How to become a pharmacist in Korea

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Guideline to the National Pharmacy Board Exam

In Korea, approximately 1,200 individuals pass the Pharmacy Board Exam at 20 colleges of pharmacy every year. These students have been educated through departments (faculties) of pharmacy (such as pharmacy, pharmaceutics and preventive pharmacy) at each of the colleges.

Eligibility
A person who fulfills the qualifications required to take the National Pharmacy Board Exam, in accordance with Article 3-2 of the Pharmacist Act
  • A person who has graduated from a College of Pharmacy major with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
  • A person who has graduated with a pharmacy major from a foreign college approved by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, and who has obtained a pharmacist license in a foreign country
Restrictions
Under Article 4-1 of the Pharmacist Act, anyone who corresponds to any of the following cannot take the National Pharmacy Board Exam
  • A person with a mental illness
  • A person who has been legally declared incompetent or of limited competency, or who has filed for bankruptcy and has not been reinstated
  • A person who is addicted to drugs or other harmful substances
Subjects of the National Pharmacy Board Exam :
Total of 12 Subjects : Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Pharmaceutics, Korean Pharmacopoeia, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Preventive Chemistry, Microbiology, Organic Pharmaceutical Synthetic Chemistry, Inorganic Pharmaceutical Synthetic Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Regulations on Pharmacists and Management of Controlled Drugs
National Pharmacist Exam of six-year programs at colleges of pharmacy
Total of 12 Subjects : Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Pharmaceutics, Korean Pharmacopoeia, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Preventive Chemistry, Microbiology, Organic Pharmaceutical Synthetic Chemistry, Inorganic Pharmaceutical Synthetic Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Regulations on Pharmacists and Management of Controlled Drugs

Other Inquiries Relating to the National Pharmacy Board Exam and License Issues

Information on prerequisite courses and schedules relating to PEET are available on the website of the Korean Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (http://kpeet.or.kr) and of each individual college of pharmacy (go to the page of Colleges of Pharmacy in Korea)

Exams relating to the pharmacist license are supervised by the National Health Personnel Licensing Examination

Board, and the management of license registration (such as license issues and reissues) is processed by the Operation Support Team under the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs.

Inquiries regarding the National Pharmacy Board Exam
  • Examination Division, National Health Personnel Licensing Examination Board
  • Telephone : 02-476-2333
  • Homepage : www.kuksiwon.or.kr
Inquiries regarding registration management, such as license issuance and reissuance
  • Operation Support Team, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs
  • Telephone : 02-2110-6085,6088~92
  • Homepage : www.mohw.go.kr