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Working As A Pharmacy Internship

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $36,473

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacy Internship Do

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

Duties

Pharmacists typically do the following:

  • Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medication to give to patients
  • Check whether prescriptions will interact negatively with other drugs that a patient is taking or any medical conditions the patient has
  • Instruct patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine and inform them about potential side effects they may experience from taking the medicine
  • Give flu shots and, in most states, other vaccinations
  • Advise patients about general health topics, such as diet, exercise, and managing stress, and on other issues, such as what equipment or supplies would be best to treat a health problem
  • Complete insurance forms and work with insurance companies to ensure that patients get the medicines they need
  • Oversee the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)
  • Keep records and do other administrative tasks
  • Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients

Some pharmacists who own their pharmacy or manage a chain pharmacy spend time on business activities, such as inventory management. Pharmacists also must take continuing education courses throughout their career to keep up with the latest advances in pharmacological science.

With most drugs, pharmacists use standard dosages from pharmaceutical companies. However, some pharmacists create customized medications by mixing ingredients themselves, a process known as compounding.

The following are examples of types of pharmacists:

Community pharmacists work in retail stores such as chain drug stores or independently owned pharmacies. They dispense medications to patients and answer any questions that patients may have about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or any health concerns that the patient may have. They also may provide some primary care services such as giving flu shots.

Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They spend little time dispensing prescriptions. Instead, they are involved in direct patient care. Clinical pharmacists may go on rounds in a hospital with a physician or healthcare team. They recommend medications to give to patients and oversee the dosage and timing of the delivery of those medications. They also may conduct some medical tests and offer advice to patients. For example, pharmacists working in a diabetes clinic may counsel patients on how and when to take medications, suggest healthy food choices, and monitor patients’ blood sugar.

Consultant pharmacists advise healthcare facilities or insurance providers on patient medication use or improving pharmacy services. They also may give advice directly to patients, such as helping seniors manage their prescriptions.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists work in areas such as marketing, sales, or research and development. They may design or conduct clinical drug trials and help to develop new drugs. They may also help to establish safety regulations and ensure quality control for drugs.

Some pharmacists work as college professors. They may teach pharmacy students or conduct research. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Pharmacy Internship

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy program. They must also be licensed, which requires passing licensure and law exams.

Education

Prospective pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a postgraduate professional degree. In July 2014, there were 130 Doctor of Pharmacy programs fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Admissions requirements vary by program, however, all Doctor of Pharmacy programs require applicants to take postsecondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Most programs require at least 2 years of undergraduate study, although some require a bachelor’s degree. Most programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish, although some programs offer a 3-year option. Some schools admit high school graduates into a 6-year program. A Pharm.D. program includes courses in chemistry, pharmacology, and medical ethics. Students also complete supervised work experiences, sometimes referred to as internships, in different settings such as hospitals and retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacists who own their own pharmacy may choose to get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in addition to their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Others may get a degree in public health.

Training

Following graduation from a Pharm.D. program, pharmacists seeking an advanced position, such as a clinical pharmacy or research job, may need to complete a 1- to 2-year residency. Pharmacists who choose to complete the 2-year residency option receive additional training in a specialty area such as internal medicine or geriatric care.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states license pharmacists. After they finish the Pharm.D. program, prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a number of hours as an intern, which varies by state.

Pharmacists who administer vaccinations and immunizations need to be certified in most states. States typically use the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program as a qualification for certification.

Pharmacists also may choose to earn a certification to show their advanced level of knowledge in a certain area. For instance, a pharmacist may become a Certified Diabetes Educator, a qualification offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or earn certification in a specialty area, such as nutrition or oncology, from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Certifications from both organizations require varying degrees of work experience, as well as passing an exam and paying a fee.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication.

Communication skills. Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take a medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns.

Computer skills. Pharmacists need computer skills to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted.

Detail oriented. Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill. They must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks.

Managerial skills. Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and oversee a staff.

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Pharmacy Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

56.4%

Male

38.6%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Asian

24.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

5.1%

Black or African American

1.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.9%

Vietnamese

11.8%

Chinese

7.4%

Hindi

7.2%

Mandarin

7.0%

Korean

6.3%

Cantonese

5.1%

Arabic

5.0%

French

4.7%

Russian

4.1%

Gujarati

3.4%

Urdu

2.5%

German

1.7%

Japanese

1.5%

Italian

1.3%

Portuguese

1.2%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Romanian

0.6%
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Pharmacy Internship Education

Schools

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

13.9%

Temple University

9.3%

Albany College of Pharmacy

6.4%

Duquesne University

6.2%

University of the Sciences

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.4%

University of Florida

5.3%

Saint John's University - New York

4.6%

Nova Southeastern University

4.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%

University of Southern California

3.9%

LIU Brooklyn

3.7%

Midwestern University

3.5%

Roseman University of Health Sciences

3.5%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Howard University

3.3%

Xavier University of Louisiana

3.3%

University of Rhode Island

3.3%

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy

3.2%
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Majors

Pharmacy

80.8%

Biology

4.3%

Chemistry

2.5%

Business

2.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.2%

Pharmacology

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Public Health

0.8%

Psychology

0.7%

Health Sciences And Services

0.6%

Management

0.5%

Nursing

0.5%

Clinical Psychology

0.5%

Education

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.3%

Medicine

0.3%

Medical Assisting Services

0.3%

Health And Wellness

0.3%

Marketing

0.3%
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Degrees

Doctorate

53.5%

Other

18.1%

Bachelors

17.0%

Masters

7.0%

Certificate

1.8%

Associate

1.6%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Pharmacy Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacist Intern MTH, LLC Milwaukee, WI Mar 03, 2016 $125,220
Pharmacist Intern Zaibakprn, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 04, 2015 $125,220
Pharmacist Intern Hayat Pharmacy 6, LLC Greenfield, WI Sep 04, 2015 $125,220
Pharmacy Intern Anderson Bros. Town & Country Pharmacy Sacramento, CA Aug 24, 2016 $108,056
Pharmacist Intern Anderson Bros. Town & Country Pharmacy Sacramento, CA Aug 31, 2016 $108,056
Pharmacist Intern Janali, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 14, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern HNZ, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 14, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern MTH, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 14, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern Janali, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 28, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern VLV Orange Pharmacy Inc. East Orange, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $104,433
Pharmacist Intern Tesh LLC Newark, NJ Sep 22, 2015 $104,433
Pharmacy Intern VLV Orange Pharmacy Inc. East Orange, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $104,433
Pharmacist Intern Zinovia & Co, LLC Sanford, NC Sep 18, 2016 $104,350
Pharmacist Intern Malabar Pharmacy LLC Palm Bay, FL Nov 09, 2016 $104,350
Pharmacist Intern Sphinx Pharmacy Group Inc. Houston, TX Jul 29, 2015 $99,279
Pharmacist Intern Synergy Community Pharmacy LLC San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $98,500 -
$110,000
Pharmacist Intern Synergy Community Pharmacy LLC San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2016 $98,500 -
$110,000
Pharmacist I (Intern) Eastpointe Medical Pharmacy LLC Eastpointe, MI Sep 15, 2016 $97,797
Pharmacy Intern CBA Pharmacy Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 09, 2016 $96,824
Pharmacy Intern Nash Drug, Inc. Rocky Mount, NC Sep 22, 2016 $96,816
Pharmacy Intern Med Express Drug Systems, Inc. Perris, CA Sep 03, 2015 $94,625
Pharmicist Intern Starx Pharmacy Inc. Leesburg, FL Sep 01, 2015 $50,881
Pharmacist Intern RX Care 17, LLC Pompano Beach, FL Aug 01, 2015 $48,000
Pharmacist Intern RX Care 17, LLC Pompano Beach, FL Jan 08, 2015 $48,000
International Pharmacist Intern Great Care Pharmacy, Inc. FL Sep 01, 2015 $45,914
Pharmacy Intern SVTC Pharma, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $45,240
Pharmacy Intern The Pharmacy Store, LLC Apopka, FL Apr 10, 2015 $44,678
Pharmacist Intern Pars Pharmacy Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 16, 2015 $43,826

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Top Skills for A Pharmacy Internship

PharmDrugTherapyPharmacistSupervisionIVOTCDrugInformationQuestionsCustomerServicePrescriptionOrdersCounselPatientsRPHMedicationTherapyManagementNewPrescriptionsFillingPrescriptionsPatientCareDrug-DrugInteractionsDiabetesPyxisDataEntryPrescriptionMedicationsInsuranceCompanies

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Top Pharmacy Internship Skills

  1. Pharm
  2. Drug Therapy
  3. Pharmacist Supervision
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed Pharmacist functions under supervision of a Preceptor.
  • Process new prescriptions while assessing drug therapy to ensure safety and effectiveness.
  • Performed order entry, prescription transfers and medication dispensing under pharmacist supervision.
  • Familiarized with the processes for Pyxis, IV compounding, 340B billing, medication safety within an institutional setting.
  • Established positive customer rapport counseling patients regarding prescription and OTC medications.

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