Chapter 4729-3 Pharmacy Interns

4729-3-01 Definitions.

As used in Chapter 4729-3 of the Administrative Code:

(A) "Pharmacy internship" means the supervised practical experience required for licensure as a registered pharmacist. The purpose of the pharmacy internship program is to provide those individuals, who intend to become registered pharmacists, with the knowledge and practical experience necessary for functioning competently and effectively upon licensure.

(B) "Preceptor" is the individual responsible for seeing that the intern is properly supervised and exposed to all aspects of an internship program.

(1) A "preceptor" is a pharmacist who holds a current identification card which is in good standing; or, is a person who is of good moral character and is qualified to direct the approved experience in the area approved by the director of internship pursuant to paragraph ( C) of rule 4729-3-05 of the Administrative Code.

(2) A person may serve as the preceptor for more than one intern. The number of interns engaged in the practice of pharmacy at any time is limited to not more than two for each pharmacist on duty.

(3) A preceptor must report to the board on the progress and aptitude of an intern when requested by the director of internship.

(C) "Director of internship" has the same meaning as provided in section 4729.11 of the Revised Code.

(D) "In good standing" means that the preceptor has not been denied the privilege of supervising interns by the board.

(E) "Statement of Preceptor" is a form provided by the state board of pharmacy that identifies the preceptor and internship site for a pharmacy intern.

(F) "Practical Experience Affidavit" is a form provided by the state board of pharmacy used to submit evidence of practical experience for internship credit pursuant to rule 4729-3-06 of the Administrative Code.

(G) "School of pharmacy" has the same meaning as a college of pharmacy or a department of pharmacy of a university, which has been recognized and approved by the state board of pharmacy.

Effective: 10/27/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/10/2011 and 10/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.01 , 4729.08 , 4729.11
Prior Effective Dates: 6/1/72, 3/19/87, 7/1/94, 1/17/97, 2/1/02, 2/1/03, 2/1/05, 1/1/06, 4/27/07

4729-3-02 Registration as a pharmacy intern.

(A) A certificate of registration as a pharmacy intern shall only be issued for the purpose of allowing those individuals who intend to become registered pharmacists the opportunity to obtain the practical experience required for examination and registration as a pharmacist.

(B) If a person is actively working towards the requirements for licensure as a pharmacist and desires to work as a pharmacy intern in Ohio, he/she must:

(1)

(a) Have successfully completed at least sixty semester or ninety quarter hours of college, be enrolled in a school of pharmacy, and has begun taking professional classes directly related to the practice of pharmacy; or

(b) Have obtained a first professional degree in pharmacy from a program which has been recognized and approved by the state board of pharmacy; or

(c) Have established educational equivalency by obtaining a "Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC)" certificate, and have established proficiency in spoken English by successfully completing the "Test of Spoken English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT) pursuant to rule 4729-5-34 of the Administrative Code.

(2) Submit electronic fingerprint impressions for a criminal records check pursuant to section 4729.071 of the Revised Code and rule 4729-5-12 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Apply to the state board of pharmacy for registration as a pharmacy intern.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/22/2011 and 11/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26 , 4776.03
Rule Amplifies: 4729.071 , 4729.08 , 4729.11 , 4729.12 , 4776.01 , 4776.02 , 4776.04
Prior Effective Dates: 10/1/71, 9/10/76, 8/1/84, 9/1/85, 7/1/92, 2/1/02, 2/1/03, 2/1/05, 4/27/07, 1/1/09, 1/1/11

4729-3-03 Application for registration as a pharmacy intern.

(A) Every person desiring to register as a pharmacy intern for the purpose of obtaining the practical experience required for examination and registration as a pharmacist shall submit the following to the state board of pharmacy:

(1) A completed application form as provided by the board;

(2) A head and shoulders photograph taken within the previous six months;

(3) Fee;

(4) An original transcript certifying that the applicant has in fact successfully completed a minimum of sixty semester or ninety quarter hours of college work; and

(5) A certificate of enrollment from a school of pharmacy certifying that the person is enrolled in a school of pharmacy and has begun taking professional classes directly related to the practice of pharmacy; or

(6) All items listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(3) of this rule and:

(a) Certification of having obtained a first professional degree in pharmacy from a program that has been recognized and approved by the state board of pharmacy; or

(b) Certification of having established educational equivalency by obtaining a "Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC)" certificate, and evidence of successful completion of the "Test of Spoken English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT) pursuant to rule 4729-5-34 of the Administrative Code.

(B) The state board of pharmacy may register an applicant as a pharmacy intern as soon as the state board of pharmacy receives all the required items set forth in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(5) or paragraph (A)(6) of this rule.

(C) The state board of pharmacy may, pursuant to rule 4729-5-04 of the Administrative Code, deny the issuance of a certificate of registration or an identification card to practice as a pharmacy intern.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/22/2011 and 11/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.08 , 4729.11 , 4729.12
Prior Effective Dates: 9/10/76, 8/1/84, 9/1/85, 7/1/91, 7/1/92, 7/1/94, 1/17/97, 2/1/02, 2/1/03, 2/1/05, 4/27/07, 1/1/11

4729-3-04 Pharmacy intern identification card renewal.

A pharmacy intern may renew his/her identification card each year provided he/she is actively working toward the requirements for licensure as a pharmacist and otherwise meets the requirements and rules of the state board of pharmacy. The state board of pharmacy may, pursuant to rule 4729-5-04 of the Administrative Code, deny the issuance of an identification card to practice pharmacy as an intern.

(A) An intern shall be considered to be actively working towards licensure as a pharmacist if he/she has complied with all of the statutes and rules regarding internship since registration as a pharmacy intern, and:

(1) He/she is enrolled in a school of pharmacy and is taking professional classes directly related to the practice of pharmacy; or

(2) He/she is a member of the armed forces and can provide evidence that he/she has been accepted for enrollment in a school of pharmacy upon his/her release from the armed forces; or

(B) An intern who has obtained a first professional degree in pharmacy from a school of pharmacy, or who has established equivalency by obtaining a "Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC)" certificate, may renew his/her license only once. In the event of extraordinary circumstances and when due to no fault of the intern, the board may approve additional renewals.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/22/2011 and 11/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.08 , 4729.11 , 4729.12 , 5903.10
Prior Effective Dates: 9/10/76, 8/1/84, 9/1/85, 7/1/91, 7/1/92, 1/17/97, 2/1/02, 2/1/03, 2/1/05, 4/27/07

4729-3-05 Internship credit.

(A) The pharmacy internship credit requirement for the licensure examinations shall be deemed satisfactorily completed when the intern has:

(1) Successfully graduated after December 31, 2006 with a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from a school of pharmacy approved by the "Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (A.C.P.E.)" and the state board of pharmacy; or

(2) Obtained a total of at least one thousand five hundred hours of documented supervised practical experience accepted by the state board of pharmacy which may include any hours:

(a) Documented on a practical experience affidavit pursuant to rule 4729-3-06 of the Administrative Code; or

(b) Worked in another state where that state board of pharmacy submits official verification of the actual practical experience contact hours worked to the Ohio board of pharmacy.

(B) No internship credit shall be granted by the board for practical experience until a foreign pharmacy graduate has established educational equivalency by obtaining a "Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC)" certificate, and has established proficiency in spoken English by successfully completing the "Test of Spoken English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)" pursuant to rule 4729-5-34 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Practical experience obtained pursuant to paragraph (A)(2)(a) of this rule may include up to five hundred hours of internship credit at a site other than a pharmacy licensed as a terminal distributor of dangerous drugs (e.g., manufacturing, research, consulting, drug information, and drug utilization review). To receive credit for such experience, a formal request must be submitted to the director of internship for approval prior to beginning the experience in these areas. The request shall include a detailed description of the contemplated internship with respect to time, place, duties, responsibilities, professional supervision, and the person supervising the experience. The request must be signed by both the intern and the person supervising the experience and returned with a completed statement of preceptor form. If approved by the board, the hours must be documented using a practical experience affidavit pursuant to rule 4729-3-06 of the Administrative Code.

(D) Internship credit may be denied for the practical experience accumulated when an intern is found to be guilty of violation(s) pursuant to section 4729.16 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 10/27/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/10/2011 and 10/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.08 , 4729.11
Prior Effective Dates: 9/10/76, 2/15/82, 3/19/87, 7/1/90, 7/1/92, 7/1/94, 1/17/97, 2/1/02, 2/1/03, 4/27/07

4729-3-06 Statement of preceptor and practical experience affidavit.

(A) At the beginning of internship, or if there is a change in preceptor or employment site, the intern must submit a completed statement of preceptor form within thirty days of the occurrence to the state board of pharmacy. The filing of a statement of preceptor form is not required for a change of preceptor or internship site related to a school of pharmacy academic program.

(B) If an intern has graduated after December 31, 2006 without obtaining a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from a school of pharmacy approved by the "Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (A.C.P.E.)" and the state board of pharmacy, the intern must obtain one thousand five hundred hours of supervised practical experience, pursuant to paragraphs (A)(2), (B), and (C) of rule 4729-3-05 of the Administrative Code, to satisfy the requirement to take the examinations. The intern is responsible for submitting the following required forms to certify the hours and supervision:

(1) A statement of preceptor form must be received by the state board of pharmacy for each pharmacy intern within thirty days of beginning internship under a preceptor's supervision.

(a) No credit will be given for practical experience obtained prior to thirty days of the date that the statement of preceptor form is received by the board office; except, in the event of extraordinary circumstances and when due to no fault of the intern, the board may accept a retroactive date of filing for the statement of preceptor.

(b) The intern must file a statement of preceptor form whenever he/she changes internship sites and/or preceptors.

(2) A practical experience affidavit form must be used to submit evidence of practical experience for internship credit.

(a) Practical experience reported on the affidavit shall be the total number of actual clock hours worked during the reported time period rounded to the nearest hour. The hours reported must be able to be documented by payroll or other records which may be examined by the state board of pharmacy upon reasonable notice.

(b) Practical experience affidavits must be signed by the preceptor and submitted to the state board of pharmacy. In the event of the unavailability of the preceptor's signature due to extraordinary circumstances and due to no fault of the intern, the board may accept an alternative method for verification of a practical experience affidavit.

(c) Practical experience affidavits for a calendar year may be submitted at any time, except that they must be received in the board office or postmarked no later than the first day of March of the following year.

(d) No internship credit shall be granted by the board for practical experience obtained before registration as an intern or during a period when the intern's registration has lapsed.

(C) Statement of preceptor and practical experience affidavit forms may also be used to document any additional hours desired by the intern.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/22/2011 and 11/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.08 , 4729.11
Prior Effective Dates: 4/27/07

4729-3-09 Expiration of pharmacy intern registration.

(A) When a candidate receives his/her first identification card to practice as a pharmacist, his/her registration as a pharmacy intern terminates.

(B) A pharmacy intern, other than a graduate pharmacist intern, must immediately notify his/her current employer and any subsequent employer where practicing as a pharmacy intern if he/she is no longer enrolled in a school of pharmacy. The person should immediately return his/her pharmacy intern certificate and pocket identification card to the state board of pharmacy.

Effective: 10/27/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/10/2011 and 10/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4729.26
Rule Amplifies: 4729.08 , 4729.11
Prior Effective Dates: 9/10/76, 7/1/92