Internship & Licensure

Many state boards of pharmacy require that, in addition to a degree in pharmacy, specified hours of supervised working experience are necessary to become a licensed pharmacist. Regulations vary among the states. Students who plan to practice pharmacy in states other than Georgia should consult their state's board of pharmacy for instructions.

In Georgia you may register with the state board as a pharmacy intern after enrollment in the College of Pharmacy. You must apply for and receive an internship license. Georgia interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week in order to receive credit. Interns may work a maximum of 50 hours per week. The State Board of Pharmacy will not grant credit for hours worked while you are enrolled in pharmacy school and the University is in session. Keeping proper records and following procedures for accurate reporting of hours worked is the responsibility of the intern.

All Mercer students are required to obtain a Georgia internship license prior to participating in any on-site pharmacy practice experience. Students may contact the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy  for internship license information.

The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy requires that an applicant for licensure as a pharmacist must be at least 18 years of age, must be a graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy and must have completed 1,500 hours of internship under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Mercer graduates currently receive 1,000 hours of internship credit from the Georgia Board of Pharmacy for the pharmacy practice experiences at the College of Pharmacy, to be applied toward the total of 1,500 hours. The remaining 500 hours must be earned through employment in a pharmacy. Graduates who plan to become a licensed pharmacist in a state other than Georgia should contact their respective state boards of pharmacy for details.

Application for the licensure examination may be made near the time of graduation. Mercer graduates score consistently higher than the national average on the licensure exam. Over the past five years, the average first-attempt pass rate is 96 percent.

Licensure Preparation

To prepare for Licensure, Fourth Year Mercer Doctor of Pharmacy Students are encouraged to take the following steps:

  1. Attend the Calculations and Compounding Review (find the sign up in Moodle, available in April of each year)
  2. Take The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Pre-NAPLEX practice examination. (Please note: you will be directed to an external site.)
  3. Review Faculty Recommended Resources:
  • AccessPharmacy from McGraw-Hill is an online curricular resource that includes NAPLEX test prep materials.
  • Appleton and Lange's Review of Pharmacy. Text with CD-ROM for Windows with Practice Tests.
    by Gary D. Hall and Barry S. Reiss
    Specs: 356 pages
    ISBN: 0071425438
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Incorporated
  • ASHP's PharmPrep: Case-Based Board Review. Text with CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows. by Diane B. Ginsburg
    Specs: 387 pages
    ISBN: 1585280534
    Publisher: American Society of Health System Pharmacists
  • Comprehensive Pharmacy Review Practice Exams
    by Alan H. Mutnich, Leon Shargel, Paul F. Souney, Larry N. Swanson.
    Specs: 192 pages
    ISBN: 0-7817-4485-7
    Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins