How to become a pharmacist

Many students these days are pursuing a career in pharmacy. And I can’t blame them. Some advantages of becoming a pharmacist are:

1) Starting salary can range from $75,000 to $150,000 depending on location and need

2) The working hours of a pharmacist are flexible. You can work 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., work overnight, or work your regular 9-5 job.

3) You will leave with less debt compared to other health professional schools.

4) You can become a fully licensed pharmacist at age 20 and do not have to complete a residency

5) You won’t have to deal with blood

There are many other advantages to becoming a pharmacist. Above there are only a handful of them.

Now, how can you become a pharmacist?

If you are in high school and interested in pharmacy school, I recommend you take a look at some schools with 0-6 year programs. This program works this way. The high school student applies in this program. As long as students achieve the minimum grade point average (GPA) and SAT scores, they should be able to enter the program. An interview may be required at some schools, so check with each individual school. After 2 years of high grade prerequisite courses, the student continues on to pharmacy school where they complete 3 or 4 years of pharmacy school courses. Upon completion, the student can opt for a 1-year residency or can go out and practice pharmacy straight away.

The shortest 0-6 year program school is the University of the Pacific (UOP) School of Pharmacy located in Stockton, CA. They offer a program that is as short as 5 years.

Below are some schools that offer 0-6 year programs:

Albany College of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Florida A & M University, Hampton University Massachusetts – Boston, Northeastern University, Ohio Northern University, Philadelphia, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut, University of Findlay, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Rhode Island, University of Texas at Austin, University of the Pacific, and University of Pittsburgh

Now, whether you are a college student or a non-traditional student, the path to becoming a pharmacist is similar to that of a high school student. Basically, you will need to complete the pharmacy school requirements, take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT, if applicable), and apply to the pharmacy school of your choice. There are many obstacles that a student applying to pharmacy school can face. These questions include: How do I prepare to apply to pharmacy school? What should I specialize in? What extracurricular activities should I participate in? Do I need to graduate with a bachelor’s degree? Etc.

The Getting Into Pharmacy School eBook will show you how a student got into the pharmacy school of their choice within 4 months of applying.

After graduating from pharmacy school, the student is now a full-fledged pharmacist and only after becoming licensed, by taking the required exam for the state in which the student is interested in practicing, then he or she can begin to work as a pharmacist.

As a pharmacist, you must renew your license every 2 years. This licensing process requires the pharmacist to take 30 units of Continuing Education (CE) classes, either online or by enrolling in a class. Apart from this, the pharmacist can enjoy the career of him in the field of pharmacy.

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