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Pharmacy is the practice of dispensing and compounding drugs, as well as providing drug-related information to consumers. Pharmacy products are also prepared by pharmacists. Pharmacy is the branch of medical science concerning the sources, nature, properties, and preparation of drugs. Pharmacists, along with chemical and medical professionals, have the responsibility of discovering new drugs and synthesizing organic compounds with some therapeutic value. As a result, pharmacists are increasingly called upon to give health and hygiene advice.

Education and practice are very important in this and many other professions. Pharmacy is a very delicate and sensitive field to get into. One not only has a lot to learn, but this information must also be continually retained so that a fatal mistake isn't made. In the United States, many pharmaceutical colleges offer four-year degrees and also programs that offer a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.). This particular degree can take four to seven years to complete, depending upon the amount of schooling one has had before attending. Expository Writing, Calculus I, and Microeconomics are just a few of the courses required to complete such programs.

To become a practicing pharmacist, a license must be obtained. These licenses are granted by the state after the following requirements are satisfactorily met:
  • You must have graduated from one of the 82 colleges and schools of pharmacy with programs accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education.

  • You must have participated in an internship under a registered pharmacist.

  • You must have completed the national licensing examination with a satisfactory score.
After completing the above requirements, pharmacists may practice in a pharmacy located in a hospital, nursing home, drug store, or supermarket. They may also work for a managed care organization or consulting firm to conduct scientific research, or participate in the development and production of new pharmaceutical products.

Normal requirements for admission to a graduate program in the pharmaceutical sciences include a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited school and a satisfactory academic record. An undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or chemical engineering is great to prepare you for a career in pharmaceutical sciences; however, there is no required undergraduate major for this degree. You should have completed at least a year of organic chemistry, calculus, biology, general chemistry, and physics. It is also highly recommended that the would-be student's background includes biochemistry, statistics, cell biology, physical chemistry, computer science and/or immunology. Under certain circumstances, a deficiency in one certain area may be made up during the student's first year in a program. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
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