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Pharmacy

DESCRIPTION

Pharmacists educate patients about prescription and over-the-counter medications, advise other health care professionals on drug decisions for patients, provide expertise about the composition of drugs, including chemical, biological and physical properties as well as use, ensure drug purity and strength, ensure drugs do not interact in a harmful way.

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student Section
American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Student Resources
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
American Journal of Pharmacy and Health Research
American Pharmacists Association (APhA); Annual Meeting, March 27-30, 2015
American Pharmacists Association Foundation Student Scholarship Program
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); Midyear Meeting, December 7-11, 2014; Summer Meeting, June 6-10, 2015
Become a Pharmacist
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Virtual Career Fair, November 6-28, 2014
Careers in Pharmacy Article
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Admissions Chat Sessions, December 1-31, 2014
International Pharmaceutical Federation
Is Pharmacy for You?
Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Sciences
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University Events Calendar
MCPHS Doctor of Pharmacy Program for Qualified Clark Students
U. of Michigan College of Pharmacy Recruitment Events
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP); Student Section
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Resources; NCPA Foundation Scholarships
Pharmacist Career Guide
Pharmacist Career Overview
Pharmacist Career Profile
Pharmacist Career Profile Two
Pharmacist Interview
Pharmacist Occupational Outlook
Pharmacist Salaries
Pharmacy Career Information
Pharmacy Journals Online
Pharmacy Overview
Pharmacy Related Journals
Pharmacy School Admission Requirements (PSAR)
PharmacyWeek.com
PharmCatalyst Pharmacy Students and Prospective Pharmacy Students Website
Resource Guide for Careers in Pharmacy
RxSchool - Pharmacy Continuing Education
U. of South Florida College of Pharmacy Admissions Virtual Chat Sessions, November 3-28, 2014
U.S. Public Health Service Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee
U. of Washington School of Pharmacy Admissions Virtual Chat Sessions, November 3-28, 2014
Wayne State U. Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Information Meetings on Pharmacy Program (first Tuesday of every month)

DEGREE

Pharm.D.

PROGRAM LENGTH

3-4 years

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS' ORGANIZATION

AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy)
AACP Pharmacy School Locator
Pharmacy Program Ranking
PharmD Graduate School Programs
World List of Pharmacy Schools

APPLICATION SERVICE

PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service)
PharmCAS Fee Waiver (scroll down and click on "PharmCAS Fee Waiver Form")
PharmCAS and "The Truth About Dishonesty" Article
List of Participating and Non-Participating PharmCAS Institutions

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Varies by school, but usually required are General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Microbiology, Physics, Human Anatomy, Calculus, English, Social Sciences, Biochemistry.
Prerequisites

ADMISSION EXAM

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
PCAT Online Course

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCES

Integrity and adherence to rigid ethical standards; commitment to building community, to patient care, and to life-long learning to maintain competency; willingness to accept responsibility and accountability.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Three letters of recommendation as requested by schools.