A Career as a Pharmacist Essay

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Introduction
Most people describe their pharmacist as a white, middle aged bald man standing behind a desk counting pills 9 to 5 five days a week. However, most people fail to realize that the new and upcoming pharmacists are being equipped with the knowledge in college to be able to come out from behind their desk. These pharmacists are getting on the floor to recommend medicines based on their own specialization of drug effects, dosage and content and physical symptom analysis. According the Dan Brony in his article "Causes of Prescribing Errors in Hospital Inpatients: A Prospective Study" with many chronic conditions like asthma and migraine headaches are under diagnosed and not medicated properly, there is a need for pharmacists to
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Also, an interview conducted with a local retail pharmacists. The interviewee was asked a series of questions pertaining the ability to know and accurately guide patients to the correct treatments and medications based on physical symptom analysis and previous knowledge.
Background
Schooling-
To become a licensed pharmacists one must obtain a PharmD or doctorate of Pharmacy degree. It is not necessary to complete a 4 year Bachelors degree. With two years of undergraduate coursework and a passing score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) college students can start a 4 year pharmacy program. However, most pharmacists complete a four year bachelor degree. A pharmacy student can graduate in as little as six years. While in college, pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students master sciences and mathematics including biology, chemistry, physiology, biology, calculus and statistics. If and once accepted into a pharmacy school, the student takes courses in toxicology, pharmacy ethics and law, biopharmaceuticals and patient care. Most PharmD programs entail experience in the workforce through internships. A good majority of states require a minimum number of hours of supervised clinical practice. USA Today article “Top Skills to be a Pharmacist” states that it’s important for pharmacists to have good memory, pay attention to detail and

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