Before You Register
Phase II Registration
Applicants who did not register to participate in the Match by February 27, 2020, may now register to participate in Phase II.
Applicants who registered in Phase I but did not match to a position do not have to re-register to participate in Phase II. The fee you paid to register in Phase I covers your participation in Phase II of the Match
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 are committed to a PGY2 position through the Early Commitment Process do not need to register for or participate in the Match.
Positions available in participating PGY2 programs that are not committed to applicants by December 18, 2019 must be offered through the matching process, and applicants interested in those positions must register for and participate in the Match.
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.
For applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match, the fee you pay to register for the Match also covers your participation in Phase II of the Match; no additional fee is required to participate in Phase II.
You must register for the Match before you can submit applications in PhORCAS to residencies that participate in the Match; therefore, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
If you intend to participate in Phase II of the Match, you should be registered before entry of Rank Order Lists for Phase II begins on March 23, 2020 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 e-mail 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 e-mail address and password you use for the Match must be made directly in the NMS Match System, not PhORCAS.