Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination

The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) is an exam sat by Foreign Graduate Pharmacist who wish to enter and practice in the United States (each attempt costs around $600). The certification is accepted by 50 state boards of pharmacy as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of an candidate’s foreign pharmacy education and licensure. The FPGEE is administered twice each year at Pearson VUE test sites throughout the continental United States.

Prior to sitting for the FPGEE exam, there are a number of requirements that each candidate is supposed to meet. One amongst such requirements is passing the TOEFL iBT exam. This is an English exam that is to ascertain the fluency levels for the foreign pharmacists. Every candidate must pass the TOEFL iBT exam before they are accepted into sitting for the FPGEE.

Candidates are required to pass the FPGEE as part of the FPGEC Certification process. The FPGEE is based on a nationally uniform content blueprint and is developed, administered, and scored under policies and procedures developed by the NABP Advisory Committee on Examinations and approved by the NABP Executive Committee.

The examination is a comprehensive measure of pharmacy knowledge in four major content areas:
  • 21% – Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • 29% – Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 15% – Social/Behavioral/Administrative Pharmacy Sciences
  • 35% – Clinical Sciences
  • For a more indepth syllabus please click here.
You must take the examination at one of two consecutive opportunities upon being accepted to take the FPGEE. Additional opportunities to take the FPGEE will only be allowed if The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) receives an official denial of your visa or you have a health or work-related problem that is substantiated on official stationary from your health provider or place of employment stating that you can not attend your second or subsequent opportunity.
Last modified: Wednesday, 17 July 2013, 10:16 AM