A Look into Becoming a Pharmacist
Created by Dakota Anderson
What is a Pharmacist?
When working towards your Pharmaceutical Degree program, you have two options. Your first option is to take two years of laboratory science preparation. This is a "non-degree" option to achieve a Bachelor's Degree. This means you can get college credits, without being enrolled at that university. With this option, you have to take other courses called pathways to fill in the two years time-span.
The other option is to achieve a Bachelor's Degree in Laboratory Science. This option is more common in students because of its pliability. It allows students to explore other options besides science or pharmaceutical practices. It also allows an extended time period to learn the material of the PCAT.
If you were willing to take an extra step in becoming a pharmacist, I would recommend you to learn another language. Being able to communicate with a diversity of people make you more desirable to businesses. These businesses need more workers who can assist an array of people.
Exams That Must Be Taken
What are You Learning in These Years?
In the first year of college as a student becoming a pharmacist, you learn the basics. You learn about Pharmacy Law and the ethnics of pharmacy. You learn how to work with Physicians and Doctors, while also being able to counsel patients. You also learn how to read prescription labels, use dosage forms, learn pharmacy calculations.
In your second and third year, you add onto the knowledge you accumulated in year one. This includes pharmacotherapy, health management, and beginning clinical rotations. In your second and third years, you also begin deciding on where you would like to work after graduation. For example, you have to chose whether you want to work in a drug store, hospital, or a care facility.
In your final year- year four, you begin practical experience, like clinical rotations, to put your new knowledge to use. You complete seven to ten rotations, which last four to six weeks. You also learn how to interact with patients and give medicine recommendations to Physicians.