State Board of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Professional FAQs

Pharmacy Technicians

Information for Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Interns

Information on Obtaining & Documenting Your 1500 Intern Hours

Q: How long do I have to complete my 1500 intern hours?

A: Applicants for a pharmacist license must complete 1500 intern hours within five years of graduating from a Board-approved school or college of pharmacy, or obtaining a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certification.

Q: How do I obtain my intern hours?

A: Intern hours may be obtained in any of the following ways:

  • Under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.
  • Under the supervision of a licensed individual whose practice overlaps with that of a pharmacist.
  • Under the supervision of a drug manufacturer.
  • One year as a licensed pharmacist if the year is completed prior to your taking the Colorado jurisprudence examination.
  • As part of equivalent military education, training, or service.

Q: Do I submit all my documentation when I apply for a pharmacist's license?

A: No. You must attest to completing these intern hours once you apply for your pharmacist license. This means you do not have to supply documentation proving your intern hours with your application.

Q: Should I keep documentation of my intern hours?

A: Yes. We may audit your application at a later date.

  • A signed letter from the approved school or college of pharmacy where you completed your internship.
  • A verification of intern hours from an out-of-state board of pharmacy. Colorado does not provide these types of verifications, but many states do.

Q: How should I document my intern hours?

A: Acceptable forms of documentation include:

A completed Intern Hours Affidavit, available at dpo.colorado.gov/Pharmacy/ApplicationsIndividuals.