Gaining Relevant Experience
Clinical and Community Service Experience
Experience with the pharmacy profession is essential to preparing for pharmacy school. Job shadowing is an excellent way to explore the daily life of a pharmacist and find out if a pharmacy career is the right fit for you. For more information on job shadowing, visit our Job Shadowing Page. There you can download a free copy of our Professional Development Directory for a list of professional shadowing contacts.
Many pre-pharmacy students are also able to obtain experience through employment as pharmacy technicians. It is helpful if your experience is not limited to retail pharmacy, but if you also have exposure to the work of pharmacists in hospitals, compounding pharmacies and long-term care facilities.
In addition, pharmacy school admissions committees prefer applicants who demonstrate a long-term commitment to serving others. If you plan to apply to pharmacy school you should endeavor to gain experience serving the community through volunteer activities.