What is the difference between an RPH and a PharmD?


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According to Wikipedia, a Pharm.D., which stands for Doctor of Pharmacy, is a professional doctorate degree in pharmacy while an RPh represents a registered pharmacist with a licence to practice pharmacy. A Pharm.D. degree is a prerequisite for licensing to practice pharmacy.

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What is the difference between an RPH and a PharmD?
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As indicated by Wikipedia, you must obtain a transferable bachelor's degree and then be admitted into pharmacy school, which can range from three years to four years. According to About.com Health Careers, an entry exam is required for most pharmacy schools, typically in the form of the Pharmacy College Admission Test, or the PCAT. Completion of at least 90 credit hours of mathematics, sciences, composition, and humanities at an accredited university is also required to gain entry into a Pharm.D. program. As of 2014, some institutions still offer a six-year accelerated program that combines undergraduate coursework with the Pharm.D. degree, but this is highly controversial as this may not be a long enough period to adequately fulfill doctorate and undergraduate requirements simultaneously.

According to Wikipedia, several pharmacy students complete a bachelor's degree prior to entering pharmacy school due to the highly competitive nature of the field and the large requirements for admittance. After successful completion of the Pharm.D. program, you can register to become a licensed pharmacist, or an RPh.

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