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Pharmacy Schools in US – Their number grew by 48 in 14 years

Pharmacy programs usually take six years — two years of undergraduate work at a university or community college and four years of professional training — at the end of which most students earn a doctorate of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

The average pharmacy school student borrows $130,000, according to a 2013 survey of graduates by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Yue Dong, a second-year student at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy, said she became interested in a pharmacy career after volunteering in a hospital and working part-time at a local pharmacy.

Dong said she is not concerned about the job market when she graduates and, as an in-state student, estimated she will graduate with only about $20,000 in debt.

“There’s a lot of talk about it becoming the new law school, but coming from UNC I’m not worried about that at all,” she said.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The Daily Tar Heel :: For pharmacy students, a changing job market.

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