Pharmacists are key members of the patient’s healthcare team. The professional responsibilities of pharmacists include, drug delivery and medication safety, patient education and advocacy, monitoring drug therapy, and research and clinical studies. While the majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, there is an increasing demand for pharmacists in a wide variety of occupational settings. Pharmacists work in hospitals and other institutional settings, managed care facilities, the pharmaceutical industry with careers in product development, marketing, public relations and sales.

To become a pharmacist

a student must graduate from an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy or Pharm.D. program. The Pharm.D. degree program typically requires two years of undergraduate coursework followed by four academic years of professional study. The majority of students entering a pharmacy program will have three or more years of college experience.

Successful applicants

to pharmacy programs typically have work experience or exposure to the pharmacy profession. The Biology Department offers pre-pharmacy students internship opportunities that allow them to work with practicing pharmacists. This is an excellent way to gain knowledge and familiarity with the pharmacy profession.

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School of Arts and Sciences

Biology &  Environmental Health Department 

Dr. Jennifer Dennis
Department Chair, Department of Biology & Environmental Health
Asst. Prof of Biology
Reynolds Hall 215
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.3569