Today’s Pharmacist

“Pharmacist in the Columbia Point Health Center, renamed Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, first health center in the U.S.”

From witch doctors to apothecaries, the study and dispensing of medicinal remedies has been a long sought after trade. A pharmacist is todays medicine man (or woman) and they must meet specific requirements to become one. I recently spoke with Kate Shaker, Pharmacist in Charge at Geiger Gibson Community Health Center , to find out how one becomes a pharmacist.

According to Ms. Shaker, students hoping to attend pharmacy school must first pass the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Pharmacy school can take 4-6 years depending on the program you choose and whether or not you have an undergraduate degree. Some students then complete a residency but it is not required. To become licensed you must pass the state exams.

Pharmacy technicians, on the other hand, must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma.


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