If you are thinking about becoming a pharmacist, you are probably wondering how to become a pharmacist. If you are just getting out of high school then you should know that you will need a strong background in chemistry, biology and math to become a pharmacist. If you are in college right now or are thinking about going back to school then I would suggest taking as many undergrad courses in the above subjects to help you along.
College of Pharmacy
In order to become a pharmacist you will need to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a college of pharmacy and pass several examinations. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree has replaced the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree which in no longer being awarded. It should be noted that a Doctor of Pharmacy or a PharmD is neither an undergraduate degree such as a BA or BS nor is it considered a graduate degree such as a MS, MBA, or PhD. The Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional degree for Pharmacists similar to the doctor of medicine, MD, for physicians or a doctor of dental, DDS for dentists.
Courses offered at colleges of pharmacy are designed to teach students about all aspects of drug therapy. In addition, students learn how to communicate with patients and other health care providers about drug information and patient care. Students also learn professional ethics, concepts of public health, and medication distribution systems management. In addition to receiving classroom instruction, students in Pharm.D. programs spend about one-forth of their time in a variety of pharmacy practice settings under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.
Become A Pharmacist
Graduates of foreign pharmacy schools may also qualify for licensure in some U.S. States and territories. These individuals must apply for certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC). Once certified, they must pass the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, and Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam. They then must pass all of the exams required by the licensing jurisdiction, such as the NAPLEX and MJPE. Applicants who graduated from programs accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) between 1993 and 2004 are exempt from FPGEC certification and examination requirements.
When choosing to become a pharmacist it know it will be a long road of schooling however, the benefits can out way the years of schooling. The field of pharmacy is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the role of the pharmacist touches every aspect of health care. Employment is expected to increase faster than most occupations, and as a result of rapid growth and the need to replace workers who leave the occupation, the job prospects should be very good. In case you were wondering, according to the latest salary surveys, the median salary for Pharmacist was over $100,000. I hoped this article helped, and good luck with your quest to become a pharmacist.