Pharmacists play a vital role in the health care system through the medicine and information they provide. They are the drug experts ultimately concerned about their patients’ health and wellness. Pharmacist responsibilities include the following
- Dispensing medications;
- Monitoring patient health and progress to maximize their response to the medication;
- Educating consumers and patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications;
- Advising physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals on drug decisions;
- Providing expertise about the composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties and their manufacture and use;
- Ensuring drug purity and strength and making sure that drugs do not interact in a harmful way.
Curriculum and Career Planning
- Timeline - Students should refer to Alfred University's Pre-Health Timeline and Checklist to assist them in career planning.
- A balanced and comprehensive high school and college education is an important first step in the pursuit of a professional degree in pharmacy, especially in the areas of math and science. Students should refer to the Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Checklist to ensure that they have completed all course requirements.
- The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program requires at least two years of pre-professional (undergraduate) study followed by four academic years of professional study.
- The majority of first year students enter a pharmacy program with three or four years of college experience. The requirements for admission into a pharmacy program vary.
- Credential File/Dossier - Alfred University's Career Development Center provides detailed instructions on preparing your credential file/dossier. In addition, there is a pre-health dossier checklist to make sure your credential file/dossier is complete.
More information about career opportunities and links to all U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy is available from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.