February 14, 2008
PHARMACIST LICENSURE BY RECIPROCITY
By: Kristin Sullivan, Associate Analyst
You want to know whether pharmacists who are licensed in another state must take an examination to gain reciprocity in Connecticut.
The Department of Consumer Protection may grant reciprocity to pharmacists licensed by another state or jurisdiction who pass Connecticut's portion of the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination, appear for an interview before the Commission on Pharmacy, and meet other professional and educational requirements.
Specifically, applicants for licensure as pharmacists in Connecticut by reciprocity must:
1. hold a license granted by another state or jurisdiction having licensure requirements substantially similar to those of this state at the time of issuance;
2. hold a professional undergraduate degree from (a) a school accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education or (b) a foreign college or school of pharmacy, provided specified criteria are met;
3. reside in Connecticut or intend to practice in the state;
4. have practiced pharmacy for at least one of the last five years, or been licensed within the last year, in another state or jurisdiction; and
5. have received a license from a jurisdiction that entered into a reciprocal licensing agreement with Connecticut.
During the interview, the commission determines whether applicants have satisfied all the licensure requirements.