According to the General Pharmaceutical Council:
“Pharmacists are responsible for:
- The quality of medicines supplied to patients
- Ensuring that the supply of medicines is within the law
- Ensuring that the medicines prescribed to patients are suitable
- Advising patients about medicines, including how to take them, what reactions may occur, and answering patients' questions.
- Supervise the medicines supply chain and ensure pharmacy premises and systems are fit for purpose
- Advise other health care professionals about safe and effective medicines use, and safe and secure supply of medicines
- Respond to patients' symptoms and advise on medicines for sale in pharmacies
- Provide services to patients, such as smoking cessation, blood pressure measurement and cholesterol management
- Supervise the production and preparation of medicines and assessments of quality of medicines before they are supplied to patients from pharmaceutical manufacturers.”
Time to degree: About six years (including two years of prerequisites and four years of pharmacy school; some programs require a bachelor’s degree, but others do not)
Clinical requirements: Internships/clinical rotations in various settings, such as hospitals and pharmacies (number of hours varies by state)
Certification requirements: Successful completion of two exams to get a license
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (suggested by Purdue University)
Tuition: On average, $25,000 per year, plus fees and living expenses (includes private and public universities)
Application deadline: December 1 for fall admission; complete PharmCAS application
Median Indiana salary: $118,200
Projected job growth: 3% by 2024
Prerequisite courses (for Purdue University):
|Human Anatomy with lab||BIOL-N 261|
|Human Physiology with lab||BIOL-N 217|
|General Chemistry I and II with lab||CHEM-C 105 & 125, CHEM-C 106 & 126|
|Organic Chemistry I and II with lab||CHEM-C 341 & 343, CHEM-C 342 & 344|
|Biological Chemistry*||BIOL-K 384|
|Biology I and II with lab||BIOL-K 101 & BIOL-K 103|
|Microbiology with lab||BIOL-K 356 & BIOL-K 357|
|Introductory Immunology**||BIOL-K 338|
|Economics||ECON-E 201 or ECON-E 202|
|Calculus I and II***||MATH 23100 or 16500, MATH 23200 or 16600|
|Speech Communication||COMM-R 110|
|Introductory Psychology or Sociology||PSY-B 110 or SOC-R 100|
|Physics with lab||PHYS-P 201|
*CHEM-C 484 or CHEM-C 384 (Biomolecules and Catab.) or CHEM 53300 (Intro Biochem) may be substituted for BIOL-K 483 or BIOL-K 383.
**BIOL 56100 (Immunology) may be substituted for BIOL-K 388 by permission.
***MATH 22100/22200 (Calc. Tech. I & II) or 16500/16600 (Analy Geom Calc I & II) may be substituted for 23100/23200.
****PSY-B 305 (Statistics), ECON-E 270 (Intro Stat Theory), SPEA-K 300 (Stat Techniques), or STAT-N 501 (Stat Meth Hlth Sci) may be substituted for STAT 30100.