To work in most states, pharmacists must pass the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination®, also called the MPJE® (exceptions include Arkansas, Idaho, and California) in addition to the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®). The MPJE is a pharmacy law examination created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) in the United States to help state boards of pharmacy assess applicants’ competency and knowledge of pharmacy laws and regulations. Passing the MPJE requires a thorough understanding of how pharmacy law affects practice, including state and federal laws and regulations.
The MPJE can be challenging as it utilizes legal terms, and different jurisdictions may have different terminology.
Did you know that many states use different terms for the “pharmacist-in-charge”? Some examples include supervising pharmacist, managing pharmacist, pharmacist manager, qualifying manager, and prescription department manager.
This MPJE study guide will teach you how to create an effective and efficient study plan for the MPJE exam, thereby increasing your chances of passing.
What to Study for the MPJE?
To maximize efficiency, concentrate on the topics that will be on the MPJE by reviewing the MPJE Blueprint (i.e., exam outline). The four topic areas represented on the exam include:
|Principal Topic Areas of |
the MPJE Competency Statements
|Area||Topic||% of Test|
|Area 2||Pharmacist Practice||~33%|
|Area 3||Dispensing Requirements||~24%|
|Area 4||Pharmacy Operations||~21%|
Including both state and federal law in your MPJE study plan is essential as, in many instances, jurisdictions follow federal law.
For example, some states require a biennial (i.e., every two years) controlled substance inventory, which is consistent with federal requirements, whereas other states may require more frequent inventories. The strictest law is followed if the state laws conflict with federal laws.
Using the UWorld RxPrep MPJE online course
The UWorld RxPrep MPJE study materials cover all of the content outlined in the MPJE competencies and can be used to execute your MPJE study plan. These materials include the latest UWorld RxPrep Federal Law Summary for MPJE with a fill-in-the-blank study guide (i.e., course manual), question bank (QBank), video lectures, and state-specific flashcards.
The course manual covers all of the important MPJE topics, such as controlled substances, pharmacy operations, and compounding, with illustrated charts, diagrams, tables, and thorough explanations with example scenarios to help you better understand the concepts. The course manual complements the QBank, video lectures, and state-specific flashcards for a more comprehensive study experience.
|Overview of the UWorld RxPrep MPJE Manual|
|Pharmacy Laws and Regulations||A focused review and history of relevant federal laws affecting the practice of pharmacy and their importance.|
|Pharmacy Operations|| |
Pharmacy operations includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
|Pharmacy Practice|| |
An overview of laws and regulations affecting the practice of pharmacy, including but not limited to:
|Compounding||A review of pharmacy compounding laws, regulations, and standards to maximize safety.|
|Controlled Substances|| |
A summary of the testable controlled substance laws and regulations.Most states automatically abide by or have controlled substance laws that are consistent with federal laws, but some states may differ. Some common controlled substance topics to be familiar with include:
|Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products||A summary of laws governing OTC medications, such as pseudoephedrine and dextromethorphan, codeine cough syrup, and hypodermic syringes and needles.|
the UWorld RxPrep MPJE Manual
Pharmacy Laws and Regulations
A focused review and history of relevant federal laws affecting the practice of pharmacy and their importance.
Pharmacy operations includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Requirements for operating and running a pharmacy (institutional and retail)
- Licensing requirements
- Drug storage and delivery
An overview of laws and regulations affecting the practice of pharmacy, including but not limited to:
- Differences in prescribing authority
- Pharmacy personnel scope of practice (e.g., technicians, interns)
- Requirements for valid prescriptions
- Labeling and dispensing procedures
- Counseling requirements
A summary of the testable controlled substance laws and regulations. Most states automatically abide by or have controlled substance laws that are consistent with federal laws, but some states may differ. Some common controlled substance topics to be familiar with include:
- Drug scheduling (i.e., schedule II–V)
- Prescription requirements
- Dispensing requirements
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products
A summary of laws governing OTC medications, such as pseudoephedrine and dextromethorphan, codeine cough syrup, and hypodermic syringes and needles.
While reviewing the MPJE manual, simultaneously utilize the 9-page fill-in-the-blank study guide located at the end of the manual to investigate potential federal and state law differences. Our online state-specific pre-filled flashcards are a companion to the 9-page study guide in the MPJE manual. After reviewing your state’s laws on your board’s website, you can test your knowledge by using the UWorld RxPrep state-specific flashcards. The flashcards make it easy to review and memorize your state’s most up-to-date laws.
After you have reviewed the comprehensive MPJE manual, the next step is to immerse yourself in the testing environment. Practice questions in the QBank are a great way to test your knowledge and get comfortable with MPJE-style questions on federal content. Take the timed practice exam about 2 weeks before your test date. The QBank questions directly link to the related video content required to answer the question.
Our engaging video lectures, filmed by experienced pharmacists, help simplify complex concepts. The UWorld RxPrep videos are presented in small, manageable segments for quick content review. The video library includes 76 short videos.
How to Study for the MPJE
Jurisprudence exams are challenging for multiple reasons. A vast majority of pharmacists did not go to law school, and as such, have a hard time interpreting legalese (the technical language of legal documents that is often difficult to understand).
|Shall: you have to do it|
|May: permissible, but not required|
|May not: not allowed|
Additionally, you may not have learned the laws and regulations in pharmacy school for the jurisdiction for which you wish to practice. If possible, we encourage you to seek employment as an intern or graduate intern in the jurisdiction you wish to practice in to gain real-life experience applying pharmacy laws to daily pharmacy practice.
Before your exam, you will need to put in time and effort towards your studying to be successful.
How long to study for the MPJE
Your class schedule, work schedule, and personal obligations will help you determine your study schedule and how long you will need to prepare for the exam. Everyone's situation is unique. Some test takers may be able to learn all the exam material in 1 month or even faster with a lot of practical experience in the desired jurisdiction; some may require 3 months or longer. The worst thing you can do is try to cram all the exam content a week or two before your exam. You run the risk of overwhelming yourself and not fully comprehending all of the exam topics on test day. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer for how long to study, but we recommend you give yourself an ample amount of time to study and incorporate study breaks.
Rather than relying solely on your pharmacy school courses, we recommend you study with UWorld resources, which include the MPJE QBank, manual, video lectures, and state-specific flashcards, to give yourself the best chance of passing the MPJE. It is just as important to create a solid MPJE study plan for your exam as it is to use the right materials.
How to effectively use the UWorld Rxprep study materials
When you get to a topic on your MPJE study plan, use your time efficiently by first assessing how well you know the topic. If you feel confident about your knowledge, perhaps a quick refresher of testable content in the manual is all that is needed before proceeding to the QBank for that topic. If you do not feel confident with the topic, spend more time reading the chapter and watching the corresponding video lecture before attempting the QBank.
To complete the QBank questions for a topic, create a test with questions from that chapter. Questions can be completed in tutor mode, which immediately grades each question and provides an explanation upon submission of the answer. QBanks can also be taken in “timed” mode, which mimics the timing of questions that you will see on the MPJE.
At any point in your studies, you can create integrated tests in the QBank by mixing questions from multiple chapters. Additional tools that will aid in your studies as you navigate the material, as well as how to assess your performance, are described below.
Using the UWorld RxPrep flashcard tool to help retention
Besides reviewing the pre-made state-specific flashcards, you can create your own flashcards as you progress through the UWorld RxPrep MPJE QBank by transferring written and visual content from practice questions and explanations to both sides of a new flashcard. You can also add your own notes and create custom tags for improved flashcard searchability.
Within the flashcards, our "Study" feature includes spaced repetition. Spaced repetition is a proven study technique that improves memory recall and allows you to set the frequency with which you encounter questions to help boost memory retention. Flashcards that you find difficult will appear more frequently, while those that you find easy will appear less frequently.
Review your state board of pharmacy website
Preparing for the MPJE differs from preparing for the NAPLEX, which involves a thorough review of pharmacotherapy. When studying for the MPJE, you have to rely heavily on the test prep you choose and the state board website where you are seeking licensure. State board of pharmacy websites contain state laws, regulations, policies, and often a frequently asked question (FAQ) section. The FAQ section contains the questions that are frequently posed to the board of pharmacy and often clarifies the requirements that are not easily found in state law.
Do not wait to start using a high-quality exam preparation course, like the UWorld RxPrep MPJE online course. Navigating state laws and regulations is daunting, and the UWorld RxPrep online course 9-page study guide will help you navigate and identify where individual state laws differ from federal law.
Testing your MPJE knowledge
Decide if you know a topic well by reviewing your performance
When completing the MPJE question bank:
- Review the detailed performance reports located in the “Reports” tab. The “Reports” tab provides a breakdown of all the MPJE subjects and chapters and how you performed in each one.
- Identify your areas of weakness and create additional practice tests and flashcards in those areas to improve.
- Track your progress over time to make sure you are improving. You can track your progress over time by reviewing the “Graphs” tab in the QBank.
Mastering the content you need additional help with
After you have identified your areas of weakness, there are multiple ways to go back and review those subjects and chapters.
- Create flashcards on the topics you need additional help with and review them in the “Study” tab. The flashcard feature in the QBank includes spaced repetition, which improves memory recall and helps you study smarter, not harder.
- Add content to your electronic notebook, which you can review anytime. Take advantage of the editor's functionality to customize your notes. You can bold content, italicize, underline, and much more.
- In the "Create Test" tab of the QBank, you can create a custom practice test based on your areas of weakness. In the “Question Mode” section, select “Incorrect,” and you will see how many questions you got incorrect in each subject and chapter.
- In the "Previous Tests" tab, there is an icon labeled “Analysis,” which allows you to analyze your performance on your previous tests. You can create practice tests based on the questions you missed by clicking on the blue clipboard icon next to each subject.
- You can see an overview of your performance on all MPJE subjects in the “Reports” section within the “Performance” tab. You can create practice tests based on the questions you missed by clicking on the blue note icon next to each subject.
How to create a customized MPJE Study Schedule
Preparing for a high-stakes exam requires a well-thought-out strategy and a study schedule that works for you. When creating a study schedule, consider the following tips:
- Determine your timeline
Pick a target exam date to work towards. Determine the amount of time per day you have available to study, considering your other responsibilities (e.g., work, family, school assignments).
- Always leave weekly catch-up time
It is normal to fall behind, so allowing for catch-up time will help you stay on schedule. If you cannot stick to your schedule, it is best to change your target exam date and adjust your study schedule.
- Leave the two weeks before your estimated test date open
About two weeks before your estimated test date, review topics you may have forgotten and take the UWorld RxPrep MPJE Practice Exam to identify areas that require remediation. The goal is to master all of the UWorld RxPrep material before testing.
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About the MPJE Exam
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MPJE Registration, Cost, and Eligibility
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Practice questions in the QBank are a great way to test your knowledge and get comfortable with MPJE-style questions on federal content. Take the timed practice exam about 2 weeks before your test date. The QBank questions directly link to the related video content required to answer the question.How many days do you need to study for MPJE? ›
Give yourself at least 2 weeks to study for the MPJE, and that's if you're cramming. If you're not the cramming type, we'd suggest 3 or 4 weeks (if you go much longer than that, you run the risk of forgetting the stuff you studied early on).How many questions can you miss on the MPJE? ›
You must complete at least 107 questions on the exam to receive your exam results. If you answer fewer than 107 questions, your exam result will not be reported. Those who answer at least 107 questions but fewer than 120 will incur a penalty for each unanswered question, affecting the final exam result.Is the MPJE exam hard? ›
For subsequent MPJEs, 8 hours of studying should be more than enough assuming knowledge in federal law has not completely faded away. To be fair, MPJE is a difficult exam.What percentage of people pass the MPJE? ›
NAPLEX Scores fell a little, but to see a 21% NAPLEX pass rate and a 25% MPJE pass rate at individual colleges of pharmacy should rattle Residency Program Directors a little bit, wondering if the students they've accepted in their program will be able to get licenses on their first try.How many people fail the MPJE? ›
On average, in 2021, 84% of NAPLEX test-takers passed. On average, in 2021, 80% of MPJE test-takers passed.Can you skip questions on MPJE? ›
You must answer all questions in the order in which they are presented, and you may not skip a question. You cannot go back and change answers once you have confirmed your answer choice and moved to the next question. There are no scheduled breaks for the MPJE.Which state has the hardest MPJE exam? ›
NY, NJ, Florida, and Texas are considered the hardest MPJE's to pass in the nation. Texas has the largest set of codes and statutes in the nation, and quite a bit of it is redundant and pointless.Is MPJE harder than NAPLEX? ›
The MPJE is the pharmacy law exam which most pharmacists will tell you is “harder” than the NAPLEX. It is state-specific and has 120 questions, of which only 100 are operational and count towards your total score.Is there a calculator on MPJE? ›
A calculator is not required for the MPJE, and Pearson VUE staff will not provide a scientific calculator at the testing center if requested. You may not bring a personal calculator of any kind into the testing room.
Test takers must answer at least 77 of 90 questions on the MPJE to have their score reported, and the minimum passing score is 75.How fast do you get MPJE results? ›
You will receive Pass or Fail exam results approximately 10 business days after you have taken the exam. Pass or Fail exam results are posted in your NABP e-Profile for majority of states. You will not receive a separate performance report with additional information about your exam result for Pass or Fail results.Why is the MPJE so hard? ›
Is the MPJE harder than the NAPLEX? The reason that a lot of pharmacists and pharmacy student struggle with the MPJE exam is because law is sort of a foreign concept to us. We spend so much time studying drug mechanisms, side effects, and guidelines for different diseases and we spend 1 class going over pharmacy law.What is the scaled score for MPJE? ›
The passing scaled score is 75 with the minimum score being zero and maximum 100. The exam is divided into three major sections: Pharmacy Practice- 83% Licensure, registration, certification, operational requirements- 15%What type of questions are on the MPJE? ›
|Multiple-Choice Questions||Select the one best answer.|
|Multiple-Response Questions||Select all that apply.|
|K-type Questions||Select a combination of the options; one, two, or three of the options could be correct.|
On April 30, 2021, the California Board of Pharmacy unanimously approved a recommendation to switch California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE) to Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE).Is the MPJE state specific? ›
The MPJE combines federal- and state-specific law questions to serve as the state law examination in participating jurisdictions. It is based on a nationally uniform content blueprint, with questions that are tailored to assess the pharmacy jurisprudence requirements of individual states.Should I take NAPLEX or MPJE first? ›
The Argument for Taking the NAPLEX First
Because of this reason, it does make sense to take the NAPLEX before the MPJE. Another reason for taking the NAPLEX prior to the MPJE is that you have likely just finished up clinical rotations.
The MPJE exam covers federal and state pharmacy law. The following practice test includes an assortment of review questions which focus on federal pharmacy law.What states use the MPJE? ›
The NAPLEX is made up of one linear form exam that consists of 250 multiple-choice test questions. Of these, 200 questions will be used to calculate your test score. The remaining 50 questions simply serve as experimental questions and do not affect your score.What happens if you fail NAPLEX 3 times? ›
NAPLEX retake limit: You can take the NAPLEX up to 5 times after failed attempts (if permitted by the board of pharmacy). However, after failing 3 times, there is a 1-year waiting period which starts from the first attempt date.What state has the highest demand for pharmacists? ›
Regional US Pharmacist Job Statistics
Looking at the USDL numbers on a regional basis reveals some very interesting statistics. As expected, the more populous states such as California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania have the most pharmacist jobs.
If you're a strong memorizer, I'd say pharmacy is easier than law, but if critical thinking is more your thing, then law might be easier.What happens if you fail MPJE? ›
To pass the MPJE, a person must have a score of 75 or higher. If a person fails the test three times, they must receive remedial education through an approved program. This program must include at least 30 hours of classroom instruction covering the subjects that a person answered incorrectly on the exam.What percent of people fail the NAPLEX? ›
Just looking at the California Board of Pharmacy website, they reported a pass rate of nearly 98% in 2009 while the NAPLEX 2022 pass rate was down to 84%. The national pass rate is now only 80% for the NAPLEX exam.Which calculator is best for pharmacy students? ›
|#||Scientific Calculator||My Rating|
|1.||Casio FX-991EX ClassWiz||9.5/10|
|2.||Sharp EL-W516TBSL 16-Digit Advanced||8.5/10|
|3.||Texas Instruments TI-36X Pro||8/10|
|4.||HP 35s Scientific Calculator||7/10|
Our Doctor of Pharmacy students scored above the national average for passing the NAPLEX pharmacy licensure exams. The 2022 NAPLEX pass rate was 87.0% on the first attempt. The 2022 MPJE (in-state only) pass rate for Purdue Doctor of Pharmacy students was 79.3% on the first attempt.Can you take the pre MPJE more than once? ›
Pre-MPJE can be taken once per jurisdiction, per year. Pre-FPGEE can be taken twice per year.What is a passing score on the Texas MPJE? ›
(3) take and pass the Texas Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination, more commonly known as the MultiState Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). This examination is administered by the National Association of Board's of Pharmacy (NABP). A minimum score of 75 is required.
How is the CPJE different from the MPJE? The CPJE contains questions on clinical practice in addition to laws and regulations specific to California, whereas the MPJE only focuses on the application of the laws that govern pharmacy practice in a given jurisdiction.What does a scaled score of 80 mean? ›
Obtaining a percentile rank of 80 means that whatever your raw score was, 80% of the other raw scores were below yours.What does a scaled score of 70 mean? ›
Scaled scores indicate the same level of performance, regardless of which form a candidate has received. For NCCT certification exams, the converted raw passing score is 70 on a scale of 0 to 100. This is NOT a percentage. Why use a scaled score?What does a scaled score of 120 mean? ›
101-119 – Any score above 100 (including 120) means that a child has exceeded the expected standard in the test. 100 – This is the expected standard for children (and essentially means a 'pass'). 80-99 – Any child that is awarded a scaled score of 99 or below has not met the expected standard in their KS2 SATs.Is the MPJE still adaptive? ›
Take the MPJE
The MPJE is a 2.5-hour exam composed of 120 computer-based questions. The exam uses adaptive technology to deliver selected-response questions. The exam results will be reported as pass or fail, and candidates are allowed 5 attempts per jurisdiction to pass the exam.
Yes. However, many people prefer to take the NAPLEX before the MPJE because the NAPLEX covers more material. Another reason for taking the NAPLEX first is that you likely have recently completed clinical rotations and it is easier to study when the content is fresh in your memory.What kind of questions are on the MPJE? ›
The MPJE consists of 120 questions. The majority - 83% - is on pharmacy practice, 15% is on licensure, registration, certification and operational requirements, and 3% on general regulatory requirements. The questions are multiple choice but most are k type (A only, A and B, A, B, and C, etc.....).What states use MPJE? ›