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How to Become Licensed to Dispense Medicine

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Along with medical doctors, pharmacists and some nursing staff are qualified to dispense medicine. The dispensing of medicine occurs daily in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and in doctor's offices. Retail and hospital pharmacies require a licensed pharmacist to oversee the filling of prescriptions, but in a doctor's office it is a doctor or nurse who dispenses drug samples to patients. Although a pharmacy tech may fill a prescription, the pharmacist double checks the work.

Enter into a pharmacy program at a college or university. Make sure the program is accredited and that the program meets your state's licensing requirements.

Complete a dispensing of medicine course by the Pharmacy Council. A demonstrated need for pharmacological service in your state needs to be established.

Get all the information you need to sign up for the distance learning course mandated by the Pharmacy Council. Completion of this three-phase course can be done at the pharmacist's own pace.

Study for the final assessment before you are given a pharmacy license. The assessment can take place whenever you believe you are ready.

Make an application for a license in the senior year of course study. This will help expedite the final licensing phase of the degree program.

Publicize in a local newspaper that you have applied for a license in pharmacology. This will indicate your intent to apply for a dispensing license.

Oversee your application process. Once a notice has been posted, any person can write to the director general with an objection to your licensure.


People licensed to dispense medicine can charge a fee.


Written objections can result in your not receiving a license to dispense medicine. Past felonies and drug abuse can result in failure to obtain a license to dispense medicine.


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