A Limited (Intern) Permit must be issued in order to practice pharmacy under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. You must apply for, and have been issued, an intern permit before starting your supervised pharmacy practice. All applicants except graduates of ACPE accredited programs leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree must complete an internship experience.
You may be granted credit for internships completed in other states, if the internship meets New York State and the other state's requirements as verified on Form 4.
Limited (Intern) Permit
Anyone who has not applied for and received an intern permit from the New York State Education Department is not authorized to begin an internship in New York and credit will not be granted for such practice. Only internships done in a registered pharmacy are acceptable.
The preceptor assumes the responsibility for training the intern even though the intern may practice occasionally under the supervision of another pharmacist in the same pharmacy.
If an intern permit is lost or damaged, contact the State Board of Pharmacy Office by emailing Pharmbd@nysed.gov to request a replacement. Please include your name, address, last four digits of your Social Security Number and telephone number.
New York accepts intern hours accumulated that are in addition to the hours required for both introductory and advanced practice rotations of the ACPE pharmacy curriculum. New York does not accept clerkship or externship hours that form part of the school curriculum and are required to obtain the degree. Credit cannot be given for any hours that exceed 40 hours per week. For calculation purposes, a week is considered a 7-day period and one month is equal to 173 hours.
Internships completed in another state may be accepted as long as the intern meets all requirements to practice pharmacy and is authorized to do so by that State's Board of Pharmacy. Before you begin an internship in another state, check with the State's Board Office to ensure that you meet their requirements and that they will be able to certify the hours you will accumulate to New York.
If you have already completed your internship in another state, request verification from that State Board to be sent directly to the New York State Education Department. The verification must include a detailed description of the internship and beginning and ending dates for each session. If you also attended a school in another state, we require your school to provide us with a letter indicating the beginning and ending dates for each semester you attended.
Your internship experience must be reviewed and approved by the New York State Education Department before you can be considered eligible to take the MPJE.
Certification of Internship to Another State
The New York State Board of Pharmacy office does not provide certification or verification of internship hours or clinical experiences. All graduates of accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy are required to complete both introductory and advanced practice rotations in pharmacies. Completion of these externship/internship hours is overseen by the colleges. The New York State Board of Pharmacy office does not independently audit or reconfirm these experiences. Further, all graduates of accredited programs with a PharmD are deemed to have met all experiential requirements for licensure in New York State. For these reasons we cannot independently certify clinical experiences to other state boards of pharmacy.
An intern permit is required for all students involved in advanced practice rotations and while practicing as an intern under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. PharmD graduates are deemed to have completed at least 1500 intern hours. Verification of an intern permit can be performed on our website at: Verification Search.