and which tests i should appear.actually i heared nelpex is too tough to crack it so really is it difficult?Plz guide
shreekant gupta  |  18-May-2015 13:29:33 IST
plz. guide me for registration in USA.. i have b.pharma degree from india of section2009-2014 from private university with 75% marks in aggrete.
Parth  |  23-Jul-2015 00:20:34 IST
Yes! A b. Pharma graduate can practice in USA, but u have to complete pharma d or doctor of pharmacy which is provided by pharmacy council of India to 24 universities in which u will get admission in 4th year of pharma d program so it's (2+1)4th and 5th year in college and 1 year internship, also u can prefix Dr. Under your name and u can practice anywhere in the world including Europe, nz, south America. Than you have to give naplex, fpgee and state licensure examination . hope this may help Follow the below link
http://www.pci.nic.in/PDF-Files/question.PDF
Parth  |  23-Jul-2015 00:31:13 IST
However you will be a pharmacist in USA after all this but us government prefer green card holders first BUT there are private sectors and then their are Indians. So private pharma chains will always be open for job opportunities and their is lot of exposure though you are expected to earn less than national average but you will be in 20% of wealthy committee of usa
Nikita  |  17-Aug-2015 15:47:48 IST
I have done B.Pharmacy from a govt recognised college, So am I directly eligible for giving FPGEE entrance exam to become a registered pharmacist in US after completing my internship hours in US. If no, Is any additional qualification required to be eligible for appearing the FPGEE test. And what if I want to work there with my current B.Pharmacy degree which I am holding, will I be placed anywhere directly in US as a Pharmacist?
Aby Vincent  |  09-Sep-2015 13:53:13 IST
I'm a Pharm.D Intern(6th yr). Where can I apply for FPGEE and where the FPGEE examination conducted? IS the TOEFL taken from India is effective??
kiran patel  |  08-Feb-2016 12:07:35 IST
hi..sir
i completed my mpharma from india . and now i got the green card viza so for become a registered pharmacist in USA what are the requirment and mpharma degree is valid for this in USA.
RAVITEJA  |  10-Mar-2016 16:35:04 IST
Dear sir ,my name is Raviteja completed my b.pharmacy in 2014,i had 1 year experience as a pharmacist in India,i want to relocate in abroad,please guide me sir.
MAIL ID;raviteja_g999@yahoo.com
MOBILE NUMB;08179164704
Devalla kiran kumar  |  12-Mar-2016 19:52:55 IST
Dear sir ,my name is kiran kumar
completed my b.pharmacy in
2015,i have no experience,i want to
work industrial pharmacist in abroad,please guide
me sir.
vaishali  |  19-Mar-2016 21:33:27 IST
sir, i have completed my b.pharmacy course of 4 years and persuing my m.pharmacy course of 2 years in clinical pharmacy. i want to be a registered pharmacist in USA. i want to know that i am eligible for USA or not.. and guide me for registration procedure.
thank you.
gurdeep kaur  |  06-May-2016 22:57:22 IST
Hi sir, I have completed B.pharmacy and M.pharmacy in India. How can I become registered pharmacist in USA?
Amit Govindbhai Chhatrala  |  12-May-2016 09:08:49 IST
Respected Sir, I did my B.Pharmacy(4 years course) graduation in 1998 from India.Presently i am working as a Reg.Pharmacist in Pharmacy since last 18 years. I am going to USA in July'2016. I am eligible for staff Pharmacist work and for FPGEE exam. Please give me idea for that. Thank You
p shanker reedy  |  25-May-2016 13:00:42 IST
my name is shanker reddy i have completed in m pharmacy in india 2014 i have experience in 3 years in apollo, what is the process of usa pharmacist exam plz guide me sir mu mail id in shanker.reddy46
Sujith BS  |  21-Aug-2016 11:13:55 IST
Dear Sir,
I have completed my D.Pharma and B.Pharma. I have 4 years of work experience. What kind of job can I get and to enter
Sujith BS  |  21-Aug-2016 11:14:46 IST
Dear Sir,
I have completed my D.Pharma and B.Pharma. I have 4 years of work experience. What kind of job can I get and to enter. Pls suggest
Ajay kumar  |  13-Nov-2016 20:45:53 IST
Respected sir,
i am undergraduate (diploma+degree holder)
pleas guide for job in USA.
what should i do ?
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