PHARMACIST

Pharmacists have a wide variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medication to give to patient

  • Check whether prescriptions will interact negatively with other drugs that a patient is taking or any medical conditions the patient has

  • Instruct patients on how and when to take prescribed medicines and inform them about potential side effects they may experience from taking the medicine

  • Advise patients about general health topics, such as diet, exercise, managing stress, and on other issues, such as what equipment or supplies would be best to treat a health problem

  • Complete insurance forms and work with insurance companies to ensure that patients get the medicines they need

  • Oversee the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)

  • Keep records and do other administrative tasks

  • Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients

EDUCATION REQUIRED

Pharmacists graduating from college today are required to have a PharmD  or Doctor of Pharmacy degree. College students can start a four-year pharmacy program after successfully completing two years of undergraduate coursework and earning a passing score on the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test).

PROGRAM LENGTH

6 years

PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT
  • Hospitals

  • Retail pharmacies,

  • Corporations

  • Long-term care facilities

SALARY RANGE

$43.46 to $64.75

For more information on this program, visit  the Education page

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