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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacy Students/Licensure by Exam Candidates

Q: Are pharmacy students required to register with the Board as pharmacy technicians?

A: Read the Board's policy on registration of pharmacy students employed as technicians.


Q: May a properly trained pharmacy student administer vaccinations?

A. An appropriately trained pharmacy student may administer vaccines so long as, and only if, that student is doing so under the direct supervision of a certified pharmacist vaccinator.



Q: What is score transfer?
A: Score transfer is a process that allows you to transfer your NAPLEX to other states. Score transfer allows you to use the NAPLEX score in other states without repeating the exam.

Q: When should I score transfer?
A: You would choose score transfer if you are thinking of getting licensed in multiple states after graduation.

Q: How long do I have to do the score transfer?
A: Within 89 days of sitting for the NAPLEX.

Q: What is the score transfer fee?
A: Go to NABP’s website and view their most current fee schedule.



  • MPJE EXAM – Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (pharmacy law exam).  Go to NABP’s website and view their most current fee schedule.
  • NAPLEX EXAM – North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (knowledge of practice of pharmacy).  Go to NABP’s website and view their most current fee schedule.


Q: Where do I find ADA Testing Accommodations Guidelines?
A:  All requests for testing accommodations for qualified individuals will be evaluated by NABP.  The Accommodation Request application can be found in the Candidate Application Bulletin and must be submitted directly to NABP for review/approval.

Q: Where and how do I register for my exams?
A: Registration is online at The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB)’s website:

Q: What form of payment is acceptable for these exams?
A: Credit card.

Q: When do I pay for these exams?
A: You’ll pay a $100 exam eligibility fee for each exam.  Once NABP determines you are eligible to test, they will require you to pay the remaining balance for each exam, and then issue your ATT number.

Q: When and how will I know I have been approved for these exams?
A: You will receive an ATT number (Authorization to Test) by email. Eligibility status can be found by logging into your NABP e-profile.


Q: What is the ATT number?
A: Authorization to Test.

Q: How do I receive the ATT number?
A: By email.

Q: What do I do if I have lost my ATT?
A: Contact PearsonVue customer service, 1-888-709-2679.

Q: How long do I have to take these exams?
A: 1 year from the date your ATT is issued.

Q: How long are the scores valid?
A: 2 years from the date of the exam.

Q: What resources will help me prepare for the exam(s)?
A: Past issues of NC Board of Pharmacy/NABP newsletters (which can be downloaded here:; journals and newsletters published by national and state pharmacy professional associations; and pharmacy laws and rules (which can be downloaded here: The NCBOP does not endorse any other publications or prep courses.


Q: When can I take the exams?
A: After you graduate, and your school has provided your transcripts to NABP, then NABP will determine your eligibility to test.  When they have determined you are eligible to test, they will issue your ATT number.

Q: How do I schedule my Examination appointment?
A: Once you receive your ATT, you may schedule your appointment to test at any time during the eligibility period, depending upon availability at the testing site.  Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Your ATT letter will indicate the time frame within which you may schedule an appointment.  For more information, refer to NABP’s Candidate Application Bulletin.

Q: Where do I take the exams?
A: Person VUE Testing Centers (website:

Q: What identification is required at the testing center?
A: The ID requirements for admission to the testing center consist of a primary form of ID that contains both your signature and a recent photo of you, and a secondary form of ID that contains your signature.  See NABP’s Candidate Application Bulletin for details regarding name matching and acceptable forms of ID.

Q: How long will I have to wait for exam results?
A: 3 – 7 business days.

Q: How can I access my exam results?
A: You may view exam results at NABP’s website , under your e-Profile.

Q: How are exams scored?
A: Both exams are scored solely on a Pass or Fail basis, with no numeric values attached.



Q: Can I take the exam(s) again?
A: Yes.

Q: How many times may I retake the exam(s)?
A: Five (5) attempts for the NAPLEX, five (5) attempts for the MPJE. View additional information on testing limits in NABP’s Candidate Application Bulletin.

Q: How long do I have to wait to take the exam(s) again?
A: 30 days after the initial exam date for the MPJE; and 45 days after the initial exam date for the NAPLEX.

Q: What is the process for taking the exam(s) again?
A: You must register, which includes paying the fees again, at NABP’s website:



Q: Where can I find the exam application?
A: All new applicants must first register through the Board's Gateway to create a user name and password. Once logged in, select "Applications / Pharmacist Exam Application."

Q: When do I submit my application for licensure by examination?
A: Candidates should submit the application via the Board's Gateway after they have registered for the NAPLEX and the MPJE.

Q: How long does my application take to process?
A: you should allow 7 – 14 business days.

Q: What is the fee?
A: $100.00 (Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable)

Q: What forms of payment are acceptable?
A: The Board ONLY accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The Board DOES NOT ACCEPT cash, checks, or money orders.

Q: How do I know my application has been received?
A: You will receive an email from the Board confirming receipt of your application.

Q: How long is my application valid?
A: One year from the date submitted.


Q: What charges do I need to list?
A: Have you ever been summoned, arrested, taken into custody, indicted, convicted or tried for, or charged with, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to the violation of any law or ordinance of the commission of any felony or misdemeanor? If your answer is “YES”, all documents and a personal, written statement must be uploaded via the Gateway. The personal statement should describe in full the nature of any such matters, with complete facts, charging documents and disposition of the matter. Only traffic violations unrelated to alcohol or drugs may be excluded from this answer. If the matter has been expunged from your records, do not include.

Q: Do I list a charge that has been expunged?
A: No.

Q: If I have charges, what do I need to submit to the Board?
A: A personal, written statement describing the full nature/circumstances of the charges. Copies of the charging document(s) and the court’s disposition of the charge(s) are also required. All documents must be uploaded via the Gateway.

Q: How does the Board review this information?
A: The information is submitted to the Board’s Investigation team for review.



Q: When will I be licensed?
A: Once Board staff has confirmed that all licensure requirements have been met, licenses will be issued on a rolling schedule.  You will be notified via email once your license has been issued.

Q: How can I find my license number?
A: Visit the NCBOP's License Verification page, select "Pharmacist" from the drop-down, and enter your first and last name. You will also receive an email upon licensure.

Q: When can I practice?
A: Once your license number has been issued and you receive an email with your licensure effective date, you may practice.

Q: How can I print a certificate?
A: Log in to the NCBOP Gateway, click on the Pharmacist tile under "Licenses & Registrations." Then under "License Options" click "Print Annual Certificate."

Q: When will I get my original license (large wall certificate) from the Board?
A: Original licenses/certificates are normally mailed within 30 days after you have been licensed by the Board. Make sure that your mailing address is updated by logging into the Gateway. Allow at least six weeks for delivery.



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