Pharmacy School Cost

How much does pharmacy school cost?

As one of the most popular of the medicine based study areas pharmacy is hotly subscribed. To study to be a pharmacist you need to have studied the sciences before, and the general trend these days is for applicants to have achieved a bachelor’s degree. Costs for studying pharmacy can vary greatly depending upon the school, its location and the course itself.

General Cost

• You will pay anywhere from $4000 to $20,000 per year for study fees at a university pharmacy school.
• The above are fees for in-state students – non resident students can expect to double those figures at least.
• Private pharmacy schools can cost considerably more – anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 for in state students with double for those who are not.
• The application processed is a centrally based one – see www.pharmcas.org for details and advice.

Extra Cost

• As with all areas of study there will be additional costs, these being mainly based around accommodation and equipment.
• Accommodation costs vary with location and type – check with the college for details of campus accommodation costs and alternatives.
• You will need to take the admission test and this is a set fee of $125.
• Books and study aids are likely to cost in the region of $500 per year of study.
• A licence is required to be a registered pharmacist at $270.
• Added fees for lab use and more will be incurred and vary with the school, but will be in the region of $2000.
• Health insurance is a must and can total $2000 for the duration of the course.

Tips

• Pharmacy is one profession where it is possible to have some of your fees refunded by an employer. Check with colleges and the appropriate society for details.
• You may qualify for federal financial assistance – it is worth applying to the relevant bodies a long time in advance in order to know whether you are eligible.

Shopping

• Check out the living costs in the given area and line them up with the college fees – some places that are cheaper to live in may be near to a slightly more expensive college, but the overall picture is a cost saving.
• Consider buying cheap second hand books from students who are ahead of you in the study cycle, or from those who have already qualified.

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