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Pre-Pharmacy

SIUE Pharmacy School

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The degree which can be earned: Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)

What can I do with a pharmacy degree?  Approximately 62% of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, however, pharmacists are found in a wide variety of settings including hopsitals, managed care, public health, armed forces, pharmaceutical industry, government and more.  Responbilities vary among types of pharmacists, however, pharmacists help patients get well again.  Pharmacist responsibilities include a range of care for patients, from dispensing medications to monitoring patient health and progress to maximize their response to the medication.  Pharmacists also educate consumers and patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, and advise physicians, nurses and other health professionals on drug decisions.  

What do I need to do to be a pharmacist?  To practice pharmacy in the U.S., you must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy instiution and pass a state pharmacy licensure exam.  U.S. pharmacy institutions are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  A degree in pharmaceutical science or related discipline will not prepare or permit ou to practice pharmacy in the U.S.

What is the typical salary for a pharmacist?  The demand for pharmaceutical care services has resulted in a dramatic increase in salaries in all sectors of pharmacy.  According to a 2011 survey by Drug Topics magazine, pharmacist yearly salaries range from $116,000 to $140,000.

Additional Resources:
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS) 
Explore Health Careers  
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Regional Institutions: 
SIUE School of Pharmacy
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy 
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

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What should a competitive applicant should be doing?  Pharmacy college encourage or require applicants to have volunteer or paid experience working with patients in a pharmacy or health-related setting (hospital, nursing home, etc.).  Ongoing work or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting may be an important factor in the admission process.  If you are unable to gain work or volunteer experience directly related to pharmacy, contact your selected pharmacy school admission offices to determine what other experiences they might accept that will adequately demonstrate you rknowledge of the profession.  

GPA neede for specific professional program:  Pharmacy schools suggest having over a 3.0, but most pharmacy schools have averages for accpeted students over a 3.4.  

What exam do I need in order to be admitted into a Pharmacy program?  Students interested in attending Pharmacy school need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

For a list of recommended courses, check out the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog. Pharmacy courses can be seen on page 329.

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Pre-Health Professions Advisors
Brian Hinterscher Brandi Hudson Carol Garrison
bhinter@siue.edu bhudson@siue.edu cgarris@siue.edu
618-650-5525 618-650-5525 618-650-5525

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