MPJE Competency Statements

As of January 1, 2023

The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®) Competency Statements provide a blueprint of the topics covered on the examination. They offer important information about the knowledge, judgment, and skills you are expected to demonstrate while taking the MPJE. A strong understanding of the Competency Statements will aid you in your preparation to take the examination.

Your formal education, training, practical experience, and self-study prepare you for the MPJE. The MPJE has been designed to assess how well you apply your knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate situations involving the applicable federal and state laws and regulations that govern the practice of pharmacy in the state in which you are seeking licensure. Additional information may also be obtained from the state board of pharmacy where you are seeking licensure.

Note: No distinction is made in the examination between federal and state jurisprudence questions. You are required to answer each question in terms of the prevailing laws of the state in which you are seeking licensure.

Area 1 — Licensure/Personnel (Approximately 22% of the Exam)

1.1 – Responsibilities of the pharmacist and non-pharmacist personnel:

1.2 – Licensures, registrations, and certifications for pharmacists or non-pharmacist personnel:

Area 2 — Pharmacist Practice (Approximately 33% of the Exam)

2.1 – Requirements for issuing prescriptions/drug orders:

2.2 – Conditions under which the pharmacist or non-pharmacist personnel participates in the administration of drugs in the management of patients’ therapy

2.3 – Requirements regarding counseling:

2.4 – Returning or reusing drugs

2.5 – Regulations and agencies regarding pharmacy practice:

Area 3 — Dispensing Requirements (Approximately 24% of the Exam)

3.1 – Responsibilities for determining whether prescriptions/drug orders are issued for a legitimate medical purpose and within all applicable restrictions

3.2 – Transferring prescription/drug order information between pharmacies by authorized personnel

3.3 – Prospective drug utilization reviews:

3.4 – Exceptions to dispensing or refilling prescriptions/drug orders

3.5 – Labeling of dispensed drugs

3.6 – Packaging of dispensed drugs

3.7 – Drug product conditions prohibiting dispensing

3.8 – Requirements for the distribution and/or dispensing of non-prescription pharmaceutical products, including controlled substances and hazardous drugs:

Area 4 — Pharmacy Operations (Approximately 21% of the Exam)

4.1 – Ordering, acquisition, and distribution of drugs, including maintenance and content of such records:

4.2 – Recordkeeping in compliance with legal requirements, including content, inventory, maintenance, storage, handling, and reporting:

4.3 – Delivery of drugs

4.4 – Conditions for permitted or mandated product selection

4.5 – Compounding sterile, nonsterile, hazardous, and non-hazardous preparations

4.6 – Centralized prescription processing or central-fill pharmacy dispensing

4.7 – Requirements for the registration, licensure, certification, or permitting of a practice setting or business entity: