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"Pharmacist-intern" or "intern" means a person enrolled in a college of pharmacy or actively pursuing a pharmacy degree, or as otherwise provided by the board, who is registered with the board for the purpose of obtaining instruction in the practice of pharmacy from a preceptor.

Registration Procedures

Pharmacist-Intern Training Requirements

GENERAL INFORMATION: The following information is based on 657 I.A.C. Chapter 4, "Pharmacist-Interns."

Who Must Register

  1. Interns acquiring experience in Iowa and going to school in Iowa.
  2. Interns going to school in Iowa and acquiring experience in a state other than Iowa.
  3. Interns attending a school in another state and acquiring experience in Iowa.
  4. Graduates of an approved college of pharmacy acquiring practical experience as a requirement for licensure as a pharmacist in Iowa.
  5. Foreign graduates who have established educational equivalency acquiring practical experience as a requirement for licensure as a pharmacist in Iowa.
  6. Individuals participating in a residency or fellowship program in Iowa, whether or not the individual is licensed as a pharmacist in another state.

When to Register

Every person shall register before beginning their internship, but not before the commencement of the first professional year in a college of pharmacy.

How to Register

Complete the application for registration as a pharmacist-intern. The “Certificate of Eligibility” form is to be completed by the College of Pharmacy and submitted to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy office.

Fees and Term of Registration

The fee for registration as a pharmacist-intern is $30. This registration shall remain in effect as long as the board is satisfied that the intern is pursuing a degree in pharmacy in good faith and with reasonable diligence. Registration shall automatically terminate upon the earliest of any of the following:

  1. Licensure to practice pharmacy in any state;
  2. Lapse in the pursuit of a degree in pharmacy; or
  3. One year following graduation from the college of pharmacy.

Reporting Hours


  • No more than two interns shall be trained by a preceptor at one time.
  • All interns shall notify the board immediately upon change of name, employment, or mailing address.
  • Pharmacist-intern shall be so designated in all relationships with the public and health professionals. While on duty in the pharmacy, the intern shall wear visible to the public a name badge including the designation "pharmacist-intern" or "pharmacy student."
  • Individuals are required to report to the Board, within ten days, a change of name, address, or pharmacy employment. Changes to your address and employment may be made through your online profile. Name changes can be made using the Individual Licensee/Registrant Online Notification of Name Change form


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