Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-2-.03 - Experience Requirements

Applicants applying for licensure by examination must complete 1500 hours of pharmacy internship or its equivalent as provided by the Board. An applicant for licensure by examination shall submit to the Board a certification that states that the applicant has satisfied the required 1500 hours of pharmacy practice experience, which shall include practice experience in both a retail and hospital practice setting, in accordance with the standards set by the Board. An applicant for examination shall submit the certification in writing and signed under oath by a duly authorized representative of the applicant's school or college of pharmacy on a form approved by the Board.

(1) Pharmacy Internship Licenses.
(a) Applicants shall file an application with the Board for pharmacy internship licensure and pay the license fee. The pharmacy intern license must be issued before experience begins.
(b) The following persons may register as pharmacy interns:
1. Any student who is currently enrolled in a generally recognized school or college of pharmacy approved by A.C.P.E., or a newly created school or college of pharmacy which has been granted either precandidate or candidate status by A.C.P.E., provided that proof of enrollment in a school or college of pharmacy is submitted to the Board.
2. Any graduate of a generally recognized school or college of pharmacy approved by A.C.P.E. for the purpose of obtaining the practical experience for licensure as a pharmacist; and
3. Any individual who has established educational equivalency by obtaining a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificate for the purpose of obtaining practical experience for licensure as a pharmacist.
(c) Licenses shall be valid for five (5) years or until such intern is expelled, suspended, dismissed or withdraws from an approved school, becomes licensed as a pharmacist, or has taken and failed the Board examination for the third time, whichever comes first. Intern licenses may be renewed at the discretion of the Board.
1. Individuals who have established educational equivalency by meeting the requirements of Rule 480-2-.02 must obtain 1500 hours of practical pharmacy experience under the instruction of a licensed pharmacist.
2. Individuals who are attending a school or college of pharmacy approved by the A.C.P.E. shall show proof of instruction by a licensed pharmacist, and that such 1500 hours were acquired after enrollment at an accredited school or college of pharmacy.
(d) The 1500 hours of pharmacy internship shall include practice experience in both a retail and hospital pharmacy practice setting, in accordance with the standards set by the Board.
(2) Each school or college of pharmacy must submit, on an annual basis, for the Board's approval, a summary of course and experiences, as well as the internship credit hours for each course and experience, which are to be used for the B.S. program or the Pharm. D. program. Each school of pharmacy must also submit for Board approval, on an annual basis a list of preceptors in the internship programs. The Board reserves the right to approve or disapprove any individual courses, experience programs or preceptors.
(3) Other Qualifying Experience:
(a) Any intern wishing to obtain internship credit for work in a research and /or industrial program must first submit a request for approval of the program to the Board along with an outline of the program from the individual who will supervise the intern in this program. If approved by the Board, the hours will be awarded in accordance with the standards set by the Board.
(b) At the discretion of the Board, the Board may accept internship hours for serving in the Armed Services and working under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. Documentation of experience must be signed by a registered pharmacist. An intern must petition the Board to receive credit.
(c) The Board may give internship credit to an applicant that has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that such applicant has experience in the practice of pharmacy that meets or exceeds the minimum internship requirements. An applicant must petition the Board to receive credit.

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Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 480-2-.03
O.C.G.A. ยงยง 16-13-34, 16-13-35, 16-13-37, 16-13-41, 16-13-43, 16-13-74, 26-3-8, 26-4-5, 26-4-27 to 26-4-29, 26-4-41, 26-4-42, 26-4-46, 26-4-47, 26-4-60, 26-4-80, 26-4-82, 26-4-86 to 26-4-88, 26-4-110, 26-4-111, 26-4-113.
Original Rule entitled "Experience Requirements" adopted. F. Mar. 21, 2001; eff. Apr. 10, 2001. Amended: F. Feb. 2, 2006; eff. Feb. 22, 2006. Amended: F. June 20, 2014; eff. July 10, 2014. Amended: F. June 22, 2016; eff. July 12, 2016.

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