The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.
The NAPLEX assesses whether a prospective pharmacist:
- Can identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes in patients
- Can identify and determine safe and accurate methods to prepare and dispense medications
- Can provide and apply health care information to promote optimal health care
Anyone taking the exam is advised to read the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin, which includes detailed information about the exam itself, the registration process, scheduling an appointment to test, and requirements on test day.
The fee for the NAPLEX is $485.
What Does the NAPLEX Look Like?
The 185-question exam tests a prospective pharmacist’s ability to measure pharmacotherapy and therapeutic outcomes, prepare and dispense medications, and implement and evaluate information for optimal health care.
As a computer-based exam, the NAPLEX uses adaptive technology to deliver selected-response and constructed-response questions, many of which are asked in a scenario-based format. (For example, a patient profile is provided, and you must answer a series of questions related to the profile.) See the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin for further information on the NAPLEX.
The NAPLEX competency statements provide content areas covered on the exam. Achieving a strong understanding of the exam content will aid in your preparation process.
For a sneak peak at the exam, consider taking the Pre-NAPLEX. The Pre-NAPLEX simulates the NAPLEX testing experience as you field questions similar to those you will face on the day of the test. Available online, the Pre-NAPLEX is accessible anywhere you have an Internet connection.
Ready to Register for the NAPLEX?
Review the specific licensure requirements set by your state board of pharmacy. Meeting your state’s eligibility requirements will ensure a smooth path to test day.
As mentioned above, read the NAPLEX/MPJE Registration Bulletin – it covers all you need to know about the NAPLEX including sections on:
- Registration procedures and requirements
- Requesting special testing accommodations
- Eligibility requirements
- Scheduling your exam
- Changing your appointment to test
- Requirements on the day of the examination