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What do I major in to be a pharmacist in a hospital?


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Rebecca’s Answer

You will need to major in pharmacy. Usually this means applying to a college with an accredited "PharmD" program (in six-eight years you earn a doctorate in pharmacy). See https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-become-a-pharmacist-526109. This online article provides you with helpful information.

Pharmacy majors are difficult to get into and require an application, often when you apply to the college or university. You will need high SAT scores and excellent High School grades. Some students start in a general degree program and transfer into the Pharmacy program. In that case, you need to talk to an advisor or dean in the School of Pharmacy at your institute. You need to ask what courses you will need to take. You will also need to find out what the GPA requirements are.

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Research universities with accredited pharmacy programs. See Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Find out whether you need to apply directly to the pharmacy program at your chosen school.
Contact Admissions. Ask them what the requirements are for the program in Pharmacy.
Determine whether you meet those requirements and if Pharmacy is the right degree for you.

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Rebecca’s Answer

You will need to major in pharmacy. Usually this means applying to a college with an accredited "PharmD" program (in six-eight years you earn a doctorate in pharmacy). See https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-become-a-pharmacist-526109. This online article provides you with helpful information.

Pharmacy majors are difficult to get into and require an application, often when you apply to the college or university. You will need high SAT scores and excellent High School grades. Some students start in a general degree program and transfer into the Pharmacy program. In that case, you need to talk to an advisor or dean in the School of Pharmacy at your institute. You need to ask what courses you will need to take. You will also need to find out what the GPA requirements are.

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Research universities with accredited pharmacy programs. See Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Find out whether you need to apply directly to the pharmacy program at your chosen school.
Contact Admissions. Ask them what the requirements are for the program in Pharmacy.
Determine whether you meet those requirements and if Pharmacy is the right degree for you.

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Gilbert’s Answer

In order to become a hospital pharmacist, one has to become a licensed pharmacist first. So the standard pre-requisite course work for attending pharmacy school.

However, as a director of pharmacy in a hospital, I often look for candidates who major in subjects other than live science. Majors like Mathematics, Engineering, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, etc. are all applicable and appreciated in modern healthcare settings.

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Marybeth’s Answer

Pharmacy programs are rigorous and usually 6 year programs and there are excellent ones thought out the United States. You will be studying pharmacy and all the science and math and statistics that comes with it. You usually have internships or practical rotations in clinical settings at some point late in the program. Check for Top 40 Pharmacy Programs (Google it) and that should get you started as well as U. S.News & World Reports top pharmacy programs. Best of luck!

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Parixit’s Answer

To get job in the hospital, you don't need any additional degree beside pharm.d. However residency will put you in a better spot.

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Krystyna’s Answer

One other option that might be available is a 4-year college in your area that partners with a Pharmacy School. There are some programs that allow you to complete the first 2 years of prerequisites at the 4-year college, and when you finish 2 years in pharmacy school you earn your bachelors - then just 2 more years to your PharmD!

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