What is pharmacy?

Pharmacy is the business of providing medication, both prescription and over-the-counter varieties.

What should I look for in an online pharmacy school?

The best online pharmacy schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online pharmacy schools based on:

  • The school’s name and status
  • The school’s history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online pharmacy school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online pharmacy programs are available?

The following levels of pharmacy degree online programs are available:

  • Online Pharmacy Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Pharmacy
  • Online Bachelor in Pharmacy
  • Online Masters in Pharmacy
  • Online PhD in Pharmacy

How long does it take to get an online pharmacy degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online pharmacy degree depends on the level of pharmacy degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Pharmacy Certification Programs – 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Pharmacy Associates Degree – 2 years
  • Online Pharmacy Bachelor Degree – 4 years
  • Online Pharmacy Masters – 2 years
  • Online Pharmacy PhD – 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online pharmacy courses?

Curriculum in an online pharmacy degree program will cover the range of conditions for which medication is frequently prescribed, and the specialized business practices necessary for operating or working in a pharmacy. Some courses may include:

  • Pharmaceutical Care
    This introductory course furnishes students with a compendium of information regarding proper pharmacy operation and protocol.
  • Clinical Assessment
    This course teaches students to develop real-world skills in identifying drugs, eliminating inaccuracies, and simply handling the day-to-day operations of pharmacy work.
  • Narcotic Drug Regulations
    Students will be familiarized with the laws regulating the prescription and use of narcotics.
  • Drug Interactions
    This course will teach students how to check for possible dangerous drug interactions and prevent patients from being given incompatible prescriptions.
  • Drugs for Different Disorders
    An examination of treatable and preventable cardiac, respiratory, psychiatric, and other disorders and the drugs used to treat them.

What areas of pharmacy specialization are available?

Students’ career paths could take a very different direction depending on what area of specialization they decide to pursue. Possible concentrations include:

  • Pharmacy and Business
  • Pharmacy and Health Care
  • Pharmacy and Law
  • Pharmaceutical Education
  • Pharmaceutical Toxicology

What can I do with a pharmacy degree?

Pharmacy jobs offer good wages and benefits. Graduates of online pharmacy degree programs will be prepared to work as:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Aides
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Pharmaceutical Research Assistants
  • Pharmaceutical Consultants

What is a pharmacist?

A pharmacist manages a pharmacy, and is directly responsible for filling prescriptions written out by physicians.

What does a pharmacist do?

Pharmacists will typically meet customers and fill prescriptions for them. There are additional duties that must be performed, including consultation and recommendation of non-prescription medications.

How much does a pharmacist earn?

The average annual salary of a pharmacist is $106,410. Job growth is expected to be faster than the average rate. Because of the limited availability of accredited pharmacy programs, job prospects for fully trained and licensed candidates will be excellent.

How do I become a pharmacist?

Students interested in how to become a pharmacist must bear in mind that all pharmacists in the United States must be officially licensed. Generally, earning a doctor of pharmacy degree is a prerequisite for licensure.

Pharmacy Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Ohio State University-Main Campus
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210
http://www.osu.edu
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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
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The University of Texas at Austin
2608 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX, 78712
http://www.utexas.edu
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University of Florida
355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL, 32611
http://www.ufl.edu/
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA, 98195
http://www.washington.edu
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI, 53706
http://www.wisc.edu
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Purdue University-Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN, 47907
http://www.purdue.edu
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Austin Community College District
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX, 78752
http://www.austincc.edu
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University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ, 85721
http://www.arizona.edu
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Rutgers University-New Brunswick
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
http://www.rutgers.edu/
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University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX, 77204
http://www.uh.edu
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Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://WWW.TEMPLE.EDU
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University of Georgia
125 Cedar St.
Athens, GA, 30602
http://www.uga.edu
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University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
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Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA, 23284
http://www.vcu.edu/
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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
http://www.wayne.edu
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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH, 45221
http://www.uc.edu
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The University of Tennessee
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN, 37996
http://www.tennessee.edu
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University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
http://www.utah.edu
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University of Kansas
Jayhawk Dr
Lawrence, KS, 66045
http://www.ku.edu
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Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
http://www.nova.edu
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University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599
http://www.unc.edu
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West Virginia University
Stewart Hall University Avenue
Morgantown, WV, 26506
http://www.wvu.edu/
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University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14214
http://www.buffalo.edu
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University of South Carolina-Columbia
514 Main St
Columbia, SC, 29208
http://www.sc.edu/
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University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
San Diego, CA, 92093
http://www.ucsd.edu
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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
http://www.pitt.edu
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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
http://www.northeastern.edu
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University of New Mexico-Main Campus
1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.unm.edu
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University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL, 60607
http://www.uic.edu/index.html/
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University of Kentucky
175 Funkhouser Dr
Lexington, KY, 40506
http://www.uky.edu
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Washington State University
French Administration Building
Pullman, WA, 99164
http://www.wsu.edu/
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University of Connecticut
115 N Eagleville RD
Storrs, CT, 6269
http://www.uconn.edu
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Auburn University Main Campus
Auburn Alabama
Auburn, AL, 36849
http://www.auburn.edu
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE, 68588
http://www.unl.edu/
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University of Colorado Denver
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO, 80217
http://www.ucdenver.edu/
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University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH, 43606
http://www.utoledo.edu/
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Oregon State University
1500 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR, 97331
http://oregonstate.edu
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St. John's University-New York
8000 Utopia Pky
New York, NY, 11439
http://www.stjohns.edu
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Tulsa Community College
6111 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK, 74135
http://www.tulsacc.edu
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Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC, 29634
http://www.clemson.edu
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Thomas Edison State College
101 W State St
Trenton, NJ, 8608
http://www.tesc.edu
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Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI, 48128
http://www.hfcc.edu
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Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
http://www.grcc.edu
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University of Rhode Island
8 Ranger Road
Kingston, RI, 2881
http://www.uri.edu/
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University of Mississippi Main Campus
Oxford Mississippi
Oxford, MS, 38677
http://www.olemiss.edu
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The University of Montana
Missoula Montana
Missoula, MT, 59812
http://www.umt.edu
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University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO, 64110
http://www.umkc.edu/
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Northwest Vista College
3535 North West Ellison Dr
San Antonio, TX, 78251
http://www.alamo.edu/nvc/default.asp
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North Dakota State University-Main Campus
1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo, ND, 58108
http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu
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Vincennes University
1002 N First St
Vincennes, IN, 47591
http://www.vinu.edu
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Il State Rte 157
Edwardsville, IL, 62026
http://www.siue.edu
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Ferris State University
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI, 49307
http://www.ferris.edu/
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Idaho State University
921 S 7th Ave
Pocatello, ID, 83209
http://www.isu.edu
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South University-Savannah
709 Mall Blvd
Savannah, GA, 31406
http://www.southuniversity.edu
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University of Wyoming
Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Laramie, WY, 82071
http://www.uwyo.edu
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South Dakota State University
Administration Lane
Brookings, SD, 57007
http://www.sdstate.edu
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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
2525 Pottsdamer St.
Tallahassee, FL, 32307
http://www.famu.edu
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Hinds Community College
505 East Main Street
Raymond, MS, 39154
http://www.hindscc.edu
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Delta College
1961 Delta Road
Frankenlust Township, MI, 48710
http://www.delta.edu
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Amarillo College
2011 S. Washington
Amarillo, TX, 79109
http://www.actx.edu
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St Philips College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr
San Antonio, TX, 78203
http://www.alamo.edu/spc/
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Georgetown University
37th and O St NW
Washington, DC, 20057
http://www.howard.edu
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Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
http://www.duq.edu
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Purdue University-Calumet Campus
2200 169th St
Hammond, IN, 46323
http://www.calumet.purdue.edu
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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
51 Main Street
Perkinston, MS, 39573
http://www.mgccc.edu
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Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St
Houston, TX, 77004
http://www.tsu.edu
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University of Louisiana Monroe
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA, 71209
http://www.ulm.edu
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Rose State College
6420 S E 15th
Midwest City, OK, 73110
http://www.rose.edu
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Palo Alto College
1400 Villaret
San Antonio, TX, 78224
http://www.alamo.edu/pac/htm/
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Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus
University Plaza
New York, NY, 11201
http://www.liu.edu
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Northwest Mississippi Community College
4975 Hwy 51 N
Senatobia, MS, 38668
http://www.northwestms.edu
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College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, ID, 83301
http://www.csi.edu
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Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA, 31207
http://www.mercer.edu
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Itawamba Community College
602 W Hill St
Fulton, MS, 38843
http://www.iccms.edu
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Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE, 68178
http://www.creighton.edu
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Eastern Arizona College
615 N. Stadium Ave.
Thatcher, AZ, 85552
http://www.eac.edu
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Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL, 60628
http://www.csu.edu
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Concordia University-Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI, 53097
http://www.cuw.edu
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Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA, 18634
http://www.luzerne.edu
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University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX, 78209
http://www.uiw.edu
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Holmes Community College
#1 Hill St
Goodman, MS, 39079
http://www.holmescc.edu
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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA, 95211
http://www.pacific.edu
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University of Maryland-Baltimore
520 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
http://www.umaryland.edu
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Kilgore College
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX, 75662
http://www.kilgore.edu
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Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18766
http://www.wilkes.edu
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Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave
Battle Creek, MI, 49017
http://www.kellogg.edu
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Campbell University Inc
450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC, 27506
http://www.campbell.edu
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Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50311
http://www.drake.edu
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Paris Junior College
2400 Clarksville St
Paris, TX, 75460
http://parisjc.edu
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Reading Area Community College
10 S Second St
Reading, PA, 19603
http://www.racc.edu
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Angelina College
3500 South First
Lufkin, TX, 75902
http://www.angelina.edu
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Hampton University
2 E Tyler St
Hampton, VA, 23668
http://www.hamptonu.edu
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Northeast Community College
801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, NE, 68702
http://www.northeast.edu
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Saint Xavier University
3700 W 103rd St
Chicago, IL, 60655
http://WWW.SXU.EDU
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Southwestern Oklahoma State University
100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, OK, 73096
http://www.swosu.edu
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East Mississippi Community College
1512 Kemper Street
Scooba, MS, 39358
http://www.eastms.edu/
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Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Dr
Cheyenne, WY, 82007
http://www.lccc.wy.edu
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