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Pharmacy can be a very rewarding healthcare career for students who have a knack for science and math, who are compassionate with strong communication skills and empathy, and who are detail oriented and highly motivated. ECSU can prepare you for admission to pharmacy school, including the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which maintains a satellite campus at ECSU .

The field of pharmacy is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the role of the pharmacist touches every aspect of healthcare. Graduates from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will have the opportunity to work in a variety of pharmacy fields, including community, health system, manage care, and long-term care pharmacy. In addition, there are many opportunities for careers in academia, drug development, drug information, and pharmaceutical sales.

On the Front Lines of Healthcare. Pharmacists are key members of the healthcare team who work closely with physicians to choose the best medications for their patients. Pharmacists also ensure that patients are taking their medications correctly and are alert for dangerous side effects and interactions with other drugs a patient might be taking.

In Demand. The number of roles that pharmacists play is on the rise, and the demand is likely to stay strong. Pharmacist was number three on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best jobs of 2013. The average salary for a pharmacist in North Carolina is nearly $120,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pharmacy is one of the seven majors that can put you in the top 1 percent of earners the article says.

The Medication Information Expert. Physicians consult pharmacists to determine the best way to use medication to treat patients. Pharmacists ensure that people are taking the medicines they need and that those medications won't be harmful to them.

Respected and Trusted. Pharmacists are among the most approachable and accessible healthcare workers and are seen as one of the most honest and ethical professions.

Leaders in Discovery. Pharmacists work at pharmaceutical companies, research universities, and government agencies to find new and better treatments for diseases.

Learn more at pharmacy.unc.edu and go to our links page.