Changes to Part III Examination

Changes as of June 2020

The State Education Department offer Part III pharmacy licensing exam electronically due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. 

The exam will cover the topics required by New York State regulation ("prescription compounding and pharmacy practice"), condensed into a one-day electronic format.  The prescription compounding and pharmacy practice topics include but are not limited to:

1)  Sterile and Non-Sterile compounding preparation and technique
2)  Dose calculations
3)  Medication safety procedures
4)  Dispensing accuracy
5)  New York State and Federal Pharmacy Law


Changes as of June 2016

The Pharmacy Part 3 Examinations consists of two parts: Written test that is held on the first day. and a Compounding Test held on the second day.  This is a notification of a change to the examination, the net effect being that the Written Test will be somewhat shorter, and points will be reallocated across the two parts as described below.  Each test will have a 3-hour time limit.  This change becomes effective with the January 2016 examinations. 


The Written Test on the first day will consist of:
Patient's Profile (Three): 12 points total (4 points each) 

Look-Alike & Sound-Alike Medications (8 points total)

Prescription Verification (also known as "Errors and Omissions" (20 points total) 

Candidates will be presented with a grouping of the following reproductions: a written prescription, the label and the pharmaceutical product.  From their study of each group of prescription, label and product, candidates will either confirm that the prescription has been filled correctly and may be dispensed, or will have to write a very brief but precise description of what error or omission has occurred in the filling of the prescription.

Effective January 2016:  There will be a portion of the written portion consisting of medication errors particularly focusing on medications that look-alike and sound-alike. 


The Compounding Test on the second day will consist of preparing three products and answering questions about the prescriptions:

Rx 1: Compounding a Product for Intravenous Infusion ("IV bag"): 20 points

Rx 2: Compounding a Product (suspension, capsule, ointment or other): 20 points

Rx 3: Compounding a Product (suspension, capsule, ointment or other): 20 points