Passing the MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination) is necessary to become a pharmacist in most states in the US. Exceptions are Arkansas, California, and Virginia, which have their own law exam.
The exam contains 90 multiple choice questions that must be completed within 2 hours. Questions will ask about both federal and state laws for your chosen state of licensure. A score of 75 or higher is required to pass.
The MPJE exam tests you on:
- Legal aspects of pharmacy practice, including responsibilities with regard to the distribution and dispensing of pharmaceuticals and for the care of patients.
- Licensure, registration, certification, and operational requirements.
- Regulatory structure and terms of the laws and rules that regulate or affect pharmacists, pharmacies, manufacturers, and distributors.
More information about the exam can be found at the NABP.
Most recent pharmacy students pass the MPJE for the state that they went to pharmacy school in. However, if you are looking to get a license in a different state, you should get an exam guide to show you the differences between state laws. A state law guide is not only good to pass the exam, but it will also give you the knowledge you need to practice pharmacy in the state without unknowingly breaking laws!