MPJE® Competency Statements
Your Guide To The Exam Blueprint

The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE®) is a pharmacy law exam developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) to help individual state boards of pharmacy assess candidates’ competency and knowledge of pharmacy law. The MPJE Competency Statements provide an outline (i.e., MPJE blueprint) detailing the topics tested.

MPJE Competency Statements

The MPJE Competency Statements describe the knowledge and skills you will need to apply to questions on your exam. This blueprint is broken down into three areas: Area 1 (83%), Area 2 (15%), and Area 3 (2%).

Pie chart depicting the MPJE blueprint.

Area 1: Pharmacy Practice

This section of the MPJE blueprint represents the largest portion of the exam (83%) and covers topics that regulate daily pharmacy practice. Specifically, you will need to be familiar with federal and state laws that outline the responsibilities of pharmacy personnel (e.g., pharmacists, interns, technicians) and define their scope of practice.

It is important to know what the law dictates regarding dispensing controlled and non-controlled medications, including requirements for record keeping, prescriptions, and procedures for packaging and labeling. There are also laws regarding patient counseling of medications and protecting patient confidentiality. Finally, some medications are hazardous or have the potential for abuse (e.g., pseudoephedrine) and are governed by specific laws and rules.

This area of the MPJE competency statements is further broken down into the following items:

  • Fundamental responsibilities and qualifications of pharmacy staff
  • Scopes of practice
  • Personnel ratios
  • Prescription and order requirements (human and veterinary), including controlled substances
  • Formatting prescriptions (written, tamper-resistant, telephone, facsimile, electronic)
  • Prescriber scope of practice and registration
  • Methadone and office-based opioid treatment programs
  • Internet prescription limitations
  • Pharmacist prescriptive authority, collaborative practice, and patient management
  • Determining prescription validity, including appropriate medical use and valid patient prescriber relationship
  • Corresponding responsibility
  • Prescription transfers
  • When a prescription may be filled or refilled, including emergency fills and partial filling of controlled substances
  • Death with dignity, medical marijuana, and conscience clauses, if applicable
  • Prospective drug review
  • Product selection, including generic substitution and therapeutic interchange
  • Auxiliary labels
  • Labeling, including patient package inserts, medication guides, and written drug information
  • Packaging, including child-resistant packaging
  • Adulteration, misbranding
  • Compounding, including environmental testing, beyond-use dates, staff training
  • Emergency kits, including the supplying, maintenance, access, security, and inventory
  • When drugs, products, or devices can be returned or reused, including donations to a charitable program
  • Procedures and processes for nonpharmacists to acquire drugs and devices
  • Procedures and requirements for central processing, central fill pharmacies, and remote order verification
  • Requirements for reporting to, accessing, and maintenance of the prescription monitoring program
  • Requirements when informed consent is required, including for collaborative practices and investigational drug studies
  • Packaging, repackaging, and labeling requirements for nonprescription drugs and devices
  • Distribution and dispensing of poisons, pseudoephedrine, dextromethorphan, emergency contraceptives, and behind-the-counter products
  • Controlled substance inventory requirements
  • Maintenance, storage, and reporting, including filing systems, computer systems (and backups), and prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Confidentiality requirements, including HIPAA and conditions for access
  • Disposal of hazardous materials
  • Hazardous material training, including reverse distributors, quarantine procedures, and Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Proper storage and handling of hazardous materials, such as ventilation, personal protective equipment, work practices, and reporting
  • Methods for compounding, dispensing, and administering sterile and non-sterile hazardous materials

Area 2: Licensure, Registration, Certification, and Operational Requirements

Area 2 of the MPJE Competency Statements represents 15% of the exam and covers the licensure of pharmacy personnel, disciplinary actions, recovery programs, licensure and registration of pharmacies, and physical space requirements.

This area of the MPJE competency statements is further broken down into the following items:

  • Special or restricted licenses (e.g., preceptors, controlled substances, consultants, nuclear) for pharmacists, pharmacy interns, pharmacy technicians
  • Quality assurance programs, including peer review and error reporting
  • Changing dosages and therapeutic substitution
  • Public health reporting, including potential terrorist events, physical abuse, and tuberculosis treatment
  • Issues of conscience
  • Maintaining competency
  • Classifications and processes of disciplinary actions that can be taken against a registered, licensed, certified, or permitted individual
  • Requirements for reporting to and participating in programs addressing impairment caused by alcohol use, drugs, chemical, or mental, physical, or psychological conditions
  • Registration, licensing, and certification for businesses or practice setting (e.g., in-state pharmacy, out-of-state pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, internet pharmacy)
  • Inspection requirements for a licensed, registered, certified, or permitted practice setting
  • Renewal or reinstatement of a license, registration, certificate, or permit of a practice setting
  • Disciplinary actions that can be taken against a registered, licensed, certified, or permitted practice setting
  • Space, equipment, advertising and signage, security (including temporary absences of the pharmacist), policies and procedures, libraries, references (including veterinary)
  • Displaying of licenses
  • Handling, storage, and possession of drugs, including investigational new drugs, repackaged or resold drugs, samples, recalls, and expired drugs
  • Identification of the person accepting a drug delivery
  • Use of mail, contracted delivery, couriers, and pharmacy employees to deliver drugs
  • Use of kiosks, secure mail boxes, script centers, drive-up windows, vacuum tubes

Area 3: General Regulatory Processes

This area of the MPJE competency statements represents the smallest portion of the exam (2%) and tests on the drug approval process, regulatory processes, as well as the application of key federal laws and regulations affecting pharmacy practice.

  • Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act(s) and Regulations
  • Controlled Substances Act(s) and Regulations
  • OBRA 90’s Title IV Requirements
  • Practice Acts and Rules
  • Other statutes and regulations, including but not limited to dispensing methadone, child-resistant packaging, tamper-resistant packaging, drug paraphernalia, drug samples, pharmacist responsibilities in Medicare-certified skilled -nursing facilities, NDC numbers, and schedules of controlled substances

How to Pass the MPJE Exam Using the Blueprint and UWorld RxPrep

The MPJE blueprint can help you plan your exam preparation, make your own study schedule, and prepare yourself so that there are no surprises on exam day. Plan one section at a time, as opposed to all three content areas at once. This will help you concentrate your study efforts. You should also change your schedule as you hone in on your study habits. Our recommendation would be to prepare for difficult topics first, as it is a time-intensive process.

You can save a lot of time by focusing on the MPJE Competency Statements in accordance with the score weightage and representative tasks laid out in the blueprints. Give importance to studying topics that carry more weight. This in turn, will enable you to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to each topic.

Having said that, you should also remember that you cannot solely rely on the MPJE competency statements. Studying with a strong, comprehensive review course is key to successfully passing the MPJE. The UWorld RxPrep MPJE Online Course covers all the important topics on the blueprint and emphasizes areas where state laws tend to be more strict than federal law. Did you know that at the end of the course manual, there is a 9-page fill-in-the-blank study guide based on the MPJE Competency Statements? You can also use the 110+ UWorld RxPrep state-specific online flashcards to test your knowledge of state laws.

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