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Pharmacy is a doctoral health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medications to patients and other healthcare professionals. As "medication experts," pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public's health in matters relating to medication distribution and use and disease state management.

Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide. The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has increased in recent years due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population. The number of pharmacists in healthcare services is also increasing as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug therapy management for patients of all ages.

The pre-pharmacy option at K-State will prepare students for pharmacy school.  Pharmacy schools require 65-70 hours of courses prior to professional school. Pharmacy school graduates can work in a number of different environments, including pharmacies, research laboratories, and hospitals.

Related career titles

Clinical pharmacist
Consultant pharmacist
Pharmacy technician

Resources available at the Career Center*

Career Opportunities in Health Care
Careers in Health Care
Careers in Medicine
Everything Guide to Careers in Health Care, The
Exploring Health Care Careers
Opportunities in Health and Medical Careers
Opportunities in Pharmacy Careers
Pfizer Guide to Careers in Pharmacy
Pfizer Guide to Careers in Public Health
Top 100 Health Care Careers
Vault Guide to Pharmaceutical and Biotech Careers
VGM’s Handbook of Health Care Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related pre-pharmacy links

K-State Pre-Pharmacy Website

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Pharmacy College Admissions Test

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy - Application Service

National Community Pharmacists Association

American Pharmacists Association

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

American Chemical Society

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education