The right prescription for your future
If you are a highly motivated student with a strong interest in science and are committed to improving the health of people in your community, then becoming a pharmacist may be the right prescription for your future.
What do pharmacists do?
Pharmacists are the vital—and most accessible—medication experts on a patient's health care team. They
ensure patients get the right medications in the correct doses, keep track of all medications patients take to prevent harmful interactions, and offer advice to physicians and patients to help manage their medication therapies. Millions of Americans trust pharmacists to administer their immunizations and help them manage chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as their everyday aches and pains.
Where do pharmacists work?
While many choose to practice community pharmacy in independent, chain or supermarket
practice in hospitals,
clinics, nursing homes,
home health care
organizations and even
veterinary clinics. They also work in the pharmaceutical industry, law enforcement, government, as well as at private companies and universities.
How much money do pharmacists make?
Average annual starting salaries of our recent graduates range from $105,000 to $122,000, depending upon where they practice. Few degrees match a pharmacy degree's versatility, value
and return on investment.
How do I become a pharmacist?
To become a pharmacist, you must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and pass the national licensure examination. Earning a Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi requires seven years of collegiate study, including three years of prescribed pre-pharmacy courses and four years of professional pharmacy courses.
Will I get a job when I graduate?
Pharmacists enjoy one of the highest employment rates of any profession in the country. Most of our Pharm.D. students receive job offers months before they graduate and are employed within weeks of graduating.
Why is UM the right prescription for my future?
All of our academic degree programs—bachelor's, master's, Pharm.D. and Ph.D.—foster mastery of the practical and theoretical knowledge and analytical, communications and teamwork skills needed in today's rapidly changing health care environment. Because of this balance of knowledge and skills, our graduates are the right prescription for employers everywhere. It's why they are leaders and managers in biomedical research companies, hospitals, government agencies, universities, trade organizations, Fortune 500 companies and every imaginable practice setting.
Our problem-based learning and case-based curriculum increases problem-solving skills and information retention. It also provides ample opportunities to assess and counsel patients, monitor their drug therapies and dispense their medications. As a result, our students' pass rate on the national licensure exam is 98.96 percent, the nation's fifth highest. This makes our graduates highly sought after and their credentials impeccable.
Top-ranked external funding
For fiscal year 2011, the school was ranked No. 6 in the nation for total external funding. The funds enable faculty not only to conduct internationally competitive health-related research but also to share emerging scholarship with students in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
Our energetic and talented research and teaching faculty members successfully seek and secure extramural funding for their internationally competitive research, enabling them to share emerging scholarship with students in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
Oxford Campus—Pre-pharmacy, B.S.P.S. and Pharm.D. students take classes on UM's main campus in Oxford, one of the best college towns in America. While studying here, students enjoy such activities as shopping and fine dining on the historic Oxford Square, visiting William Faulkner's home Rowan Oak, and fishing, camping and kayaking on Sardis Lake.
Jackson Campus—Students in the third professional year move to UM's Medical Center in Jackson for active learning and practice experiences. Jackson is the center of the state's bustling medical enterprise, and its hospitals, medical offices and clinics provide numerous opportunities for students to begin their career-long interactions with physicians, nurses and other health professionals.
With a new pharmacy building at the Medical Center in Jackson and the renovation of Faser Hall, new
state-of-the-art auditorium and expansion of the Thad Cochran Research Center in Oxford, our school's teaching and research facilities are ideal for learning and working in today's high-tech world.
Superb clinical training
Our students practice what they learn in their classrooms and laboratories by working with patients under the supervision of a faculty member or licensed pharmacist. Many of these practical experiences take place at the UM Medical Center, where students apply their therapeutics knowledge and hone their skills in ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, internal medicine, nutrition support, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry and other specialties.
Nurturing mentors and preceptors
In addition to its 99 full-time teaching and research faculty, the School of Pharmacy has more than 270 pharmacists serving as preceptors at nearly 155 sites in Mississippi and the Mid-South.
These preceptors will acquaint you with patient care in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings during your professional rotations. These firsthand—often life-changing—experiences will prepare you to practice wherever you may choose.
"The pharmacy school's introductory & advanced practice experience programs give us the opportunity to be a positive influence on society as a student. At Ole Miss, you don't have to wait until graduation to help patients lead healthier lives."
– Megan Hewitt, PY4
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Friends for life
With enrollment limited to 115 students in each year of our professional program, opportunities abound for developing personal and professional friendships with faculty, preceptors, staff and other students. Many of those friendships will last a lifetime.
Strong alumni network
In addition to its faculty, administrators and preceptors, our school's alumni take pride in supporting and mentoring our students. They know the value of an Ole Miss pharmacy degree and want you to share that experience.
An Ole Miss education is ranked as one of America's Best College Buys by Forbes magazine. With our tuition among the nation's lowest and many of our programs among the nation's finest (e.g., Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College), our students often say Ole Miss provides a private education at a public school price.
UM pharmacy students who maintain a 3.5 grade-point average receive
scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Additional scholarships are awarded to students who earn 4.0 GPAs. The scholarships, which increase as students progress through the curriculum, reward academic performance and are entitlements for which students do not even apply. Tuition scholarships are available to qualified non-Mississippi residents.
Big university benefits
Our students experience amazing SEC athletics year-round, from basketball and baseball to tennis and volleyball, but they also sample numerous visual and performing arts events. It's why Oxford and Ole Miss have been dubbed "the cultural arts Mecca of the new South."
UM's more than 200 student organizations, including more than a dozen pharmaacy groups, provide ample opportunities for you to get involved in philanthropic, recreational and professional activities and develop leadership, communications and teamwork skills.
Our Oxford campus was recently ranked in the top 10 safest campuses in the nation.
Careers in pharmacy, research, teaching and the health care industry abound. Our cutting-edge classes and degree programs will prepare you for a richly rewarding career or for a residency, a fellowship or graduate study in many fields.
How can I jump-start my pharmacy career?
If you think you want to become a pharmacist, you should take as much high school laboratory science (biology, chemistry and physics) and mathematics as you can. You should also achieve a grade of B or better because admission into Doctor of Pharmacy programs is competitive. Next, you must complete three years of pre-pharmacy courses at an accredited college or university. For information on pre-pharmacy courses required for admission to the UM School of Pharmacy, visit www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/prepharmacy/.
Through UM's unique early-entry program, you can apply to the School of Pharmacy during your senior year of high school. If selected, you will be able to interact with pharmacy faculty and students as a freshman and will be eligible for scholarships unavailable to other students. Early-entry applications are available only online (www.olemiss.edu).
If you are completing your pre-pharmacy courses or are not in the early-entry program, you may apply for admission to the UM School of Pharmacy through our regular-entry program. To be eligible, you must complete required pre-pharmacy courses and take the Pharmacy College Admission Test. Regular-entry applications must be submitted online via the Pharmacy College Applications Service (www.pharmcas.org) by November 1 for admission the following August.
For more information about early-entry or regular-entry admission, call us at 662-915-7996, or visit our website at www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (B.S.P.S.)
This four-year undergraduate degree consists of three years of pre-pharmacy (pre-professional) courses and one year of professional pharmacy courses. Although B.S.P.S. graduates interested in practicing pharmacy must complete three additional years of study to earn a Pharm.D., many career opportunities in pharmaceutical research, industry and education do not require this professional degree. Students who earn the B.S.P.S. degree are well prepared for these opportunities, as well as a variety of graduate and professional degree programs such as pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and law.
DOCTOR OF PHARMACY (Pharm.D.)
The Doctor of Pharmacy is the entry-level professional degree that entitles graduates to sit for the national pharmacy licensure exam and practice pharmacy in community, hospital, clinic and other settings. UM confers the Pharm.D. upon B.S.P.S. graduates who complete three additional years of professional pharmacy course work. The first year is devoted to acquiring a firm foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences. During the second year, students develop their problem-solving skills and optimal treatment plans for hypothetical patients. In the third year, students participate in four required five-week rotations (adult medicine, ambulatory care, institutional practice and community practice) and four elective five-week rotations.
MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.S.) AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.)
The University of Mississippi offers master's and Ph.D. degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences with emphases in environmental toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, pharmacology and pharmacy administration. Each of these areas provides opportunities to study and conduct research with renowned faculty and prepares you for positions in academia as well as pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemical and food industries, government agencies and research institutions.
The University of Mississippi is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and its Doctor of Pharmacy program was fully reaccredited in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (www.acpe-accredit.org).
One of the best ways to find out what the UM School of Pharmacy has to offer is to visit our campus. To schedule your visit to experience Ole Miss firsthand, please call the admissions office at 662-915-7226 anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to www.olemiss.edu/admissions/visit.html. We would be happy to show you personally why the UM School of Pharmacy is the right prescription for your future.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
School of Pharmacy
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