Carefully read this Bulletin in its entirety to be sure you understand the processes and expectations for examination candidates. You should also make sure that you understand the requirements for licensure in the jurisdiction(s) in which you plan to request NAPLEX or MPJE eligibility. A good way to get started is to check your board of pharmacy website.
If you have questions about any step of the eligibility application or examination purchase process, review the Additional Exam Procedures section of this Bulletin and the Help section of the NABP website at www.nabp.pharmacy/help.
Prior to applying to take the NAPLEX or the MPJE, you need to have graduated from an ACPE-accredited entry-level school or have earned FPGEC Certification.
If instead you graduated from a pharmacy degree program based outside the US and its territories that has been awarded Precertification, Provisional Certification, or Certification by ACPE (or International-Accreditation, International Pre-Accreditation, or Provisional International-Accreditation by ACPE) you are not eligible to apply for the NAPLEX or MPJE. Similarly, if you graduated from an ACPE-accredited post-baccalaureate pharmacy program, you are not eligible to apply for the NAPLEX or MPJE. See the Additional Exam Procedures chapter for more information.
Students, if you took the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment®, you will already have an NABP e-Profile. If you forgot your password, use the Forgot Password link and reset it. If you no longer have access to the email address associated with your account, contact NABP Customer Engagement for help.
If you do not already have an NABP e-Profile, follow the instructions on NABP’s website to create one. Verify that your name in your e-Profile exactly matches the name on the ID that you will use to be admitted to the testing center. See the Taking Your Exams section for lists of acceptable ID. Also, see the Name Matching Requirements section for more information on this requirement. To update your e-Profile, follow the instructions in the Help section of the NABP website.
To apply for an exam, log in to your NABP e-Profile and follow the instructions. Be sure to choose the primary jurisdiction where you will be seeking licensure. If you are taking the MPJE, you have the option to apply for multiple jurisdictions. The board of pharmacy determines a pharmacy graduate applicant’s eligibility to sit for an exam for licensure. In some jurisdictions, the boards of pharmacy have opted for NABP to process and confirm eligibility for their applicants.
Eligibility periods are typically valid for one year. NABP does not have authority to extend eligibility for candidates.
The nonrefundable eligibility application fee is $100 for the NAPLEX and $100 per jurisdiction for the MPJE and must be paid when you apply. The application fee does not include the exam fee, and the exam may only be purchased once you have been made eligible and after your official transcript is received from your school of pharmacy.
If you are seeking licensure for any of the jurisdictions listed below, including via score transfers, you will need to pay an additional nonrefundable processing fee of $85. This fee covers processing for both the NAPLEX and the MPJE for one jurisdiction (or for a stand-alone MPJE), and is valid for a one-year period starting from the date of the initial application. If you have not passed your exam(s) within the stated eligibility period, you will forfeit the processing fee and will be required to submit a new processing fee if you still wish to take the exam(s).
These states are: Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah.
You will need to submit official transcripts (that include the degree conferral date) to be received and verified by NABP to purchase your exams if you:
If your official transcripts/education have already been verified by NABP, such as if you are reapplying to take an exam or you have received FPGEC Certification, you do not need to send your transcripts again to apply for subsequent exams. In addition, some boards of pharmacy will require an official transcript as part of your licensure application. For example, Oregon requires that an official transcript be sent directly to the Board. Check with your state board of pharmacy to determine if you are required to also have an official transcript sent by your school directly to the board (in addition to NABP).
Official transcripts may be sent by the school
Transcripts submitted directly by the candidate to NABP do not meet the criteria for verifying your education.
If you are granted eligibility to test by the board of pharmacy before your transcript is received and verified by NABP, the purchase exam link in your e-Profile will be inoperable. Allow 10 business days from the time of receipt by NABP for your transcript to be processed. Discrepancies between your NABP e-Profile personal information and your official transcript may lead to deficiency notices and require a resubmission of your transcript.
Some schools and colleges of pharmacy send transcripts for an entire graduating class directly to NABP. Students at these schools will be able to purchase their exam once eligibility is granted by the board of pharmacy, because their education will have already been verified by NABP. You can check the status of your transcript by logging in to your NABP e-Profile.
More information is available in the Help section of the NABP website.
After your transcript has been processed and your education is verified by NABP, the “purchase exam” link in your e-Profile will become active. You may then click on the link to complete the purchase exam process.
Once your eligibility has been granted, the purchase link will become available in your e-Profile. NABP strongly recommends that you purchase your exam as soon as you are granted eligibility. Purchasing Score Transfers is an option during this process (see the NAPLEX score transfers section).
The exam purchase fees are:
You will not be able to purchase an exam if you have 10 or fewer business days remaining in your eligibility period.
After your payment is processed, you will receive (via email) your ATT, which you will need to schedule your examination appointments. NABP recommends scheduling your appointment as soon as possible due to limited seat capacity, particularly during higher volume testing periods. Make sure that your name on the ATT letter exactly matches the name on your ID (see Acceptable IDs in the Taking Your Exam section) that you will use for admission to the testing center (see How do I change my name in e-Profile in the Help section of the NABP website).
Your ATT letter includes your name, eligibility dates for the examination, instructions for scheduling your testing appointment, and other information. Your ATT is valid for only one testing session. Please verify the accuracy of the information on your ATT letter.
If you do not receive your ATT letter, check your spam or junk mail folders. If you still do not have access to your ATT, contact Pearson VUE customer service (see the Contact Information section).
The NAPLEX and the MPJE are administered by Pearson VUE at Pearson Professional Centers, available in all 50 United States, US territories, and the District of Columbia. NABP strongly recommends scheduling your exam(s) as soon as you have received your ATT letter by email. If your eligibility period expires prior to scheduling an examination appointment, you will forfeit all fees and must begin the application process again, including paying the application and examination fees.
You will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE confirming the details of your appointment once it has been scheduled. The message will also include directions to your test center, and instructions and policies for rescheduling and canceling your examination appointment.
Make sure all personal information on your confirmation email is correct and that your name exactly matches the name on the ID you will present at the testing center.