The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy licenses pharmacists to practice. Pharmacists may apply for a license by examination or reciprocity. An applicant for licensure by examination shall present to the Board satisfactory evidence that the applicant has completed 1500 hours of practical experience, graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy, or has obtained a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certificate. The candidate must also pass the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).
An applicant for licensure by reciprocity shall present to the Board satisfactory evidence of possessing the same qualifications required of licensees in this state, complete NABP Preliminary Application for Transfer of Pharmaceutic Licensure, pass the MPJE, and attend a reciprocity meeting at the Board office.
Download pharmacist licensure instructions and forms here.
Download reciprocity instructions and forms here.
The Board issues pharmacy permits to a pharmacist-manager to operate a pharmacy, deliver medical equipment, or dispense devices. The pharmacist-manager must appear personally before the Board before receiving a permit. The Board holds permit meetings twice a month.
Download an in-state or out-of-state pharmacy permit application here.
The Board issues durable medical equipment (DME) permits to the person-in-charge of a facility that will dispense prescription devices bearing the statement, “Caution: federal law requires dispensing by or on the order of a physician.” The person-in-charge must appear personally before the Board before receiving a permit. The Board holds permit meetings twice monthly.
Download DME instructions and a permit application here.
The Board registers pharmacy technicians who may, under the supervision of a pharmacist, perform technical functions that assist in preparing and dispensing prescription medications. Technicians must register with the Board within 30 days of the date of employment.
Click here for technician registration and/or reinstatement.
DISPENSING PHYSICIAN REGISTRATION
A physician who dispenses prescription drugs, for a fee or other charge, must register with the Board each year. All dispensing physicians must comply in all respects with the laws and regulations that apply to pharmacists governing the distribution of drugs. These responsibilities include drug utilization review, patient counseling, appropriate packaging, labeling, and record keeping.
Download a dispensing physician application or reinstatement form here.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA)/NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) REGISTRATION
The Board registers Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners approved by the North Carolina Medical Board to write prescriptions. A Board registration allows a PA or NP to dispense prescriptions that they have written. Such dispensing must occur under the supervision of a licensed consulting pharmacist from a facility holding a valid pharmacy permit. A PA or NP may not dispense drugs under a dispensing physician’s registration.
Download a PA/NP application or reinstatement form here.
CLINICAL PHARMACIST PRACTITIONER
A Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) is a licensed pharmacist approved to provide drug therapy management, including controlled substances, under the direction of, or under the supervision of a licensed physician. Only a pharmacist approved by the Pharmacy Board and the Medical Board may legally identify himself/herself as a CPP.
Download CPP requirements and an application here.
The Board registers persons who are acquiring pharmacy experience toward licensure as interns. All practical pharmacy experience intended to satisfy licensing requirements must be validated through registration in the Board’s internship program. A pharmacy intern working under a pharmacist preceptor or supervising pharmacist may, while under supervision, perform all acts constituting the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacy school students do not have to register as technicians while earning internship credit.
For more information, visit Internship Information.