Because of the accessibility of pharmacists, they are often the first contact individuals go to seeking advice regarding healthcare. Like other fields of medicine, pharmacists can specialize in a number of areas including critical care, geriatrics, infectious diseases, internal medicine, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support, oncology, pediatrics, pharmacy practice management, primary care, and psychiatric pharmacy, clinical pharmacy. In contrast to common public perception, most pharmacists spend little time counting pills. Most of their time is spent in consultation with patients, customers or physicians. Furthermore, they are becoming more involved in diagnosing disease and illness. Many pharmacies offer vaccinations and flu shots. Individuals pursuing a career in pharmacy should have a strong background in math and science, the ability to solve problems and pay meticulous attention to details, and most importantly, the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
Weber State University is a great place to begin your preparation to becoming a pharmacist in offering all pre-requisite courses required by pharmacy schools. Classes are comparatively small and are taught by faculty having Ph.D degrees. Each month throughout the academic year the pre-pharmacy club invites recruiters from local pharmacy schools, previous students attending pharmacy school, or pharmacists from a variety of fields to come to present seminars on campus. Sometimes the club also sponsors service activities in the community.
Click here to see a recommended schedule to complete your pharmacy school pre-requisites in two years.
Obtain a flow chart that leads from introductory course up to advanced courses, containing pre-requisites. For help in scheduling your general education courses click here. Also refer to CatTracks within your WSU portal.
Note: Credit acquired by taking an AP or CLEP exam can only be applied towards general education credit. All pre-requisite courses specifically listed by a pharmacy school require a letter grade for calculation into overall GPA and science GPA.
Pre-pharmacy students wishing to complete a degree before entering pharmacy school may wish to consider a ChemTech degree.