Top Schools in Pharmaceutical Sciences Major

Who is a pharmacist?

Many people think that the key to a quick recovery from diseases is having a good doctor. But those who work in healthcare will tell you that it is a good pharmacist who will make sure you are taking the right medication in proper quantities and for suitable conditions.

Pharmacists are people who work closely with meds: all the way form developing the formula to selling them at the drug store counters. They are the people who explain to the doctors the way the chemicals work, possible side effects and drug interactions.

While most of the pharmacist will work in retail selling the medications to the customers or hospitals, there are a lot of people who end up working for the pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and even military.

How to become a pharmacist?

Because pharmacists are tasked to possess a deep understanding of drugs and chemical processes as well as human body and its malfunctions, pharmacist education can be more complicated than it seems at the first glance.

In order to get into a pharmacist school, one should have strong background in chemistry, biology, statistics or calculus. Throughout your career you will be exposed to various anatomy and math subjects, as well as conduct a certain amount of lab hours and write a dissertation.

The student has an option to begin his pharmacist program right away in the undergraduate school where he or she will get pre-professional training combined with basic liberal arts courses. Basically you will be getting a BA of Science degree and completing at least two years of pharmaceutical studies during this time. Usually this is the best choice for those who have decided that they want to devote their life to medical field, yet are still not sure about which direction to go exactly.

After that you will have to take a Pharmacy School admission test and get accepted into a pharmaceutical school. While this used to be a standard requirement, it’s not anymore. There are some schools that will not require you to show the PCAT result and will look at something else instead. Check the admission requirements on your preferred school page.

The shorter way to becoming a pharmacist is to aim for a hybrid graduate school, which is a one comprehensive program that will issue you a pharmacist degree upon successful completion. During the last years you will work mostly at the hospitals or drug corporations acquiring real world experience under the supervision of licensed professionals.

How long does it take to become a pharmacist?

Provided you decide to go for a combined graduate pharmacist degree, which basically means going to a pharmacist school right after high school, it will take you approximately six to eight years to obtain a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

If you first get a Bachelor in Science and then apply for the accredited pharmacist program, it will take you four and four years to complete each.

How much schooling do you need to be a pharmacist?

Pharmacist major takes just as much effort, time and money as most of the other medical majors:
– First you will have to choose the right pre-pharmacy school, which can be an intense 2-year or 4-year program;
– Then you will take the PCAT test or analogue and get into a Pharmacist School;
– After your graduation you will be required to pass the test to get your pharmacist license.

Top Schools For Pharmaceutical Sciences

Institution name Tuition Control Acceptance Rate
Queens, New York
$36.450 Private Non-Profit 53%
Newton, Massachusetts
$28.162 Private Non-Profit 61%
Erie, Pennsylvania
$27.546 Private Non-Profit 80%
Greenville, Pennsylvania
$26.802 Private Non-Profit 66%
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$26.170 Private Non-Profit 74%
Carbondale, Illinois
$24.716 Public 79%
Detroit, Michigan
$23.714 Public 76%
Southington, Connecticut
$19.840 Private For-Profit 0%
Minneapolis, Minnesota
$19.805 Public 44%
Norwood, Massachusetts
$19.575 Private For-Profit 0%
Cincinnati, Ohio
$17.275 Private Non-Profit 60%
Saint Charles, Missouri
$15.150 Private Non-Profit 66%
New York, New York
$14.498 Private Non-Profit 0%
Edmond, Oklahoma
$13.551 Public 84%
Troy, New York
$12.694 Public 0%
Cumberland, Kentucky
$12.240 Public 0%
La Jolla, California
$12.096 Private Non-Profit 0%
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
$12.000 Public 0%
Littleton, Colorado
$11.961 Public 0%
Miami, Florida
$11.955 Public 0%
Vincennes, Indiana
$11.867 Public 0%
Clearwater, Florida
$11.477 Public 0%
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
$11.400 Public 0%
Syracuse, New York
$11.050 Private For-Profit 100%
Houston, Texas
$10.904 Private Non-Profit 100%
San Antonio, Texas
$10.822 Public 0%
Jeffersonville, Indiana
$10.550 Private Non-Profit 86%
Decatur, Georgia
$10.500 Private Non-Profit 0%
Dallas, Texas
$10.500 Private Non-Profit 82%
Nashville, Tennessee
$10.010 Private Non-Profit 0%
Gresham, Oregon
$10.002 Public 0%
Jacksonville, Florida
$9.944 Public 0%
Chester, Virginia
$9.808 Public 0%
Baltimore, Maryland
$9.357 Public 0%
Kirkland, Washington
$9.096 Public 0%
Washington, District of Columbia
$8.778 Public 67%
Garden City, New York
$8.681 Public 0%
Fayetteville, North Carolina
$8.522 Public 0%
Norfolk, Virginia
$8.458 Public 0%
Ankeny, Iowa
$8.160 Public 0%
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
$7.862 Public 0%
Mesa, Arizona
$7.758 Public 0%
Indianapolis, Indiana
$7.632 Public 0%
Birmingham, Alabama
$7.590 Public 0%
Mobile, Alabama
$7.530 Public 0%
Chicago, Illinois
$7.498 Public 0%
Sacramento, California
$7.200 Public 0%
Long Island City, New York
$7.086 Public 0%
New Orleans, Louisiana
$6.993 Public 0%
Bloomington, Indiana
$6.761 Public 0%

Data provided by U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences nces.ed.gov