The most popular program among the pharmacy options is the PharmD program. A student typically studies two to four years at an undergraduate institution in a pre-pharm curriculum. The student then applies to a pharmacy college for an additional four years of study. Pharmacists typically work in clinical settings, such as hospitals and pharmacies. However, pharmacists are also found as drug and poison information advisors, court consultants, and researchers. Entrance into a pharmacy program is highly competitive, and requires excellent academic performance in a suggested undergraduate curriculum, as well as excellent performance on the PCAT exam.
- Minimum 350 on the PCAT test, minimum 3.0 G.P.A., (3.50 preferred).
Each pharmacy college has a unique curriculum, however the typical program is divided between two areas; traditional coursework, and a clinical/ clerkship. Most of the coursework is concentrated in the first two years of study, while the clerkship often begins in the third year, and takes up the majority (if not all) of the fourth year in the program. Students typically take courses in such topics as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Therapeutics, Anatomy and Physiology, Drug Delivery, and Health Care Business and Economics.