Follow these steps to begin your new career as a health professional.
You will need
- High school diploma
- Doctor of pharmacy degree
- Passing score on the NAPLEX
- Passing score on the state pharmaceutical exam
- Pharmacy license
Step 1 Graduate from high school Graduate from high school with a curriculum focused on math and science.
Step 2 Earn a degree in pharmacy Graduate from a two- or four-year college, taking pre-pharmacy courses. Then, apply to an accredited pharmacy school, and graduate with a doctor of pharmacy degree.
Most pharmacy schools don’t require applicants to have a four-year degree, but many prefer one.
Step 3 Pass the NAPLEX Pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
Step 4 Pass a state exam Pass the pharmacy laws examination in the state where you wish to practice.
Step 5 Apply for a pharmacy license Apply for and obtain a pharmacy license from the state in which you wish to practice.
Step 6 Apply for jobs Apply for pharmacy positions in hospitals, drug stores, or pharmacies.
Did You Know:
There are 116 accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy in the U.S.