Future Pharmacy Students

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Do you want to be a pharmacist? Review the information below and visit AACP's Pharmacy Is Right for Me website to learn more about pharmacy education and career pathways!  A diverse and rewarding career with opportunities for patient care, scientific research, and innovation – Pharmacy might be right for you!

Why Pharmacy?

Pharmacists are medication experts who enhance patient care and promote wellness.  You will use your professional knowledge as a pharmacist to prepare and dispense prescriptions, ensure medicines and doses are correct, prevent harmful drug interactions, and counsel patients on the safe and appropriate use of their medications. As a pharmacist, you will have unique and specialized expertise about the composition of medicines, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties, as well as their manufacture and use. Other health care professionals will rely on you to select and administer medications that offer the best results and quality of life for a particular patient. As a pharmacist you may prepare personalized medications, participate in patient rounds at the hospital, reduce the spread of infections, conduct research or clinical trials, or focus on a specific patient population or disease state (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, asthma, HIV, and pain management). Be a pharmacist and help people live better, healthier lives!

Admissions

Ready to apply? Explore resources regarding the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), Pharmacy School Admission Requirements, the Cooperative Admissions Guidelines, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

This entrance exam is currently required by several colleges and schools of pharmacy. Find more on PCAT requirements, test prep opportunities, and registration information here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Find resources on funding and scholarship opportunities available to future and current student pharmacists.

Background Checks and Drug Testing

Colleges and schools of pharmacy require criminal background checks and drug testing as part of the admissions or enrollment process.

International Students and Graduates

Non-U.S. citizens and international pharmacy graduates who wish to pursue pharmacy in the United States can find pertinent information on next steps.

Non-Traditional Students

Pharmacists who previously earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in pharmacy can choose to pursue a Pharm.D. degree program.