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How many years should I go to school to be a Pharmacist?

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Melissa’s Answer

Hi Ellianna!

I am a pharmacist in a retail setting and oversee many interns as they make their way through pharmacy school.
Currently, if you plan to pursue a career as a pharmacist in the United States, you need to obtain a PharmD degree from an ACPE accredited college. This typically takes 6 years, including all undergraduate, graduate, and clinical coursework. Many graduates then go on to complete specialized residencies which can take 1 to 2 additional years.
Pharmacy can be a very rewarding career if you have a passion for it. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

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Cristina’s Answer

Hi! This is a great question. It truly depends on which pharmacy school you are planning on attending. I recommend taking a look at the pre-requisites for a few schools that you want to consider in the future. Some schools require a 4-year degree (Example, BS in Biology) while others require just the pre-requisites, which may be less than 4 years. In general though, most students will complete about 3 to 4 years of college work before being accepted into pharmacy school, which is then another 4 years of school.