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Various opportunities with Pharmacy Education in USA

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD degree) is a four-year entry level graduate professional program preparing students for practice in pharmacy. Applicants are required to complete two years of pre-pharmacy course work from an accredited college/university to qualify for admission. Some pharmacy schools may prefer to enroll students with an undergraduate degree while others may not. Pre-requisite course work may cover chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, English, organic chemistry, microbiology, physics, calculus, statistics, macro/ micro economics along with lab work.

The key areas in the PharmD curriculum may include pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacognosy, clinical pharmacy, disease-state management, social sciences, pharmacy law and policy, pharmacy administration with supervised experiential training. All PharmD programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores are required as part of the admission requirements by around 75% of the pharmacy schools.

Note: Some U.S. schools of pharmacy do not consider international (non-U.S.) applicants for admission while some restrict admissions to applicants who live in the same state as the school.

M.S. and Ph.D. programs: Schools of Pharmacy offering the traditional MS and PhD programs prepare students for teaching and research careers. Areas of study include but are not limited to pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy care sciences, pharmacology and toxicology experimental and clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacognosy and pharmacy administration. Students may also consider intensive joint degree tracks such as PharmD/PhD; PharmD/MBA; PharmD/ MPH; PharmD/MPA; PharmD/JD.

Occupations in Pharmacy:
Hospital pharmacist, public health sector pharmacist, community pharmacist, industry-based pharmacist, pediatric pharmacist, managed care pharmacist, clinical pharmacist, nuclear pharmacist, drug developer, consultant, chain drug store pharmacist, veterinary pharmacist, researcher, professor are some career options to consider depending on the nature of the pharmacy degree earned.

Pharmacy Licensure:
All U.S. States and territories require a license to practice pharmacy. PharmD graduates of pharmacy schools approved by the State Board of Pharmacy and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) are required to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). Since licensure requirements vary from state to state, prospective pharmacists may need to comply with additional requirements outlined by the licensing jurisdiction. Graduates of foreign pharmacy schools who wish to practice in the U.S. must complete the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certification which includes the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination FPGEE exam. The TOEFL iBT is required for students whose native language is not English. For further information, please look up the website for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy https://www/

Pharmacy residencies in the US:
Residency programs are one or two-year post-graduate training programs that are pursued on completion of the DPharm degree. Pharmacy graduates gain practical experience with the opportunity to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills in clinics, hospitals, community practice and managed care settings. The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) sponsors the Resident Matching Program (RMP) for pharmacy residency positions. Foreign educated pharmacy graduates registering for the RMP should have the FPGEC certificate and the relevant US state license.

Some associations and organizations affiliated with study of Pharmacy: Some journals related to the study of Pharmacy
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, American Pharmaceutical Review, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Pharmaceutical Research, US Pharmacist, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Published date : 06 Apr 2012 05:24PM

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