Career Options - Pharmacy

With abundant opportunities in the healthcare field, pharmacists can be found in hospitals, drugstores, health insurance companies, public health clinics, colleges and universities as well as government agencies.  They are primarily responsible for dispensing drugs prescribed by physicians, as well as educating patients about the uses and side effects that can occur from medication. Pharmacists also work closely with physicians in selecting appropriate dosages and drug interactions.

In order to become a pharmacist, a student must attend and complete an accredited 4 year Doctor of Pharmacy professional program. While a student does not have to major in the sciences in order to apply to Pharmacy school, each program has prerequisites which must be completed before applying. Typical prerequisites include: Calculus, 2 semesters of Biology, 2 semesters of Chemistry, 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry, Physics, and perhaps a Social Sciences class.  The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy provides course requirements for every program in the United States. To access this information, please click on the following link:

http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/admissions/Pages/PSAR.aspx

Currently, over 65% of colleges require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) upon applying to professional school. For more information please visit the Test Information section of our website or click here.

For more information about Doctor of Pharmacy programs please visit www.aacp.org or www.pharmcas.org