Pharmacy Schools – How to Choose the Best One

When choosing a pharmacy school, there are four things you must consider: accreditation, specialized programs, faculty and ranking.  Pharmacy schools are usually part of a university and referred to as the Faculty of Pharmacy.  As a pharmacist, you can work in research laboratories for pharmaceutical companies, run your own pharmacy, work for a hospital or healthcare facility, or teach in colleges or universities.

Pharmacists who graduate from college today are required to have a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree, or PharmD.  You can start a four-year pharmacy program after completing two years of undergrad coursework.  You must also earn a passing score on the PCAT or Pharmacy College Admission Test. You pre-pharmacy education must include chemistry, physics, anatomy, biology and physiology.  One can graduate with a PharmD degree in about 6 years.

In choosing a pharmacist school, make sure the school is accredited.  Accreditation is done by an independent third party.  Only courses from an accredited school are accepted by the professional licensing boards for pharmacists.  These courses can also be transferred to other post-secondary educational institutions.  In addition, accredited schools can offer government student aid programs to their students.

Study the qualifications of the course instructors and faculty carefully.  Look for academic credentials and work experience.  Most course instructors in pharmacy are specialists in biology or chemistry and conduct research work in related fields.

You can also gain additional benefits from pharmacist schools that offer specialized programs in sub-areas of pharmacy such as pharmacology, biochemistry, synthetic chemistry and homeopathy.  Aside from the educational benefits of these programs, you will also be able to connect with people in other fields.

Consider the reputation of the school when deciding on the best pharmacist school.  Talk to former graduates of the school and inquire about the quality of education they received from the school.  Determine if they found their education relevant and whether they would recommend the school.

The competition to get into a pharmacy education program is very tough, with the best schools requiring letters of recommendation and an essay.   Students who are admitted into the program must study a wide variety of courses including drug therapy and patient interactions.  The pharmacist today is no longer a mere pill counter but someone who maintains a significant role in the patient’s treatment process.  Look for a pharmacist school that offers materials on patient contact.  This is a skill that potential employers will look for when you graduate and start looking for a job.

Comments

  1. How can I apply as an International student?

  2. SARPONG TUFFOUR REJOICE says:

    THAT’S GREAT ADVICE. PERSONALLY I AM STILL IN SCHOOL PURSUING A PHARM D PROGRAM IN GHANA(AFRICA) HOPE TO COMPLETE SOON AND JOIN THE GREAT PROFESSIONALS ON BOARD.

  3. Margaret Iiyambo says:

    Its nice and i’m interested in becoming a Pharmasist one day

  4. NYUYDZE STANLEY B. says:

    I WISH TO APPLY AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT?

  5. S.M.ZAMSHEAD ALAM says:

    In globalisation all the door should be opened for all students(without any test examination.)