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Why become a pharmacist at Westminster Hospital?

Pharmacists play a key role in helping patients feel better and get well as quickly as possible. Pharmacists can be instrumental in improving the health of patients by choosing the best medicines and helping to avoid side effects. Pharmacists are generally considered the most accessible member of the healthcare team. Becoming a pharmacist at Westminster Hospital, you get to meet the patients and discuss what would help them feel better.

Job Description & Opportunities

As stated above, pharmacists do their best at getting patients to feel better. Becoming a pharmacist at Westminster Hospital, you would compound preparations, fill prescriptions, educate consumers about their medication and how to take it, and analyze how certain medications affect certain people. Also, you would help figure out ways to prevent certain diseases. Some take additional training and become certified diabetes and asthma educators as well. The heavy bio science, chem, biochem, physics, and math courses typically taken in most pharmacy programs are pretty much the same as med/dental school pre-reqs. Not to mention our pharmacists are paid very well and have great benefits.

Education Requirements & Pay

In order to become a pharmacist at Westminster Hospital, you must have at least two years of undergraduate coursework followed by four years of pharmacy school. Pharmacists must also obtain licensure to serve in the profession. Pre-pharmacy students must complete at least two years of college to be eligible for pharmacy school, though most complete 3-4 years of a bachelor's degree program. Aspiring pharmacists aren't required to pursue specific majors; however, undergraduate coursework in physics, chemistry, biology, calculus, and statistics can provide a foundation for advanced pharmacy classes. While bachelor's degrees in pharmacy were once the requirement for entry-level positions, pharmacists are now required to hold Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degrees. Pharm.D. programs take four years to complete and prepare students for the technical, scientific and patient-care aspects of the profession. Courses may include:
  • Pathophysiology
  • Toxicology
  • Disease treatments
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacy ethics and law
  • Drug absorption rates
  • Patient care
  • Medicinal chemistry

Pharmacists earn a mean annual wage of $106,630. Wages vary by industry and location with the highest paid pharmacists in consulting services earning a yearly average of $116,710.

Requirements for Application:

  • Must be of at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must have a very good use of statistics, chemistry, biology, and all other basic math.
  • Must have good communication skills.
  • Must have 6-8 years of pharmacy school training.
  • Must be dedicated and a hard worker with a flexible schedule.