Students planning to practice the profession of pharmacy are required to satisfy the licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to practice. Licensure requirements vary, therefore, information concerning these requirements should be obtained by contacting the board of pharmacy of the state concerned.
Students accepted and enrolled in the doctor of pharmacy curriculum are required to obtain a valid Pharmacist Intern License issued by the Missouri Board of Pharmacy or provide proof of application submission for a license in order to fully participate/continue in the curriculum. The Missouri Pharmacist Intern License must remain valid through the last Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience. Successful completion of all portions of the curriculum, both credit and non-credit requirements, are necessary for a student to meet graduation requirements and accrue sufficient internship hours toward pharmacist licensure eligibility.
The state of Missouri requires that an applicant for pharmacist licensure be 21 years of age, a graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy approved by the state's board of pharmacy and have on file with the board proof of 1,500 hours of internship experience in a retail/community or hospital pharmacy under the supervision of a registered pharmacist/preceptor. Students attending a pharmacy school in the state of Missouri must complete three rotations through the school's externship program of at least 160 hours each, for a total of 480 hours which will satisify the internship requirements. Refer to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy website for the most up-to-date information as requirements can change at any time. Kansas internship requirements are presently 1,500 hours also.