This is the VOA Special
English Education Report.
Two listeners, Youngmin Kim in South Korea and Nestor Gastelo in Peru, would
like us to talk about pharmacy education in the United States. This will be the
subject today in our Foreign Student Series.
"Pharmacists are health professionals who assist individuals in making the
best use of medications." That description comes from the Code of Ethics of the
American Pharmacists Association.
The job may include filling doctors' orders and helping people choose
medicines that can be sold without a prescription. A pharmacist might also
answer questions from patients and work with medical devices and other
Community pharmacists work in drug stores. Pharmacists are also employed by
hospitals and drug companies.
Pharmacists in the United States must meet the professional requirements of
the state where they want to work.
Many universities have a college of pharmacy. Since two thousand four, these
offer only a doctor of pharmacy degree. The program takes four years.
Students generally enter pharmacy school after two years of general courses.
Pharmacy students must be skilled in mathematics and the sciences. They must
also take the Pharmacy College Admission Test.
After they earn their degree, they must complete a residency training program
in a hospital or other setting. One year is required, but a second year can be
added in a specialty area like cancer care or infectious diseases.
After their residency, pharmacists must pass the licensing examination given
by their state.
Foreign students who plan to train in the United States and return home
should make sure their degree will be recognized there. In the same way,
foreign-trained pharmacists who want to work in the United States must be sure
that their degree will be recognized here.
Even so, they will have to complete a residency in the United States. For
more information, check with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists,
Foreign-trained pharmacists must also pass a certification process. More
information about that is available from the National Association of Boards of
Pharmacy, on the Web at nabp.net.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. We will have links to these two sites at voaspecialenglish.com. You
can also get the full details from VOA News about the killings Monday at
Virginia Tech. I'm Bob Doughty.
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