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Can I major in health sciences to be a pharmacist at a hospital?

I'm looking to obtain a bachelor's degree in health sciences to go into pharmacy school. Would majoring in health sciences be the best option?
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Samir’s Answer

First of all, it's awesome that you are considering going into pharmacy -- it's a great profession and offers tremendous flexibility as to where you can work. I think health sciences is a good major for pharmacy school, but as others have said, you should make sure to take the prerequisite biology and chemistry classes in undergrad as you will need many of these to get into pharmacy school. In addition, while not as common as it used to be, there still are some schools that allow you into pharmacy school straight away so may be good to look at those.

Good luck!
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Jennifer’s Answer

In my opinion, Chemistry or Biology would be a better bet. Several pharmacist programs can be completed concurrently while working towards your bachelor's. It would be beneficial to reach out to some of those programs directly. Good luck!
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Emesha’s Answer

Hi Sarah, this is a great question! Biology is one of the most common pre-majors, however, you can also consider majors like biochemistry, psychology or environmental science. Best of luck to you, check out the articles below for more information.

https://study.com/articles/What_Should_Aspiring_Pharmacists_Major_In.html

https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/pharmacist/

https://study.com/articles/Pharmacist_Educational_Requirements_and_Career_Summary.html
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Krystyna’s Answer

I believe Health Sciences is a solid choice for admission to pharmacy school, just remember that during the interview process there will be a lot of questions asking about your experiences. If you can get some patient experience through working at a pharmacy or volunteering that will be very helpful for your interview as well as throughout your learning. If your school has a pre-pharmacy club they have a ton of great resources!
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Eunice’s Answer

It's a good choice. I would also suggest prior to making up your mind to a degree in health science, take some time to look more in-depth to the course structure as pharmacy requires lots of biology, chemistry and basic mathemathics knowledge to cope with. Especially if you want to pursue a career in hospital, having a solid mathematical background can support you through a lot of dosage calculations. Hope that gives you a little picture of which major to choose.

All the best :D
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Dana’s Answer

A qualified yes. If you plan on going to pharmacy school check with the admissions dept. at the pharmacy school(s) in which you might be interested. My recommendation is to obtain as vast a general education that you can in pre-pharmacy. Having a solid education in humanities, art, history will help balance your life as a pharmacist and you will be much more fun at parties.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Sarah!

A degree in Health Science would be a great option, but I encourage you to reach out to pharmacy schools you plan to apply and verify with their advisor that the pre-requisites meet the requirements for admission. The pharmacy school I attended did not require a Bachelor's Degree at the time I applied in 2014, however, I was able to obtain the Bachelor of Health Science halfway through pharmacy school once I met the necessary credits and requirements.
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