What does it take to become a pharmacist?

2-4 years Undergraduate = Pre-requisite courses & Optional Bachelor’s degree
ME = 3 years = Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences
4 years Graduate School = School of Pharmacy (traditional semester system)
ME = 4 years = Doctorate degree = Doctor of Pharmacy degree = Pharm.D.
1-2 years Optional Post-Graduate Training = Residency or Fellowship
ME = 2 years = ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency &                                     PGY2 Critical Care Residency

TOTAL = ME = 9 years

Board Examinations:

National: NAPLEX 

State: Depends on State (CA is CPJE)

Board Certified Pharmacist Specialist (optional): Several specialty certifications available 

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