Pharmacists (PharmD) dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about their use. They require a broad knowledge of the manufacture and distribution of drugs; their uses, strengths, doses, side effects, interactions and potential harmful qualities. Pharmacists work in a variety of occupational settings including:
- Ambulatory Care
- Federal - Armed Services or Public Health
- Hospital and Institutional
- Managed Care
- Pharmaceutical Sciences / Industry
A pharmacy degree requires four years of study. The first two years usually cover the basic sciences; the last two years cover pharmacy theory and practice. Upon completion of study, including an internship under a licensed pharmacist, students are awarded the degree of Pharm.D. and must pass a licensing exam to practice pharmacy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
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