Pre-Pharmacy Preparation

Pharmacists fill medications doctors prescribe to patients. They also provide expert advice and answer questions about prescription instructions and safety. Pharmacists may also conduct health screenings, provide immunizations, and oversee and monitor patient medication profiles. 

Pharmacists work in community settings like retail chain pharmacies, and in clinical settings, like hospitals and doctor’s offices. They also work in consulting for medication use or for pharmaceutical companies in sales, marketing, and research.

How to Apply

Pharmacists must obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and be licensed in order to practice. Pharmacy schools are highly competitive. Most require at least two years of undergraduate study in order to apply; some programs require a bachelor’s degree. Pharmacy school typically takes four years to complete. Some students go on to complete a one-to-two- year residency with additional training in a specialty area.