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Pharmacist Clinician Certification

Take classes that can help you become a pharmacist clinician – an advanced practice pharmacist – while you earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Get advanced pharmacy practice experience at The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque.

History of Pharmacist Clinician Certification

New Mexico developed the pharmacist clinician role to address a shortage of primary care providers in a geographically large, rural state. The UNM College of Pharmacy supported legislation that, in 1993, made New Mexico the first state to let specially trained pharmacists provide primary and specialty care and prescribe medications, including controlled substances, for acute and chronic medical conditions.  Today, about 250 of the state's 1,800 pharmacists are pharmacist clinicians.

What's a Pharmacist Clinician?

Pharmacist clinicians collaborate with physicians to provide certain primary care and specialty care services, including prescribing medications, performing physical exams and ordering lab tests.

Become a Pharmacist Clinician

After earning licensure as a New Mexico pharmacist, you must do the following to apply for certification and registration as a pharmacist clinician:

  • Complete a 60 hours physical assessment course approved by the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy (UNM PharmD students can take this course in their fourth year).
  •  Complete a 150-hour, 300-patient-contact preceptorship supervised by a physician or other practitioner with prescriptive authority.

To take the physical assessment course through the New Mexico Pharmacists Association oro add your name to the course waitlist, contact Julie Weston, association administrator, at 505-265-8729800-464-8729 or

New Mexico Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority

Even if you don't become a pharmacist clinician, you'll have more authority to prescribe medications and give vaccinations as a pharmacist in New Mexico than in most other states. You can earn certification to:

All UNM College of Pharmacy PharmD graduates receive the necessary training for all New Mexico Prescriptive authorities as a part of their curriculum.