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Program Updates

NABP Testing Program Customers

NAPLEX and MPJE Applicants

Pearson VUE is reopening its Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) on May 1 or as local conditions allow.  Candidates with valid ATTs may schedule exam appointments for May 1 and beyond. All rescheduling fees will be waived for those whose appointments were cancelled between March 16 and April 30.

Graduates may apply and schedule their exams in accordance with standard processes, however, NAPLEX and MPJE scores will not be released until NABP receives a transcript in order to verify that candidate’s degree requirements have been completed. NABP will continue accepting official transcripts sent at the request of individual students by the school to NABP. Starting on May 21, 2020, NABP began working directly with schools of pharmacy to receive transcripts for an entire graduating class if possible. It may take up to 10 business days after NABP receives the transcript for processing before your score can be released.

Please be aware that there are currently fewer seats available due to social distancing guidelines, which require that testing sites operate at a smaller capacity than usual. NABP does not determine appointment priorities. Test site and appointment availability is determined by Pearson VUE based on local conditions.

Many locations are requiring that face masks be worn. Visit the Pearson VUE website and FAQ page for more information about test appointments and delivery.

If you are already licensed in at least one state, consider using the new NABP Passport, which facilitates non-resident temporary licenses as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

If your Authorization to Test (ATT) is still valid, you may use the same ATT. We are aware there will be capacity issues as site reopen and will work through these issues.

PCOA Administrators and Test Takers

We are working closely with schools and colleges of pharmacy who are scheduled to administer the PCOA over the coming months to accommodate school closures.

FPGEC Applicants

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) was closed from March 24 to April 21, 2020. They have resumed operations and are accepting applications again. Please see the ECE website for details.

ETS has closed testing sites and, therefore, the TOEFL iBT is temporarily unavailable to FPGEC candidates. FPGEC does not accept remote proctored exams or “My Best” scores. Check the ETS website for updates on test center availability.

If you have not yet submitted an FPGEC application, please do not apply until all of your documents are available for submission. This includes:

  • Educational documents
  • Pharmacy license/registration
  • Passing TOEFL iBT score

If you have already submitted documentation, please note that it will be evaluated in the order it is received. Allow extra time in addition to the standard time frames for processing.

  • The date your documentation was processed and prepared for evaluation can be found in the Document Status table in the FPGEC section of NABP e-Profile. After evaluation, a deficiency or acceptance notice will be posted.

We thank you for your patience during this time, the FPGEC understands the importance of a timely evaluation and is continually striving to provide this for our candidates.

Accreditation and Inspection Applicants

Effective Thursday, March 19, NABP will suspend all accreditation survey and inspection activity. We will continue processing new applications for all programs, including accreditation renewals and reaccreditations.

CMS suspended non-emergency inspections across the country. More information can be found in this document. DMEPOS customers can also refer to the additional flexibilities issued by CMS.

Licensure Transfer

There may be delays in NABP completing licensure transfer applications due to closures of some Boards of Pharmacy. We appreciate your patience as we work to complete applications as promptly as possible.