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Become A Pharmacist

1. Graduate From High School

If you enjoyed science classes in high school, particularly chemistry, biology and/or physiology, consider pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a career in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences.

2. Complete The Pre-Professional Phase

Start in the pre-professional phase in the School of Pharmacy, taking general science and liberal arts courses for two years. All students in the pre-professional phase get a spot in the "Early Assurance Program," essentially guaranteeing a spot in the professional phase after meeting several general requirements.

3. Take The PCAT

Prepare for and take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) during your second year at Duquesne University. The School of Pharmacy requires a minimum score of 375 to be considered for the professional phase.

4. Complete The Professional Phase

Keep your white coat clean and spend the next four years in the professional phase taking classes in various subjects including pharmacology, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry and choose a specialization area like pediatrics, pharmcotherapy or geriatrics. Spend your sixth year on rotation at various practice sites.

5. Become Licensed

After graduating, obtain your license to practice pharmacy by passing the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination). The School of Pharmacy boasts a 95 percent pass rate. Different states require different exams.

6. Choose Your Path

Figure out your next step-start your career in a pharmacy, pursue a residency, further your education with a graduate degree in the pharmaceutical sciences. Regardless what happens next, by graduating from the School of Pharmacy, you just joined a network of over 7,000 living alumni to help you along the way.