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What are requirements that need to be met within education in order to become a pharmacist? (College, School, Medical School)

Hello, My name is Ray. I'm currently in high school conducting an interview with individuals within a certain career path. The career path that I have chosen is the career of Pharmacists. I want to get better insight on what the career entails. In order to gain the insight, I am going to ask a plethora of questions towards the career of Pharmacists.

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Michael’s Answer

You need to go to a college or university with a pharmacy degree program. It is a 7 year program at most schools and you will have a doctor of pharmacy degree. PharmD.
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Clint’s Answer

Hi Ray,

Great questions regarding a major or career pathway that does not get discussed as frequently as others, and often can lead to a completely different career than planned upon. Through my experience as a guidance counselor for 8 years, different discussions and developing connections with professionals in & out of the field, as well as working with a career exploration platform for 7-12K students; the more honed and true input I can provide is provide your self with an trustworthy individual & a set routine for assessing the reasons for pursuing such a profession as well as the level to which your awareness of being a pharmacist in entirety. Simply put; make sure you are consistent & aware of what you are striving to achieve and why.

The other components would be to gain some level of understanding for what part of the country you aim to be employed in and the different formats/styles for obtaining and receiving your education. You are the one making the investment both financially and with your time/effort. Often times different trends or universities will provide programs attached to their undergrad offerings that will quicken the process, as well as supply internship & professional connections in the field. You do need a Professional/Doctorate degree, yet frequently these can be achieved in 5 years (I believe U. Kentucky provides a quality 5-year program). Additionally, considering European degrees to which many are ranked or rated stronger than many U.S. programs.

Lastly, do ask and seek to understand in detail the different requirements that are supplementary to the academic credit hours required as well as an undergraduate programs ability for their alum to be accepted into a PhD. program upon graduation. Having the alignment of an undergraduate program being provided by the same school as where you will complete your Phyd. supplies consistency & understanding for the exact requirements.

Also; make sure you talk with Guidance Counselor as well as apply to a few different undergraduate schools. More than likely, a strong STEM/Science background & test-taking ability provide the characteristics required to be successful. Lastly; there are often times individuals who complete pharmacy school that are recruited for positions in the pharmaceutical industry perhaps do to outgoing personalities or a preference for different style of work.

I hope this helps!

Clint
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