How to Become a Pharmacist

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.

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.