Flexibility as a Pharmacist
With you work as a pharmacist, you are able to work flexible work schedules. You can utilize “panama” shifts or work seven days on and then seven days off. If you have a family, you can create a schedule which works only in the evenings or you can work the usual nine to five job. The debt accrued for education to become a pharmacist is lower than other health professional schools. You do not have to complete a residency like so many other health professions which means you can be a fully license pharmacist in your early twenties.
The programs to become a pharmacist are unique. You apply when you are in high school, generally. You must have achieved a minimum grade point average as well as SAT score like any other college or vocational acceptance program. Some schools require an interview while others do not. The programs are generally around six years in length. They begin with two years of pre-requisite course work which must be completed with high marks. After that, the students proceed to pharmacy school. The pharmacy school coursework lasts either three or four years. After this is completed, then students can opt into one year of residency or they can begin practice immediately.
Locations of Programs
Some of the shortest programs offered in the United States are part of the University of the Pacific’s School of Pharmacy. This university is located in Stockton, CA and has a program to become a pharmacist which only lasts five years. Other schools include Albany College of Pharmacy, St. John's University, University of Connecticut, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island, University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University, Florida A & M University, Philadelphia, Hampton University Massachusetts - Boston, Rutgers University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Pittsburgh, University of the Pacific and University of Missouri at Kansas City.
If you are not a high school student anymore, but you want to become a pharmacist, then you need to complete the same school requirements. After completion you must take and pass the Pharmacy College Admissions Test if appropriate and then apply to your school of choice. You must graduate from pharmacy school before you can take the state tests required to practice. Once you pass those, you are a licensed professional able to practice in the state whose test you passed. Once you become a pharmacist, you are required to renew your license every two years to ensure that you maintain a continual education.
To become a pharmacist, you must attend a pharmacy school, the process of which takes nearly six years. The first two years are directed toward basic academic requirements and then the next three to four encompass detailed information. Once this is done, you must graduate and take a state exam. After you pass the state exam you are well on your way to becoming a pharmacist.