Overview

For more than 150 years, colleges of pharmacy in America have been preparing men and women for the profession of pharmacy. Over the years, the practice of pharmacy has become a vital part of total health care.

The qualities of a good pharmacist are a solid education in scientific subjects with a willingness and curiosity to learn. Pharmacy demands good judgment, dependability and conscientious performance. Attention must be given to detail, accuracy, neatness, cleanliness, and orderliness, because the pharmacist's actions involve human life and well being. Pharmacists must enjoy meeting and working with people. Pharmacists today have broader functions than dispensing medication or providing therapeutic drug information. They are responsible for providing pharmaceutical care, a philosophy in which pharmacists care for their patients and share responsibility with other members of the healthcare team for the outcomes of drug therapy in their patients.

More than 157,000 pharmacists practice in a community of hospital pharmacies in the United States with the remainder working in special fields such as sales, administration, academia or research in the private public or governmental sector. The prospects for immediate employment and long-term career growth have never been better.