Before You Register
Learn About Sending Applications to Programs
Residency applications are submitted through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). PhORCAS is an ASHP-sponsored service that is separate from the Match, and administered by a different organization.
You must register for the Match before you can send any applications to residency programs that participate in the Match.
Registration for the Match does not constitute an application to any of the residency programs participating in the Match. You must still apply to any and all residency programs in which you are interested.
Special Cases for Registering
Applicants for PGY2 Positions
To participate in the Match for a position that starts training at the PGY2 level, you must have already completed a PGY1 residency, or currently be in training in a PGY1 residency program that will be completed before the start of the PGY2 residency. When you register for the Match, you will be required to indicate where and when you received your PGY1 residency training.
Applicants interested in PGY2 training who have not completed a PGY1 residency, but who have practiced at least three years as a pharmacist, are licensed to practice as a pharmacist in the United States, and believe they have postgraduate experience that may be equivalent to PGY1 training, may apply directly to ASHP for a special exemption from this requirement.
PGY1 Residents Interested in a PGY2 Residency Within the Same Organization
If you are a current PGY1 resident who is interested in continuing your training in a PGY2 residency offered by the same sponsor as your PGY1 residency, you may be able to obtain the position through the Early Commitment Process.
Applicants who accept a PGY2 position through the Early Commitment Process do not need to register for or participate in the matching process.
Positions available in participating PGY2 programs that are not committed to applicants by December 18, 2020 must be offered through the matching process, and applicants interested in those positions must register for the Match and participate in the matching process.
Graduates of a Foreign School of Pharmacy
If you are a graduate of a school of pharmacy that is not ACPE-accredited, you must be eligible for licensure in the United States in order to register for the Match.
Prior to registering for the Match, you must provide in the PhORCAS system either a copy of your license for each state in which you are licensed, or a copy of your Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Certificate (FPGEC) from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
You must pay a fee of $160 USD to register for the Match.
The registration fee is non-refundable (even if you subsequently decide to withdraw from the Match), irrevocable, and is not transferable to future Matches or other applicants.
The Match registration fee covers participation in both Phase I and Phase II of the Match. Applicants who register for Phase I but do not obtain a position in Phase I do not have to register again or pay an additional fee to participate in Phase II.
It is recommended that you register for the Match by December 31, 2020. You must be registered in order to send applications in PhORCAS, and to submit a Rank Order List and be ranked by programs in the NMS Match System.
You may register after December 31, 2020 if necessary, but it is recommended that you register in time to participate in Phase I of the Match, as pharmacy residencies must offer all their funded positions that start training in 2021 in Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, if you intend to participate in Phase I of the Match, you should be registered before entry of Rank Order Lists for Phase I begins on February 15, 2021 so that programs can rank you when they submit their Rank Order Lists.
You must register for the Match using the shared PhORCAS/Match registration portal.
You should register for the Match only once; applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match will be automatically eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match and do not need to register a second time.
After You Register
After you register for the Match, your registration information will be transmitted from PhORCAS to NMS within 24 hours. You will receive a registration confirmation email from NMS that will include a link to set your personalized login credentials for the online NMS Match System.
The NMS Match System and PhORCAS are separate systems, and you have separate login credentials for each system.
- PhORCAS is used to register for the Match and maintain your profile information. Updates to your profile information (i.e., your name, mailing address, phone number(s), month and day of birth, pharmacy school of graduation, graduation date, most advanced degree, and PGY1 information) must be made in PhORCAS, and that information will be transmitted to the NMS Match System within 24 hours.
- The NMS Match System is used to submit your rankings and obtain your Match result. Updates to the email address and password you use for the Match must be made directly in the NMS Match System, not PhORCAS.