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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 15TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY
CHAPTER 283LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR PHARMACISTS
RULE §283.12Licenses for Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses

(a) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Active duty--Current full-time military service in the armed forces of the United States or active duty military service as a member of the Texas military forces, or similar military service of another state.

  (2) Armed forces of the United States--The army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps of the United States or a reserve unit of one of those branches of the armed forces.

  (3) Military service member--A person who is on active duty.

  (4) Military spouse--A person who is married to a military service member.

  (5) Military veteran--A person who has served on active duty and who was discharged or released from active duty.

(b) Alternative licensing procedure. For the purpose of §55.004, Occupations Code, an applicant for a pharmacist license who is a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse may complete the following alternative procedures for licensing as a pharmacist.

  (1) Requirements for licensing by reciprocity. An applicant for licensing by reciprocity who meets all of the following requirements may be granted a temporary license as specified in this subsection prior to completing the NABP application for pharmacist license by reciprocity, and taking and passing the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination. The applicant shall:

    (A) complete the Texas application for pharmacist license by reciprocity that includes the following:

      (i) name;

      (ii) addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, and social security number; and

      (iii) any other information requested on the application;

    (B) meet the educational and age requirements as set forth in §283.3 of this title (relating to Educational and Age Requirements);

    (C) present to the board proof of initial licensing by examination and proof that any current licenses and any other licenses granted to the applicant by any other state have not been suspended, revoked, canceled, surrendered, or otherwise restricted for any reason;

    (D) meet all requirements necessary for the board to access the criminal history records information, including submitting fingerprint information, and such criminal history check does not reveal any disposition for a crime specified in §281.64 of this title (relating to Sanctions for Criminal Offenses) indicating a sanction of denial, revocation, or suspension; and

    (E) be exempt from the application and examination fees paid to the board set forth in §283.9(a)(2)(A) and (b) of this title (relating to Fee Requirements for Licensure by Examination, Score Transfer and Reciprocity); and

    (F) provide documentation of eligibility, including:

      (i) military identification indicating that the applicant is a military service member, military veteran, or military dependent, if a military spouse; and

      (ii) marriage certificate, if a military spouse.

  (2) Requirements for an applicant whose Texas pharmacist license has expired. An applicant whose Texas pharmacist license has expired within five years preceding the application date:

    (A) shall complete the Texas application for licensing that includes the following:

      (i) name;

      (ii) addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, and social security number; and

      (iii) any other information requested on the application;

    (B) shall provide documentation of eligibility, including:

      (i) military identification indicating that the applicant is a military service member, military veteran, or military dependent, if a military spouse; and

      (ii) marriage certificate, if a military spouse;

    (C) shall pay the renewal fee specified in §295.5 of this title (relating to Pharmacist License or Renewal Fees); however, the applicant shall be exempt from the fees specified in §295.7(3) of this title (relating to Pharmacist License Renewal).

    (D) shall complete approved continuing education requirements according to the following schedule:

      (i) if the Texas pharmacist license has been expired for more than one year but less than two years, the applicant shall complete 15 contact hours of approved continuing education;

      (ii) if the Texas pharmacist license has been expired for more than two years but less than three years, the applicant shall complete 30 contact hours of approved continuing education; or

      (iii) if the Texas pharmacist license has been expired for more than three years but less than five years, the applicant shall complete 45 contact hours of approved continuing education; and

    (E) is not required to take the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination.

  (3) A temporary license issued under this section is valid for no more than six months and may be extended, if disciplinary action is pending, or upon request, as otherwise determined reasonably necessary by the executive director of the board.

  (4) A temporary license issued under this section expires within six months of issuance if the individual fails to pass the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination within six months or fails to take the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination within six months.

  (5) An individual may not serve as pharmacist-in-charge of a pharmacy with a temporary license issued under this subsection.

(c) Expedited licensing procedure. For the purpose of §55.005, Occupations Code, an applicant for a pharmacist license who is a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse and who holds a current license as a pharmacist issued by another state may complete the following expedited procedures for licensing as a pharmacist. The applicant shall:

  (1) meet the educational and age requirements specified in §283.3 of this title (relating to Educational and Age Requirements);

  (2) meet all requirements necessary in order for the board to access the criminal history record information, including submitting fingerprint information and being responsible for all associated costs;

  (3) complete the Texas and NABP applications for reciprocity. Any fraudulent statement made in the application for reciprocity is grounds for denial of the application. If such application is granted, any fraudulent statement is grounds for suspension, revocation, and/or cancellation of any license so granted by the board. The Texas application includes the following information:

    (A) name;

    (B) addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, and social security number; and

    (C) any other information requested on the application.

  (4) present to the board proof of initial licensing by examination and proof that their current license and any other license or licenses granted to the applicant by any other state have not been suspended, revoked, canceled, surrendered, or otherwise restricted for any reason;

  (5) pass the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination with a minimum grade of 75. (The passing grade may be used for the purpose of licensure by reciprocity for a period of two years from the date of passing the examination.) Should the applicant fail to achieve a minimum grade of 75 on the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination, such applicant, in order to be licensed, shall retake the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination as specified in §283.11 of this title (relating to Examination Retake Requirements) until such time as a minimum grade of 75 is achieved; and

  (6) be exempt from the application and examination fees paid to the board set forth in §283.9(a)(2)(A) and (b).

(d) License renewal. As specified in §55.003, Occupations Code, a military service member who holds a pharmacist license is entitled to two years of additional time to complete any requirements related to the renewal of the military service member's license as follows:

  (1) A military service member who fails to renew their pharmacist license in a timely manner because the individual was serving as a military service member shall submit to the board:

    (A) name, address, and license number of the pharmacist;

    (B) military identification indicating that the individual is a military service member; and

    (C) a statement requesting up to two years of additional time to complete the renewal.

  (2) A military service member specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be exempt from fees specified in §295.7(3) of this title (relating to Pharmacist License Renewal).

  (3) A military service member specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection is entitled to two additional years of time to complete the continuing education requirements specified in §295.8 of this title (relating to Continuing Education Requirements).

(e) Inactive status. The holder of a pharmacist license who is a military service member, a military veteran, or a military spouse who holds a pharmacist license and who is not engaged in the practice of pharmacy in this state may place the license on inactive status as specified in §295.9 of this title (relating to Inactive License). The inactive license holder:

  (1) shall provide documentation to include:

    (A) military identification indicating that the pharmacist is a military service member, military veteran, or military dependent, if a military spouse; and

    (B) marriage certificate, if a military spouse;

  (2) shall be exempt from the fees specified in §295.9(a)(1)(C) and §295.9(a)(2)(C) of this title;

  (3) shall not practice pharmacy in this state; and

  (4) may reactivate the license as specified in §295.9 of this title (relating to Inactive License).


Source Note: The provisions of this §283.12 adopted to be effective March 13, 2012, 37 TexReg 1705; amended to be effective December 10, 2013, 38 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective December 6, 2015, 40 TexReg 8763; amended to be effective September 11, 2016, 41 TexReg 6696; amended to be effective March 12, 2019, 44 TexReg 1317

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