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Pharmacists are health professionals who serve patients and other health professionals in assuring appropriate use and optimal therapeutic outcomes from medications. The principal goal is to achieve outcomes that improve quality of life. Pharmaceutical care encompasses the full range of pharmacists' skills, knowledge, and ability in providing medication services to patients. Pharmacists often serve as educators in the proper use of drugs both for the public and health practitioners and thus must be fully acquainted with the physical and chemical properties of drugs and their behavior in biological systems.

There are 124 colleges and universities offering professional programs that lead to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.  Pharmacy programs require at least two years of pre-professional (undergraduate) study followed by four years of professional study.  Most pharmacy students complete three or more years of college before starting a pharmacy program.  Like other health professions, pharmacy schools do not require or prefer a particular undergraduate major.  

Pharmacy schools have different requirements for admission and you will need to  become knowledgeable about individual requirements as soon as possible. In addition to meaningful exposure and experience in health care settings, pharmacy schools recognize the importance of  communication skills and a strong foundation in biology, chemistry,  physics and mathematics.  Thus, applicants must complete course  requirements and demonstrate proficiency in the sciences as evidenced by the  science GPA and scores on the PCAT.  

Please consult Dr. Donna Amenta, amentads@jmu.edu, Coordinator of the Pre-pharmacy Program, for more specific information.