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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, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use, composition,and clinical effects of drugs. Pharmacists in community or retail pharmacies counsel patients as well as answer questions about prescription drugs, such as possible adverse reactions or interactions. They provide information about over-the-counter drugs and make recommendations after asking a series of health questions, such as whether the customer is taking any other medications. They also assess, plan, and monitor drug regimens. They counsel patients on the use of drugs while in the hospital and on their use at after being discharged. Pharmacists may also evaluate drug use patterns and outcomes for patients in hospitals or managed care organizations. Pharmacists who work in home health care monitor drug therapy and prepare infusions —solutions that are injected into patients — and other medications for use in the home. Most pharmacists keep confidential computerized records of patients’ drug therapies to ensure that harmful drug interactions do not occur. They frequently teach pharmacy students serving as interns in preparation for graduation and licensure. Some pharmacists specialize in specific drug therapy areas such as psychiatric disorders, intravenous nutrition support, oncology, nuclear pharmacy, and pharmacotherapy.
After your first three years at Mississippi College, you can then transfer to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (Oxford, MS) to complete a BS in pharmaceutical science. This degree does not allow the practice of pharmacy.
Admission to this program is competitive. Requirements include:
The prepharmacy program at Mississippi College, which meets the minimum required prerequisites for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, includes the following courses:
After completion of the first professional year on the Oxford campus the student will be awarded a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and will continue in the Doctorate of Pharmacy Program. The second professional year will also be on the Oxford campus. The third year will be at the UM medical center in Jackson, MS. The fourth year of the professional program will be at an approved pharmacy.
Entrance to the pharmacy program requires passing the PCAT exam. The average PCAT score of pharmacy students is 67. The average GPA for prepharmacy course work is 3.3.
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First Professional Year:First Semester
First Professional Year:Second Semester
Second Professional Year:First Semester
Second Professional Year:Second Semester
Third Professional Year:First Semester
Third Professional Year:Second Semester
Fourth Professional Year
Each student will participate in four required five-week rotations (medicine, ambulatory care, institutional practice, and community practice) and four five-week elective rotations for a total of 40 weeks of experiential education during the period beginning in June following completion of the PY3 year and ending with May commencement of the succeeding year. The electives must be in different areas of training. Students also must register for Seminar Skills Development II (PRCT 567) during one semester of the PY4 year.
Upon completing the Pharm.D. degree you are required to pass the NABPLEX, the national pharmacy board exam to be licensed to practice pharmacy. The exam is taken the month following graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the yearly average median pay for pharmicists in 2012 was $116,670.
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Mississippi College's physical address is 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056.