Career preparation

Pharmacy practice is an important part of total health care. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care professional and critical health care team members. First and foremost, pharmacists care for their patients. They help patients find and receive the best results from their specific medication therapy. They also help patients prevent diseases through providing wellness services such as immunizations and health screenings. Pharmacists are medication experts who understand the use, composition and effect of drugs and how human behavior affects the outcome of treatment. They need a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, physiology and math. They use their knowledge and skills in medication, health and disease, adherence, patient assessment, cultural competency, education, business, health care systems and technology to improve patient outcomes.

In addition to providing patient care services, a pharmacist employed in a community pharmacy may have other duties, such as hiring and supervising personnel and overseeing the operation of the pharmacy. A pharmacist employed in a hospital or clinic dispenses inpatient and outpatient prescriptions and advises the medical and nursing personnel on the selection and effects of drugs. Some put their pharmaceutical training to other uses such as sales, teaching, research or writing.

There are a wide range of career opportunities available to Pharmacists. Some of which include: community pharmacies, hospitals, schools of pharmacy, research labs, nursing homes, the military, Indian Health Services, physician offices, state and federal health agencies, drug enforcement agencies, insurance companies, health information technology companies and disaster response teams to name just a few. The average starting salary for a pharmacist is more than $120,000 annually.

Academic program

Missouri State collaborates with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy (SOP), which offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree through the UMKC School of Pharmacy at Missouri State University, located in Brick City, Building #1 downtown Springfield, MO. The UMKC SOP has campus sites in Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield. Applicants are able to list their preferred campus site for admission. UMKC will admit 95 students to the Kansas City campus, 30 to the Springfield-MSU site, and 30 to the Columbia-Mizzou site. High grades (specifically in the science & math courses), high PCAT scores, pharmacy experience and applying early in the application process will better enhance applicant’s admission into the PharmD program, and more specifically into the applicant’s first choice of campus site.

Generally, a minimum of approximately 60 hours of prerequisites needed for admission into a PharmD program. Applicants typically take two or more years to complete their prerequisites in order to improve their cumulative and science/math grade point averages for competitive entry.

For a list of equivalent coursework to complete at Missouri State University necessary for admission to the UMKC PharmD program please see UMKC's Transfer Course Sheet.

UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU contact information

UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU
Brick City, Building 1
4th Floor
327 W. Mill Street
Springfield, MO 65806

Phone: 417-837-3600

Fax: 417-837-3625


Other Missouri pharmacy program

The other school in Missouri that offers a Pharmacy degree is St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy admits students as graduating seniors from high school.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy contact information

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
4588 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO, 63110-1088

Phone: 314-367-8700



Occupational Outlook Handbook Description of Pharmicist

Overview of Pharmacy

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Society of Health System Pharmacists

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

KU School of Pharmacy Website

Majors for Pre-Pharmacy



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Missouri State Pre-Pharmacy Advisement

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor
Department of Chemistry
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5506

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor
Department of Biology
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5126

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5603