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Background Check Information for New Pharmacists

Minnesota law and Board policy requires that all first-time applicants for pharmacist licensure in the state of Minnesota complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. See Minnesota Statute § 214.075.

Processing time for a criminal background check is two to three weeks. Additional time may be required if further investigations have to be conducted. It is recommended that graduates apply one month prior to graduation to allow time for processing.

Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

In 2017 Minnesota legislators implemented a program to promote public health and welfare by detecting diversion, abuse and misuse of prescriptions for controlled substances as defined in Minnesota Statutes Section 152.126. This law requires all Minnesota pharmacists practicing within the state, to register and maintain a user account with the PMP. Visit for more information on how to comply with this law once you are licensed as a pharmacist.

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