(A) "Veteran" means anyone who is serving or has served under honorable conditions in any component of the armed forces, including the national guard and reserve.
(B) Substantially equivalent education.
In accordance with section 5903.03 of the Revised Code, there are no military programs of training or military primary specialties which are substantially equivalent to the education requirements for licensure as a pharmacist.
(C) Continuing education.
(1) In accordance with section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the state board of pharmacy shall grant extension periods and waivers for the completion of license renewal and continuing education requirements for active duty veteran members and their spouses. If a current pharmacist or their spouse is called to active duty for military service, the time period allowed for completion of any continuing education requirements or license renewal will be extended by the amount of time that the pharmacist or the pharmacist's spouse was on active duty.
(2) Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board's director of licensing shall extend the current reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the licensee or their spouse spent on active duty during the current reporting period. For purposes of this division, any portion of a month served on active duty shall be considered one full month.
(3) The licensee shall submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service. Documentation required to obtain an extension or waiver pursuant to paragraph (C)(1) of this rule will be published on the state board of pharmacy's web site: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov.
(D) Determining fulfillment of continuing education.
(1) If a pharmacist is a veteran, the state board of pharmacy shall consider relevant military education, training or service that has been completed by the license holder when determining the fulfillment of any continuing education requirements.
(2) In order for the board to consider relevant education, training, or service completed by a pharmacist, the licensee shall submit a request for consideration and evidence or documentation of the education, training, or service to the director of licensing at least thirty days prior to the required continuing education reporting period pursuant to rule 4729-7-02 of the Administrative Code.
(E) Renewal of an expired license.
(1) In accordance with section 5903.10 of the Revised Code, a holder of an expired license shall be granted a renewal of the license or certificate by the state board of pharmacy at the usual cost without penalty and without re-examination if not otherwise disqualified because of mental or physical disability and if either of the following applies:
(a) The license or certificate was not renewed because of the holder's service in the armed forces.
(b) The license or certificate was not renewed because the holder's spouse served in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces and the service resulted in the holder's absence from this state.
(2) A pharmacist shall submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service. Documentation required to obtain a renewal pursuant to paragraph (E)(1) of this rule will be published on the state board of pharmacy's web site: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov.
(F) Upon receipt of all required documentation and when applicable, a pharmacist or pharmacy intern license shall be issued no later than three business days of the applicant's eligibility for licensure, to each applicant who is a veteran, spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran.
(G) The director of licensing shall maintain a system to record, track and monitor applications that have been received from a veteran, spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran.