What college courses in the future should I be taking to work in the medical field?
I aspire to become a pharmacist in the future and I understand that after receiving a Bachelor's Degree I must take a four-year pharmacy program in order to get my Doctor of Pharmacy, but what classes should I take to prepare myself for pharmacy school? In addition, are there any classes that are required? If so what classes are they? #pharmacy #pharmacist #health #college #medicine
Hello Andrew, Congratulations! By asking this question, you have taken the first step needed towards attaining a degree in any field. That being said, definitely check out the PharmCAS website as they have a list of pharmacy schools, and from there you can see the list of requirements per school. A variety of math and science courses are definitely part of your pre-requisites! Here is the website: http://www.pharmcas.org/school-directory/#/
Best of Luck!
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As a side note, you do not need to have a bachelor's degree to gain acceptance to many pharmacy schools. Some people go to pharmacy school with only two years of college completed. You only need to complete the pre-requisite classes and required extracurricular activities. Look at the admissions requirements for pharmacy schools you are interested in attending.
While I have not recruited specifically for Pharmacists, I have found that the best way to find out about any career is to go online and ask. There is information out there that will tell you what people do in certain careers, other sites that might describe a typical day in the role, jobsites with openings and job descriptions as well as salary ranges for the positions, etc. YouTube may have videos explaining the same. If you look at multiple sites, look for consistencies in what they say. This should help you feel more comfortable that the information you are reading is accurate.
I used Google and typed in your question. Here is what I found so far to get you started.
Hope this helps. Feel free to reach back out.
How to Become a Pharmacist
Focus on earning high grades in undergraduate prerequisite courses like general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, biology, calculus, and statistics. Applicants to Pharm.D. programs must also take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
Pharmacy School & Pharmacist Careers | How to Become a Pharmacist
Students must complete at least two years of relevant undergraduate coursework within the program, including studies in chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, advanced math and English. Once this work is completed, students take the PCAT examination to qualify for the advanced portion of the combined degree.
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