NAPLEX Competency Statements

The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) 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 as an entry-level pharmacist. A strong understanding of the Competency Statements will aid in your preparation to take the examination.

As of January 1, 2021

Area 1 – Obtain, Interpret, or Assess Data, Medical, or Patient Information (Approximately 18% of Test)

Area 2 – Identify Drug Characteristics (Approximately 14% of Test)

Area 3 – Develop or Manage Treatment Plans (Approximately 35% of Test)

Area 4 – Perform Calculations (Approximately 14% of Test) 

Area 5 – Compound, Dispense, or Administer Drugs, or Manage Delivery Systems (Approximately 11% of Test)

Area 6 – Develop or Manage Practice or Medication-Use Systems to Ensure Safety and Quality (Approximately 7% of Test)