Sometimes referred to as druggists, pharmacists mix and dispense drugs that are prescribed by physicians or other health practitioners. They offer instruction to patients and physicians on usage and side effects of medications.
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Radiopharmacist – dispenses radioactive drugs used for patient diagnosis and therapy.
Pharmacotherapist – specializes in drug therapy.
Nutrition support pharmacist – specializes in preparing drugs needed for nutrition.
Pharmacists work in hospitals, drug stores (retail), health maintenance organizations (HMOs), and home health care agencies. They are trained in the proper use of medications and advise patients and physicians about selection, proper dosages, side effects and possible interactions with other medications. Pharmacists keep computerized records of patients' drug usage. Pharmacists who work in retail stores may order supplies, buy and sell non-health related items and may supervise staff. Most pharmacists spend a lot of time standing and work approximately 50 hours a week. Some pharmacists work irregular hours which can include evenings, weekends and holidays. Pharmacists may also work part-time or full-time.
High school students should study mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, humanities and social sciences. Students are required to receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in pharmacy which takes 5 years. Students with a BS degree may be able to obtain a position at a community pharmacy, however, hospital employers are generally requiring that individuals complete a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. A Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires at least 6 years of study and does not include a bachelor degree. Students wishing to apply for entry into a College of Pharmacy must have 1 or 2 years of pre-pharmacy education at a college or university that may require the student take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (P-CAT). Graduates of pharmacy colleges may also receive a Master of Science (MS) degree or Ph.D. degree. To obtain the required license, pharmacists must graduate from accredited college of pharmacy, pass a state exam and complete an internship under a licensed pharmacist.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cardinal Stritch University
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Stout
University of Wisconsin - Superior
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Wisconsin Lutheran College
St. Luke's Medical Center
Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee
Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1727 King St.
Alexandria, VA, 22314
American Pharmacists Association
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20037
202/628-4410 or 800/237-APHA (2742)
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
1321 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA, 22314
703/739-1300 or 800/355-2727
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
7272 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD, 20814
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
1600 Feehanville Drive
Mount Prospect, IL, 60056
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Rd.
Alexandria, VA, 22314-2885
703/683-8200 or 800/544-7447
Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
701 Heartland Trail
Madison, WI, 53717
Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 112
Madison, WI, 53703
877/617-1565 or 608/266-2112
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