How do you become a pharmacist?

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2015-07-15 20:53:29
2015-07-15 20:53:29

The field of pharmacy science is broad, challenging and potentially quite lucrative, which has resulted in more competition for jobs in both clinical and community settings. Still, there is ample opportunity in this respected profession for those with talent and commitment.


1. Study life sciences, health and mathematics in high school.

2. Complete one to two years of pre-pharmacy college-level coursework. Most pharmacy schools require this, and a growing number also look for high scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test.

3. Obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (which can take six or seven years.) from one of the 80 U.S. colleges offering programs accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. B.S. In pharmacy no longer exists the automatic entry-level is the Doctorate of Pharmacy or a Pharm.D.

4. Pass your state's licensing examination; all 50 states require pharmacists to be licensed.

5. Participate in an internship under the direction of a licensed pharmacist to become qualified to practice pharmacy. All pharmacy schools require that your last year of pharmacy school consists of 6 to 7 rotations of internships before you are able to graduate.

6. Continue your professional education through periodic refresher courses as required by your state's licensing board.

Most states don't require re-examination for pharmacists already licensed in another state; in fact, many pharmacists are licensed in more than one state.

The national NAPLEX exam is generally not required to be retaken in most situations, but you will have to take the state law exam of the particular state that you are planning on getting your second or third etc.. licence in.

You probably mean "Pharmacist".


Just a note to add to the above (very good) information. Pharmacy Techs serve many aspects within the realm and under the license of a registered pharmacist. It is required that a pharmacist be there at the same time, they may be an LPN, an RN, a pharmacy student, etc.

The more rural you are, the more extended your tech service is behind the counter. As always, the Registered Pharmacist is at the shop.

After passing out your 10th standard exam or any equivalent exam go for +2 as maths or life sciences as main subject. It is good to opt life sciences. Any subject you opt, it is mandatory that u need to be good at the other. Later you have to go for EAMCET or any other other equivalent exam. If you are qualified in it, you need to go for a counselling for selecting the university/college which offers graduation in pharmacy.

The subjects generally present in pharmacy are: pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, mathematics, bio-statistics, microbiology and immunology, bio-chemistry, forensic pharmacy, bio-technology and hospital & clinical pharmacy. graduation program in pharmacy is a 4 year course and all the subjects above stated are equally divided

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