Pharmacy Degree: What to expect?

Thanks to medical advances, humans are living longer and leading more pleasurable and pain-free lives. If you want to be part of the miracle of medicine, you could start your journey with a degree in pharmacy. It’s a road that requires dedication, but the financial rewards and job satisfaction will be well worth it in the end.


Start by finding the right program for you. If you want to be a Pharmacist, you must earn a doctoral degree in pharmacy (Pharm.D.). There’s some online training available for Pharmacists, although these commonly stop at the master’s in pharmacy level. Make sure that the school you choose is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education or the National Association for Boards of Pharmacy.

Programs will lead you through your prerequisite work (two to four years), after which you can apply for the Pharm.D. program.

Your classes will focus on math, science, and the human body. As you advance, you’ll study physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, research techniques, and anatomy. You’ll also be required to perform a supervised clinical internship during your final year of school.

Next Step

Once you’ve battled the college labyrinth and earned your degree, it’s time to start the job hunt. There are many ways to specialize and stand out in the field. Alternatively, you can go into business and open your own pharmacy.

Consider focusing on geriatric or pediatric pharmaceuticals, or wear a name tag that labels you as a Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist, Nuclear Pharmacist, Oncology Pharmacist, or Consultant Pharmacist.


Becoming a Pharmacist of any type means you should be licensed to do your job. Check with your state’s licensing board for specific requirements, but expect to take a detailed exam to earn the title.

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