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Licensing Procedures for Military Personnel

The Board has developed preferential licensing procedures for certain military personnel seeking or holding pharmacist or pharmacy technician credentials.

 

Pharmacist
Upon receipt of an application for pharmacist licensure by a military-trained applicant or military spouse, the Board office shall mark the application for priority processing and preserve that status until the license is issued, or in the alternative, the Board gives notice of its intent to deny the application and refuse to issue the license.

     Eligibility Criteria
          A military trained applicant is a person who:
               Has completed a military program of training, been awarded a military occupational specialty, and performed in that specialty at a level that is substantially equivalent to or exceeds the requirements for pharmacist licensure in this state;
               Has engaged in the active practice of pharmacy; and
               Has not been disciplined in any jurisdiction for an act that would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice pharmacy in this state at the timne the act was committed.
          A military spouse is a person who:
               Can demonstrate marriage to a person in active duty military service with or commitment to reserve duty, as evidenced by legible copies of marriage license and military orders;
               Holds a current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in another jurisdiction within the United States or any of its territories that has not been disciplined by the agency issuing that license; and
               Can demonstrate competency to practice pharmacy through various methods determined by the Board; e.g., evidence of continuing education activity, letters of competency from previous practice manager, remediation examination, or personal interview.
          The provisions of this preferential licensing procedure shall not apply to a military-trained applicant who has received, or is in the process of receiving, a dishonorable discharge from the military.  Further, the provisions of this preferential licensing procedure shall not apply to a military spouse whose spouse has received, or is in the process of receiving, a dishonorable discharge from the military.

Special Work Permit
In the event the military-trained applicant or military spouse intends to practice pharmacy before the issuance of the license, the Board may issue a Special Work Permit to that person.
     The Special Work Permit shall expire 120 days after the date of issue, and the permit shall not be renewable.
     The Special Work Permit shall identify the military-trained applicant or military spouse, and further, shall indicate the authority for that person to practice pharmacy within the State of Louisiana as well as the dates of issue and expiration of the credential.
     No military-trained applicant or military spouse may practice pharmacy prior the the receipt of a Special Work Permit or pharmacist license, or with an expired Special Work Permit or pharmacist license.
     The Special Work Permit shall not be eligible for reciprocity to any other jurisdiction.

Special Designations for Licenses
Once the pharmacist license is issued, the Board has special designations available for pharmacists serving on active duty in the armed forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy) as well as military spouses.
> Pharmacists serving on active duty in one of the armed forces may request the PST-M designation.  The request must be in written form and may be sent via email, fax, or mail to the Board office.  There is no fee for the designation.  Pharmacists holding the PST-M designation are not required to comply with the continuing education (CE) rules and are also exempt from license renewal fees.
> Military spouses may request the PST-MS designation.  The request must be in writen form and may be sent via email, fax, or mail to the Board office.  There is no fee for the designation.  Pharmacists holding the PST-MS designation are exempt from license renewal fees (but not the CE requirements).

 

Pharmacy Technicians
Upon receipt of an application for pharmacy technician candidate registration by a military-trained applicant or military spouse, the Board office shall mark the application for priority processing and preserve that status until the registration is issued, or in the alternative, the Board gives notice of its intent to deny the application and refuse to issue the registration.

Eligibility Criteria
          A military trained applicant is a person who:
               Has completed a military program of training, been awarded a military occupational specialty, and performed in that specialty at a level that is substantially equivalent to or exceeds the requirements for pharmacy technician certification in this state;
               Has engaged in the active practice of pharmacy; and
               Has not been disciplined in any jurisdiction for an act that would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a technician certifciate to practice pharmacy in this state at the timne the act was committed.
          A military spouse is a person who:
               Can demonstrate marriage to a person in active duty military service with or commitment to reserve duty, as evidenced by legible copies of marriage license and military orders;
               Holds a current and unrestricted technician certificate to practice pharmacy in another jurisdiction within the United States or any of its territories that has not been disciplined by the agency issuing that license; and
               Can demonstrate competency to practice pharmacy through various methods determined by the Board; e.g., evidence of continuing education activity, letters of competency from previous practice manager, remediation examination, or personal interview.
          The provisions of this preferential licensing procedure shall not apply to a military-trained applicant who has received, or is in the process of receiving, a dishonorable discharge from the military.  Further, the provisions of this preferential licensing procedure shall not apply to a military spouse whose spouse has received, or is in the process of receiving, a dishonorable discharge from the military.

Special Work Permit
In the event the military-trained applicant or military spouse intends to practice pharmacy before the issuance of the registration, the Board may issue a Special Work Permit to that person.
     The Special Work Permit shall expire 120 days after the date of issue, and the permit shall not be renewable.
     The Special Work Permit shall identify the military-trained applicant or military spouse, and further, shall indicate the authority for that person to practice as a pharmacy technician within the State of Louisiana as well as the dates of issue and expiration of the credential.
     No military-trained applicant or military spouse may practice pharmacy as a pharmacy technician prior to the receipt of a Special Work Permit or pharmacy technician candidae registration, or with an expired Special Work Permit or pharmacy technician candidate registration.
     The Special Work Permit shall not be eligible for reciprocity to any other jurisdiction.

Special Designations for Certificates
Once the pharmacy technician certificate is issued, the Board has special designations available for technicians serving on active duty in the armed forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy) as well as military spouses.
> Pharmacy technicians serving on active duty in one of the armed forces may request the CPT-M designation.  The request must be in written form and may be sent via email, fax, or mail to the Board office.  There is no fee for the designation.  Pharmaciy technicians holding the CPT-M designation are not required to comply with the continuing education (CE) rules and are also exempt from certificate renewal fees.
> Military spouses may request the CPT-MS designation.  The request must be in writen form and may be sent via email, fax, or mail to the Board office.  There is no fee for the designation.  Pharmacy technicians holding the CPT-MS designation are exempt from certificate renewal fees (but not the CE requirements).


Questions?  Our email address is info@pharmacy.la.gov.  If you prefer, our telephone number is 225.925.6496.