loo said:BS pharmacists had to sit for the boards (national and state) just like PharmD's. The degree is equivalent. One degree is not better than the other.
Why don't more BS pharmacists get a PharmD? Many reasons. Why bother? It is not mandatory to do so. I personally do not feel I need the degree unless I teach, do research, or work in a specialty area. My education was very clinically focused and I felt no need to go on. This is my OPINION.
I believe that the PharmD exists mainly to limit the amount of people going into the profession and keep our profession viable and salaries high. Hear me out before you flame me. This is not to say that the PharmD is worthless degree!
It is much like the guild system of old wherein members want to protect their cottage industries and livelihoods from being destroyed (think OBRA '90, etc)
Let's look at another profession where this has happened--physical therapy. You used to be able to practice with a BS. Salaries were good. More people went into the profession. Salaries went down. Powers that be made the terminal degree MS. Still attractive to folks, salaries decrease. Powers that be make the terminal degree DPT. Too much education---not attractive. Salaries stable. Yes, this is my "simplified" version and does not take into account reimbursement for services, education, laws, etc.
Yes, I realize there is a pharmacist shortage and pharmacy does not, to some degree follow the model. I also realize that there is a hell of a lot information/technology that necessitates increasing the length of time of study. It is strictly my OPINION that it just comes down to job protection.
I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I would be very interested to know what you would do?Oneday_9 said:As the pharmacist profession changes, applications increase, we need to make sure the candidates are qualified with life experience, four years of solid education, and overall create a similiar model as medical school app's.
4 years of undergrad + 4 years of pharmacy school. I think that's all he means.loo said:I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I would be very interested to know what you would do?