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Pharmacy refers to the preparation and dispensing of drugs as well as the counseling of patients in the proper use of these drugs.

Licensing Requirements:

To become a New York pharmacist, an applicant must have a minimum of a five-year Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy, including courses in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and pharmacology. Applicants for the license must also complete an internship and pass written and practical licensing examinations.

To keep current in their profession, all practicing New York licensed pharmacists are required to take continuing education courses regularly.


The fee for licensure is $339.
The fee for a limited (intern) permit is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 1,318 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 1,436 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 1,241 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020, there were 21,873 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board of Pharmacy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 130
Fax: (518) 473-6995
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1051 - Pharmacists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 300,
Alexandria, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 739-2330
Fax: (703) 836-8982
E-mail: [email protected]


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/1/21.

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