Pharmacists are required to have a PharmD, or doctorate of pharmacy, which can be earned in about six years, according to About.com. College students can enroll in a four-year pharmacy program after completing two years of undergraduate coursework and passing the PCAT (pharmacy college admission test).
About.com states that in addition to extensive educational requirements, pharmacy students are required to practice in a variety of real-life clinical and pharmaceutical settings. The average PharmD program requires students to complete seven to ten rotations, each lasting four to six weeks. Many students do not choose pharmacy school until after they have completed four years of undergraduate coursework. In these cases, it takes eight years to earn a doctorate of pharmacy.