Pharmacy

phar·ma·cy: the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs

Education for Pharmacy Practice includes:

  • A minimum of 2 years undergraduate requirements
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (4 years) – this includes didactic and experiential education

Where do Pharmacists Work?

Pharmacists work in a number of different settings including retail stores, hospitals, clinics, mail service, home infusion facilities, long-term care facilities, pharmacy benefits management, public health services, military and veterans administration, pharmacy consultant firms, pharmaceutical industries, and academic settings.

What do they do there?

  • Community pharmacists dispense prescriptions, compound medications, counsel patients on the proper use of prescription and non-prescription medications and potential side effects, therapy and disease state management and can administer vaccinations.
  • Hospital pharmacists monitor medication usage and adjust dosages, counsel patients on the proper use of medications and potential side effects, provide drug information to health professionals and prepare and dispense products for patient use.
  • Clinical pharmacists often work alongside physicians to recommend the most appropriate, evidence-based medication to treat patients and avoid unnecessary harm given patient history, laboratory values, and other conditions.

Licensure for Pharmacy Practice

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)
Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE)

Professional Associations

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP)