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Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection of dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use; clinical effects; and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties.Printable Pre-Pharmacy Information Sheet
Definition taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
Web Site: stats.bls.gov
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is a 2+4 program. Students complete 2 years of prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university and then apply for admission to a professional school to complete 4 years of professional coursework that includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. Admission to professional schools is competitive and is not guaranteed by the University of Maryland (UM). In 1992 most of the colleges of pharmacy in the United States agreed that the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree would be the recognized professional degree in pharmacy. Since that time, Bachelor's of Science degrees in Pharmacy have been eliminated.
It is important to gain exposure to the field of Pharmacy prior to committing to this profession. One of the best ways of doing so is becoming a Pharmacy Technician. In order to do so, you will need to obtain a certification. The following website will give you more information on certification exam and requirements.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA
Contact the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for specific information about individual Pharm.D. program prerequisites.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1426 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2841
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacy prerequisites for the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy
20 N. Pine St., Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Printable Pre-Pharmacy Information Sheet
NOTE: Pre-Pharmacy is not a degree-granting program at University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). The prerequisites listed on the UMB School of Pharmacy website are required prior to matriculation in the professional curriculum for UM School of Pharmacy. Admission to professional schools is competitive and is not guaranteed by UMCP.
NOTE: Admission requirements vary depending upon the institution and pre-requisites are subject to change. Contact programs for most current requirements.
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Community Pharmacists Association
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook
The US Department of Labor handbook on working conditions, employment, training, qualifications and advancement, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations
Descriptions of various career opportunities, including description of job, salary, training, and national contacts.