Pharmacists compound and dispense prescriptions, counsel patients,
help physicians plan appropriate drug therapies, and sometimes
participate in the manufacture and testing of medicines.
The education requirements for becoming a pharmacist have
changed significantly. Previously, most pharmacists received
licensure after earning a bachelors degree (typically a five-year
program of study). The trend today is toward the Doctor of Pharmacy
degree, which usually requires six to seven years of study.
There are eighty colleges or schools of pharmacy in the continental
United States. All 80 currently offer a Pharm.D. program. Only
twelve schools still offer a bachelors degree in pharmacy. 61
schools offer a post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. program for persons
who already have a B.Pharm. degree.
There are six pharmacy schools in MVNU's educational region
(see links below). All six offer a Pharm.D.; at UK, OSU
and WVU, Pharm.D. is the only pharmacy professional degree
Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers the science and liberal
arts classes that are typically required by pharmacy schools
during the pre-professional years (see below). Any student
who intends to transfer to a college of pharmacy should obtain
information from that school before selecting courses at MVNU.
- General Zoology with laboratory
- At least three additional courses chosen from Botany, Invertebrate
Zoology, Genetics, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Microbiology
(consult the pharmacy school before selecting courses).
- General Chemistry I and II with laboratory
- Organic Chemistry I and II with laboratory
- Quantitative Chemistry is required by some schools
- Precalculus Mathematics
- Calculus I, II, III are required by most pharmacy schools
- Expository Writing and Research Writing
- Most pharmacy schools require Economics or Accounting
Pharmacy Schools near MVNU
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