If you’re considering pursuing a pharmacy degree but aren’t sure if this is the right path, you may be interested in knowing more about the process. Before you sign up for this challenging study program, you need to meet the following requirements:
The Right Education
You’ll need excellent grades and high scores on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and the SAT or the ACT college entrance exams. Most pharmacy programs and colleges are selective; only the best students get in.
Once you are in, you’ll be studying math, health and science over and over for six whole years. If you don’t absolutely adore these subjects, a career in pharmacy is not for you.
Pharmacy schools are not just tough to get into, they are tough to stay in as well. Expect to study long and hard for all six years of schooling. You won’t have much time for socializing or partying if you go to pharmacy school, but you will emerge with a degree that will pave the way to a stable, well-paying job.
Willingness To Be Trained
You’ll need to plan on at least one year of pharmacist training as a pharmacy technician either during or immediately following your six years of college. This can come in the form of a paying job or an internship, but, in either case, you will work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. You may find a job as a pharmacy technician to be the perfect position while you are finishing up college.
Six years of college gets expensive. You will want to check into financial aid programs and estimate your ability to pay for the pharmacy program, factoring in the repayment of student loans after you graduate.