When people think of pharmacists, they think of the individuals that dispense drugs to patients from behind a drug store counter. While this is a critical part of what a pharmacist does, there are many interesting aspects of being a pharmacist. Pharmacists act as advisers to not only patients, but also doctors and other health care professionals about selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications.

Exposure to the Field, Shadowing, and Volunteering

Pharmacy colleges encourage or require applicants to have volunteer or paid experience working with patients in a pharmacy or health-related setting (hospital, nursing home, etc.). Ongoing work or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting may be an important factor in the admissions process. If you are unable to gain work or volunteer experience directly related to pharmacy, contact your selected pharmacy school admission offices to determine what other experiences they might accept that will adequately demonstrate your knowledge of the profession.



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