Gogebic Community College

Pharmacy

Nature of the Work

Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use, composition, and effects of drugs. Compounding - the actual mixing of ingredients to form powders, tablets, capsules, ointments, and solutions - is only a small part of a pharmacists practice, because most medicines are produced by pharmaceutical companies in a standard form and dosage.

Employment

Pharmacists held about 168,000 jobs in 1994. Three out of five worked in community pharmacies, either independently owned, part of a drug store chain, or part of a grocery or department store. Most were salaried, but a substantial number were self employed.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacists is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005, due to the increase of the pharmaceutical needs of a larger and older population and greater use of medication. The median annual earnings of full-time, salaried pharmacists were $49,000 in 1994. Salaries ranged from $26,600 to $68,600.

The Program

The program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide the general education courses that are required to transfer a university. A license to practice pharmacy is requires in all states. To obtain a license, one must graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy, pass a state examination, and serve an internship under a licensed pharmacist.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Pharmacy:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
BIO 250 Human Anatomy
4
BIO 251 Human Physiology
4
PSY 101 Generay Psychology
4
MTH 110 College Algebra
4
MTH 107 Trigonometry
3
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
ECO 201 Macroeconomics
3
SPE 101 Public Speaking
3
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
3
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
74

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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