Shortened application times will put Pharmacist grads to work

DENVER (April 15, 2016) - Getting a license just got easier for aspiring pharmacists in Colorado.  The Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) announced today a suite of improvements to streamline the application process for pharmacists.  

The new process includes “direct testing”, allowing graduates to schedule and take the licensing exam without waiting on prior approval from DPO.  Additionally, a new online application launched by DPO this month provides a more user-friendly and intuitive pathway, replacing the cumbersome paper applications. 

“We asked Colorado employers about our licensing process and learned that pharmacy applications needed to be addressed,” said Joe Neguse, DORA Executive Director.  “Unnecessary licensing delays should never impede a graduate seeking employment.”

The changes for pharmacy applicants are part of the broader initiative in DORA’s Division of Professions and Occupations to use customer input to design a professional licensing system that is easier and faster for applicants, accelerating the transition from graduation to employment.   

“These changes respond directly to important feedback from our stakeholders and will reduce license processing times while making the application process more intuitive and customer friendly,” said Mike Skorupka, the Division’s Deputy Director for Management.  “The gains for pharmacy are just part of our licensing initiative that leverages ‘Lean’ efficiency principles to design a business process that better meets the needs of Colorado employers.” 

These changes come just in time for Spring graduations when many students apply for a professional license.  The Division is re-directing staffing resources in preparation for the increased number of applications from May to June.  The Division handles about 40,000 professional license applications each year.