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2–4 YEARS

PRE
PHARMACY
STUDY

2–4 YEARS: Pre-pharmacy coursework can be completed at any accredited college or university. Some pharmacy schools offer early assurance pathways to pre-pharmacy students. The majority of pharmacy schools do not require students to complete a bachelor’s degree before entering the professional Pharm.D. curriculum.

3–4 YEARS

PHARMACY
COLLEGE OR SCHOOL

Pharm.D. Degree

3–4 YEARS: Most pharmacy colleges and school in the U.S. require 4 years of study in the professional Pharm.D. curriculum. Some pharmacy institutions offer accelerated programs that require the same amount of professional coursework to be completed within 3 years.

PHARMACIST LICENSURE EXAM
AND
STATE BOARD REQUIREMENTS

LICENSURE:All Pharm.D. graduates must successfully complete the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and other licensure assessments required by a state board of pharmacy before they can legally practice as a pharmacist in the U.S.

OPTIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT

RESIDENCY: 1–2 years of postgraduate training focused on certain patient populations or disease states in a clinical setting.

FELLOWSHIP: Individualized postgraduate training with a focus in academia, research, or industry.

OTHER DEGREES: Licensed pharmacists may choose to become board certified as a way to demonstrate pharmacy expertise in a specialty area of practice: Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Compounded Sterile Preparations, Critical Care, Geriatric, Infectious Diseases, Nuclear, Nutrition Support Oncology, Pediatric, Pharmacotherapy, and Psychiatric.

PHARMACY WORKFORCE

Hundreds of pharmacy career pathways available, including specialized or advanced pharmacy practice.

YOU CAN DO A LOT WITH A PHARMD

Explore the exciting and diverse career paths in pharmacy!