Pharmacists are health care professionals who focus on safe and effective medication use. Pharmacists must understand the use, clinical effects, and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties. As medication experts, they protect the public by ensuring drug purity and strength. Pharmacists dispense medications prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and monitor patient health, while advising on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. 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.

Student Resources

Professional Associations and Accreditation

    Entrance Exam

    Pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admission Test as an entrance exam. Learn more about the PCAT here .

    Selected Regional Programs

    Important Note:

    Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements