Pharmacists today are utilized for their extensive knowledge of medications in a variety of settings. They aid in distribution of drug therapy, promote correct usage of medications for disease prevention and a healthy lifestyle, and ensure safe usage of treatments. Working in a hospital or private setting and having the ability to specialize in various areas, they are effective in their knowledge of drug interactions to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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A career as a pharmacist starts with completing two years of college and taking the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Pharmacy programs range from four to six years and include classes focusing in pharmaceutics, toxicology, and pharmacology. After graduation, the North American Pharmacist Exam must be passed before a license can be obtained. Depending on the state, additional exams may be required including the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam.

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After completion of the four-year graduate course, the pharmacist will take their boards, the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), to obtain their Registered Pharmacist (RPh) license and may apply for a residency program. These residency programs are two years postgraduate and consist of generalized clinical training during year one with the second year focusing on the specific area of interest. However, pharmacy does not stop there. This degree can be combined with a Physician’s Assistant Degree, an MBA, Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy or M.S. in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs to fill specific niches within the medical field.


Consideration to schools usually requires the following:

  • Complete a B.S. or upwards of 60-70 credit hours of basic sciences such as Chemistry and Biology
    • Other required courses include: Math, English, Social Sciences and Economics
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Clinical experience

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