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Career Path On Your Future Career

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As the last year of college has started it is time to focus your thoughts on your future career. Many of you already know what your career path will be and others are still fine tuning your choices. If you have great communication skills, are detailed orientated and have a strong aptitude for science you may want to become a Pharmacist. A Pharmacist doesn’t just hand out drugs, it is much more than that. You will need to complete a four year degree to obtain your Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy). Admissions requirements vary by program, however, all Doctor of Pharmacy programs require applicants to take postsecondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Most programs require at least 2 years of undergraduate study, although some require a bachelor’s degree. Most programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a number of hours as an intern, which varies by state (2016). Pharmacists can work in hospitals, retail and grocery stores, drug and insurance companies and healthcare facilities. On a typical day a pharmacist will:
• advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages,
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