Pharmacists (PharmD) serve as the healthcare team medication experts who counsel patients on their medication use, monitor patient health and progress, and provide recommendations for optimal medication regimens to prescribers. They require a broad knowledge of the manufacture and distribution of drugs; their composition, 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.
Sources for Knowledge of the Field:
- American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
- Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
- Pharmacy is Right for Me
Learn more about pre-requisite course requirements, advanced placement credit options, extracurricular opportunities, and more!
The review process includes many factors involving academics, career exploration and clinical experience, life experience, aptitude tests, letters of evaluation, personal statements, and more.
- Application Process for Pharmacy
- Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
- Selecting Schools
- Letters of Evaluation (LOEs)
- Personal Statement
- Interview Preparation
- UVA Statistics for Pharmacy School Applicants
If you're planning on applying to pharmacy school, it is best to start early - it will increase your odds of being admitted. Find out key deadlines for school applications and view a sample application timeline to keep you on track.