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Pharmacy

Pharmacy is a doctoral level health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medication to consumers and other health care professionals. Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and monitor patient health. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use; clinical effects; and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties. They protect the public by ensuring drug purity and strength. The goal of pharmacy care is to maximize positive health care outcomes and improve patients' quality of life with minimum risk. Most pharmacists work in a community setting, such as a retail drug store, or in a hospital or clinic.

There are over 100 accredited pharmacy schools in the United States that grant the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Education includes at least two years of college and 4 years of pharmacy school. A Bachelor's Degree prior to admission to pharmacy school is strongly recommended and often required. Statistics show a significantly higher percentage of acceptance for students with baccalaureate degrees.

Choosing to pursue a career in pharmacy is a big decision. In addition to maintaining a strong GPA, you will need to gain experiences that show your passion for this field. You should learn as much as you can about the field early. You can choose any major and pursue pharmacy.