Frequently Asked Questions

General Information | New York State Licensure Requirements

General Information

  1. When did Article 137-A of the Education Law, which establishes the registered pharmacy technicians profession, become effective?

    Article 137-A of the Education Law became effective April 25, 2021.

  2. Who may practice as and use the title of “registered pharmacy technician”?

    Only a person licensed to practice as a registered pharmacy technician under Article 137-A of the Education Law can practice as a registered pharmacy technician or use the title “registered pharmacy technician.”

  3. What is a scope of practice?

    A scope of practice refers to the services and activities of a profession that are limited to individuals who are licensed under the law to practice it. Article 137-A of the Education Law establishes and defines the scope of practice of registered pharmacy technicians and the requirements for licensure for this profession.

  4. What is the scope of practice of a registered pharmacy technician?

    A registered pharmacy technician may, under the direct personal supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assist such licensed pharmacist, as directed, in compounding, preparing, labeling, or dispensing of drugs used to fill valid prescriptions or medication orders or in compounding, preparing, and labeling in anticipation of a valid prescription or medication order for a patient to be served by the facility, in accordance with Article 137 of the Education Law where such tasks require no professional judgment. Such professional judgment must only be exercised by a licensed pharmacist. A registered pharmacy technician may only practice in a facility licensed in accordance with Article 28 of the Public Health Law, or a pharmacy owned and operated by such a facility, under the direct personal supervision of a licensed pharmacist employed in such a facility or pharmacy.

  5. Who is responsible for ensuring that the registered pharmacy technician has received appropriate training to ensure his or her competence?

    A facility licensed under Article 28 of the Public Health Law, or a pharmacy owned and operated by such a facility is responsible for ensuring that the registered pharmacy technician has received appropriate training to ensure his or her competence before he or she begins assisting a licensed pharmacist in compounding, preparing, labeling, or dispensing of drugs, in accordance with Articles 137-A and 137 of the Education Law.

  6. What is direct personal supervision?

    For the purposes of Article 137-A of the Education Law, direct personal supervision means supervision of procedures based on instructions given directly by a supervising licensed pharmacist who remains in the immediate area where the procedures are being performed. Procedures must be authorized by a supervising licensed pharmacist. All work performed by a registered pharmacy technician must be evaluated and approved by a supervising licensed pharmacist prior to the actual dispensing of any drug.

  7. In addition to the tasks within their scope of practice, can registered pharmacy technicians perform tasks traditionally delegated to unlicensed personnel?

    Yes. In addition to the registered pharmacy technicians scope of practice services included in Education Law §6841(1), registered pharmacy technicians, under Education Law §6841(2), may assist a licensed pharmacist in the dispensing of drugs by performing the following functions that do not require a license under Article 137-A of the Education Law:

    • receiving written or electronically transmitted prescriptions, except that in the case of electronically transmitted prescriptions the licensed pharmacist or pharmacy intern shall review the prescription to determine whether in his or her professional judgment it shall be accepted by the pharmacy, and if accepted, the licensed pharmacist or pharmacy intern must enter his or her initials into the records of the pharmacy;
    • typing prescription labels;
    • keying prescription data for entry into a computer-generated file or retrieving prescription data from the file, provided that such computer-generated file must provide for verification of all information needed to fill the prescription by a licensed pharmacist prior to the dispensing of the prescription, meaning that the licensed pharmacist must review and approve such information and enter his or her initials or other personal identifier into the recordkeeping system prior to the dispensing of the prescription or of the prescription refill;
    • getting drugs from stock and returning them to stock;
    • getting prescription files and other manual records from storage and locating prescriptions;
    • counting dosage units of drugs;
    • placing dosage units of drugs in appropriate containers;
    • affixing the prescription label to the containers;
    • preparing manual records of dispensing for the signature or initials of the licensed pharmacist; and
    • handing or delivering completed prescriptions to the patient or the person authorized to act on behalf of the patient and, in accordance with the relevant Commissioner’s Regulations, advising the patient or person authorized to act on behalf of the patient of the availability of counseling to be conducted by the licensed pharmacist or pharmacy intern.

  8. What settings are registered pharmacy technicians permitted to practice in?

    Registered pharmacy technicians are only permitted to practice in a facility licensed in accordance with Article 28 of the Public Health Law, or a pharmacy owned and operated by such a facility. In addition, registered pharmacy technicians may only practice under the direct personal supervision of a licensed pharmacist employed in such a facility or pharmacy.

  9. What types of facilities are considered Article 28 facilities under Article 28 of the New York State Public Health Law?

    Under Article 28 of the New York State Public Health Law, Article 28 facilities include: hospitals, nursing homes, and diagnostic treatment centers. Further information regarding Article 28 facilities can be found on the New York State Department of Health’s webpage at: https://health.ny.gov/facilities/hospital/regulations/

  10. If I am licensed as a registered pharmacy technician and decide to work in a setting that is not an Article 28 facility or a pharmacy owned and operated by such a facility, can I use the title registered pharmacy technician and work as a registered pharmacy technician in this setting?

    No. An individual who is licensed as a registered pharmacy technician can only practice as a registered pharmacy technician and use that title in a facility licensed in accordance with Article 28 of the Public Health Law, or a pharmacy owned and operated by such a facility.

  11. What is the maximum number of individuals that a pharmacist may supervise, in any pharmacy setting, at one time?

    A pharmacist may supervise up to a maximum of four individuals, in any pharmacy setting, at one time.

  12. What is the maximum number of registered pharmacy technicians a licensed pharmacist can supervise at once?

    Under Education Law §6841(4), a licensed pharmacist, who is employed by an Article 28 facility or a pharmacy owned and operated by such a facility, can supervise no more than two registered pharmacy technicians at one time.

  13. Are pharmacy interns included in the pharmacist supervisory ratio?

    No. Pharmacy interns are exempt from the pharmacist supervisory ratio. However, pharmacy interns must be supervised in accordance with the ratios outlined in §63.2(a)(3) of the Commissioner’s Regulations, which means that a pharmacist preceptor may not have more than one full-time pharmacy intern or more than two part-time pharmacy interns under his/her supervision at one time.

  14. How can I find out if my license has been issued?

    You can find out if your license has been issued on the Department’s online verification webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htm

  15. Is there a difference between “licensure” and “registration”?

    Yes. In New York State, upon satisfying the licensure eligibility requirements, a "license" is awarded. Licensure is for life unless suspended, revoked, or annulled for reasons of misconduct.

    In order to practice as a registered pharmacy technician in New York State and use the title “registered pharmacy technician”, a licensee must be currently "registered". Registration is for a three-year period, except for the first registration renewal after licensure, which is prorated to move licensees to month of birth renewal.

  16. How long is my registration valid?

    Registration is for a three-year period, except for the first registration renewal after licensure, which is prorated to move licensees to month of birth renewal.

  17. How can I find out when my current registration period ends?

    You can find out the end date of your current registration period on the Department’s online verification webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htm

  18. I am a Registered Pharmacy Technician; do I need to maintain my national certification for registration renewal purposes?

    While national certification is not required for registration renewal purposes, §29.1(b)(9) of the Rules of the Board of Regents requires licensees to be professionally competent in the tasks which they perform. One way by which Registered Pharmacy Technicians can help to ensure competency is by maintaining their national certification.

New York State Licensure Requirements

  1. What are the registered pharmacy technician licensure requirements?

    To be licensed as a registered pharmacy technician, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

    1. be at least 18 years of age;
    2. have received an education, including a high school graduation or its equivalent, as determined by the Department;
    3. have certification from a nationally accredited pharmacy technician certification program acceptable to the Department;
    4. be of good moral character as determined by the Department;
    5. submit a fee of $75.00 for initial licensure and $100.00 for initial registration to the Department; and
    6. file an application with the Department.

  2. Where can I locate the forms and instructions to submit my application for licensure as a registered pharmacy technician?

    Forms and application submission instructions can be located on the following webpage: NYS Registered Pharmacy Technician: Application Forms (nysed.gov)

  3. What types of education has the Department determined are equivalent to a high school graduation for licensure purposes?

    In addition to a high school diploma, the Department has determined that New York State’s four pathways to a high school equivalency diploma http://www.acces.nysed.gov/hse/high-school-equivalency-hse are the equivalent to a high school graduation for licensure purposes.

    Also, instead of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma, the Department will accept an official college transcript, which reflects the conferral of an associate’s or higher degree, or at least 30 semester credits, or the equivalent, of academic study awarded by an acceptable college or university holding the proper accreditation and/or appropriate government recognition, as determined by the Department.

  4. Which nationally accredited pharmacy technician certification programs are acceptable to the Department for licensure purposes?

    Currently, the Department will only accept certification from either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

  5. In addition to the regular licensure pathway described in FAQ 18, does Article 137-A of the Education Law have a grandparenting licensure pathway for individuals seeking to become licensed as registered pharmacy technicians?

    No. Article 137-A of Education Law does not contain a grandparenting licensure pathway for individuals seeking to become licensed as registered pharmacy technicians. Thus, all applicants for licensure as registered pharmacy technicians must meet the licensure requirements contained in Education Law §6844 and listed in FAQ 18. These licensure requirements also apply to individuals who already have PTCB or NHA certification.
Last Updated: October 8, 2021