What is the best option in pursuing a career in pharmacy? Should I complete the coursework in 2 years and then apply to pharmacy school, or should I get a bachelor's degree first?
Personally I did 2 years of coursework, got associate degree and completed prepharamcy courses for multiple pharmacy schools. I had to maintain my GPA close to perfect and include lot of pharmacy related work experience/volunteeer work/extra curricular activity to get in the pharmacy school. Also having a great PCAT score will also help.
I would suggest you to get a bachelors if possible, there two benefits to have that:
1. You will be preferred candidate when applying to a pharmacy school
2. Having bachelors will allow you to pursue additional degree post pharmacy school, such as a JD or MBA or MPH degrees.
Hope this helps.