- Flexibility in work location. Since they do not have a set practice, pharmacists can change work locations, even from one state to another, without much difficulty. Some pharmacists are employed at more than one pharmacy at the same time.
- Flexibility in work schedule. Pharmacists can choose to work full time or part time, night or day.
- Customer relationship. Most prescription recipients are regular customers, who come in each month for prescription refills, allowing for frequent conversation.
- First response healthcare. The pharmacist is often the first person called upon for advice on matters of treating illness and maintaining health.
- Increasing role in healthcare. In addition to measuring out prescriptions, retail pharmacist now can administer immunizations, flu shots, and specialize in treating diseases, such as diabetes. Clinical pharmacists are key members of medical staff.
- Variety of pharmacy fields available. Most people are only familiar with retail pharmacists, but there are many other fields withing pharmacy to choose from including critical care, geriatrics, infectious disease, nuclear pharmacy, and many more. Click on this link to see more available fields.
- Income vs. Expense. Depending on which pharmacy school attended, pharmacists often have debts in excess of $100,000 upon entering the field (similar to other health professions). However, they do not have the added expenses of buying equipment or a practice, and they generally earn about $100,000 / year.
- Job Availability. At one time students in pharmacy school were courted by multiple pharmacies with signing bonuses and offers of paying their school expenses. Those days are past and the market is somewhat saturated in locations. Jobs are available, but you may need to relocate, and / or do additional internships to receive them. Check here to see the current demand for pharmacists throughout the United States.
Why Weber State for pre-pharmacy?
- Small class size and personal attention.
- All classes are taught by faculty having Ph.D degrees, not graduate assistants.
- Monthly club seminars and activities throughout the academic year
- Availability of pre-pharmacy scholarships (see below)
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.
What Math class should I take?
Take this Chitest to determine whether you should take Chem 1200 or Chem 1210.
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.