Pharmacy is a doctoral health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medications to patients and other healthcare professionals. As "medication experts," pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public's health in matters relating to medication distribution and use and disease state management.
Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide. The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has increased in recent years due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population. The number of pharmacists in healthcare services is also increasing as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug therapy management for patients of all ages.
As you review your options, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Pre-pharmacy is not a degree-granting program, so you cannot major in pre-pharmacy.
- Individual advising is strongly recommended.
- Pre-pharmacy students take pre-requirement course work in preparation to transfer to a school that offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree.