Length of Training/Requirements
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires at least six years of study beyond high school. The curriculum in Florida, consists of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, pharmacy calculations, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, professional communications, pharmacy management, pharmacy law, evidenced-based pharmacy, clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapy, and clinical clerkships. Some pharmacy programs admit students directly from high school; however, such students may be required to complete pre-pharmacy course work in mathematics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, English, humanities, and the social sciences. Most schools also require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Pharmacy graduates may enter one- or two-year residency programs or fellowships. There is a trend toward greater clinical specialization, which requires residency and fellowship training.
Pharmacists practicing in Florida must have a state license. Graduates of accredited colleges of pharmacy are eligible to take the state licensure exam in Florida. An internship is incorporated into the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Continuing education requirements are required every two years for license renewal.
Licensure as a consultant pharmacist is also available. Specialty board certification is available for nuclear, nutritional support, oncology, and pharmacotherapy areas.
Soreide Law Group represents those seeking admittance to the Florida Board of Pharmacy. We also represent those pharmacists brought in front of the Florida Board of Pharmacy in disciplinary hearings. To speak to a lawyer regarding these issues please call: (888) 760-6552, or visit our website at: www.floridaprofessionallicense.com.