Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and health care practitioners and provide information to patients about medications.  They must understand the use and effects of medications. They work in a variety of settings including hospitals, drugstores, long-term care facilities and health clinics. They work directly with the public to provide counseling about  possible drug interactions, dosage, andPre-Pharmacy instructions for taking medication.

To become a pharmacist, students complete at least two years required courses including

  • Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry  and
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics

Students must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and then apply to a PharmD degree program.  The American Association of College of Pharmacy (AACP) maintains a list of PharmD Program admissions requirements.  PharmD programs are typically for years.  Some areas of pharmacy require a one to two year residency after graduation. Students must also take a licensing exam according to the state where they plan to practice.