The Benefits of a Hobby

A hobby is not always something we do that is creative. If it is then all the better, because quite often a hobby can turn into a full time job. It is something we can control as to how much time we wish to put into it so it can generate some major income and the bonus is that we own it. To me there has been nothing more self satisfying then seeing my art hobby start to become a career. Anyone can begin at any age, all one needs is the pure passion as the main ingredient to make a small hobby a big reality.

In today’s economic climate people are being made redundant from their nine to five jobs while others are losing their investment money. This can easily cause a ripple effect in a persons psyche, and cause the person to spiral. When this happens, people can begin to live in the gloom of all the bad things that have happened to them in their lives, including the blow of just losing their job.

This is definitely where seeking a hobby can pull a person out of the depths of despair, and get them focusing on something else rather than reliving their past life. A person can so easily be dragged into a black hole and it ends up being their psychological home. This is very damaging to the person themselves and also to the people around them, therefore no popularity contests are going to be won while living in a black hole of despair.

Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, and people will always let us down at some point as jobs are lost and nest eggs disappear. The good thing about life is that there are still hobbies out there that are available to anyone that can see they could make a fair to good income. All that is required to make it all happen is a build up of trust and putting in some time and effort to reap the rewards of something you can successfully own. You can always get other people to help such as family or friends. They may help you extend your hobby into a thriving business.

There are opportunities for growth in a small hobby, they have the ability to be able to stretch to great lengths if we are prepared to put in the time and effort. Doing what you love to do everyday and making an income from what used to be just a hobby is something to be proud of and you can say “I own this.”

Art of Entrepreneurship

Most entrepreneurs are artists because they are in the business of creating or building something new. Something that didn’t exist before them. Otherwise, they are able to creatively improve upon an existing idea.

But not all artists are entrepreneurs. The reason being that it’s difficult for most artists to part with a work after it’s completed. Most times, it has sentimental value to the artist, which is why many artists create for the mere love of it after being inspired. Typically, it isn’t until people start encouraging the artist to sell their work that business even enters their mind. It may start with family members or friends, and spread through word of mouth until you realize you create what someone wants to buy. When it works, it’s a work of art.

Entrepreneurs and artists share at least 7 common traits:

1. Ability to work independently without supervision

2. Seeing inspiration outside of traditional settings

3. Passion for what they create

4. Vision to see the end result before they begin

5. Focus and persistence despite challenges

6. High level of creativity

7. High energy followed by a need for down time to recharge

So it’s not unusual for the two worlds to collide, as it did for artist, Boris Jairala, who discovered a new professional life calling from what began as a hobby. Previous attempts at starting his own business failed. It wasn’t until he combined what he absolutely loved to do, which was paint and create frames, that he found his niche.

Boris was an artist since he was a child, but it wasn’t until his half boxer/half pit bull dog, Chase died after fourteen years that entrepreneurship and art collided. Up to then, Chase had been extremely protective of the family, and a real part of it.

While coping with the loss of his father a week prior and now his dog, Boris threw himself into his art hobby. He painted a portrait of his father and one of his dog. Then, he wanted a place to keep things that were important, so he decided to create a special frame that would hold things behind it. He then wondered if he could also add the ashes. It’s a way to preserve it all in one place.

He can also add audio to it for a special song or recording of the person or pet’s voice. And he customizes the frame to match the interior of a person’s home.

When friends and family visited and saw it, they began asking Boris to create a special frame for them, which is how his new venture was born. He calls it Here After Frames. Below he shares insights and lessons learned.

I had an opportunity to speak with Boris about The Art of Entrepreneurship. Here’s what he had to say.

Q&A INTERVIEW WITH BORIS JAIRALA:

1. When did you first realize you were an entrepreneur?

I realized when I was 19 and bought into my first company. I ran my own office in Manhattan for Body2000.

2. What lessons did you learn from your first business?

I learned how being an inventor and entrepreneur can be most self rewarding career path and a true test of man’s ability to make his own way in this world.

3. When did your passion first become your latest project?

My passion for art and creating started when I was 5. I always enjoyed building and making things. Inventing products and conceptualizing new ideas. I’ve satisfied my need to do this mostly through painting.

4. What lessons have you learned from your latest project?

That ones best and most valuable asset is themselves and if you have something unique and something you truly believe will benefit others… Then go for it. put it out there! I believe in the saying, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to be an entrepreneur?

Fight through discouragement and fear of failure… it can be your worst enemy. Utilizes all your resources… there are many your not aware of.

6. What is your goal now?

The goal now is to have my products sold by most memorial product vendors internationally.

7. Who inspires you in your work?

My father, who lived the “American dream” of arriving here with just a few dollars to his name, to owning his own and very successful auto business within 15 years.

8. What is the best aspect of your work?

The best aspect of my work is that I can use my creativity to actually help someone deal with the grief of a loved one that has passed.

9. What is the worst aspect of your work?

The worst aspect is that I cannot make it available to everyone due to a lack of funds at the moment.

10. What makes your current business unique?

The uniqueness is the product the business is based on. It’s versatility allows us to customize our frames in indefinite ways.

Boris Jairala holds the only patent in the world for this unique frame. He reminds me of another entrepreneur named David Green, who began making miniature wood frames out of his garage in 1997. He loved art and making these little frames. Then, friends began asking David to create the miniature frames for them, so they could buy them. He borrowed a few hundred dollars from family to start making more of them. Today, David is worth $4.5 billion net, listed on FORBES as the owner of Hobby Lobby.

John Ruskin said, “When love and art work together, expect a masterpiece.” That’s the true art of entrepreneurship.

5 Easy Tips on How to Start in Art or Become an Artist

Here are some basic things you need to know about trying to start out as an artist as a hobby or in the art industry. I am just like you, trying to find new hobbies and interests. One of my hobbies are drawing and Art. Here are 5 basic tips on how to start your own art hobby:

Tip 1: Get the Basic Supplies to Start Out! – When wanting to start out, you need all the supplies you need! Get the essentials like a sketchbook, pencils, erasers, paint, markers and etc. Whatever you think you need to use for YOUR area of art. I started with a GIGANTIC sketchbook, erasers, markers, crayons and colored pencils.

Tip 2: Take Some Art Classes or get Drawing books – This is the only way to get better. If you want to like draw specific things, there are a bunch of different books on how to draw like horses, cars, cartoon characters and anything else you can imagine! Or if your not that type of person to teach yourself (Like me), take an art class. I started taking art classes since 6th grade and I loved the fact I got to imagine things and put it on paper! Most art classes have a broad perspective on art. But, each step in these things take time and effort. Try not to rush.

Tip 3: Pick up That Pencil and PRACTICE! – After learning all the things you need to know about drawing from the how-to-draw books or art classes, next step is trying it out see what you learned. Practice makes perfect.

Tip 4: Keep Going – If you like it up to this point, maybe keep going! You have to keep pushing for what you want! Take it further and maybe it could become a career for you! This class would probably help get you better at your drawing and make it become realistic. I’m going to keep taking Art in high school because it interests me and its something I enjoy.

Tip 5: Have fun with it and Enjoy – You can’t always be serious with your interest! You can also live with playing around with art. Be creative. Your art is what you make it to be! I strive everyday trying to find something new in my interest in art and so can you!

Hope this helps you to make your choice of whether to be in art or not!

Debra Thompson is a rising sophomore at West Mecklenburg High School. She is creative, smart, funny, and a hard working student

Art, Hobby and the Personalised Number Plate

The dark nights and mornings, the increase of warm fires and a distinct chill in the air all mean one thing – Autumn is well and truly here.

It’s the time when people knuckle down and hibernate for the winter or they go out and embrace a new hobby or sport. II think it’s a way to avoid the slumber of hibernation. It’s a great excuse to go outside even in the darkest and coldest of days.

I’ve asked the owners why they get a hobby based personalised number plate and time and time again, I get the variations of the same answer.

It’s all about what makes them happy. Many times when they come out of their house and see their car with:

a. their personalised number plate

b. their hobby or sport of interest

it automatically brings a smile to their face.

There is also the owner who likes others to know what they do in their spare time and then there are other customers who buy a personalised number plate displaying their hobby for their partner or family as a gift.

Whatever your reasons for having a personalised mark, there are plenty to choose from. Lets have a look at what can you can get.

Art

If you’re a brush-stroke master like Michaelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci or prefer the watercolours of Monet, you can still draw up the ideal personalised plate. Here are some suggestions:

A9 ART
MS61 ART
AR12 BRH
Bird Watching

With so many beautiful birds to watch in the UK and Northern Ireland, it’s no surprise that birdwatching is a very popular past-time. One can’t help be amazed by the gracefulness and behaviour of this species. If you’re a bird watcher, here are a few choose from:

WA11 YYN
WA11 MED
B7 RCM
Fishing

Similar to bird-watching, this is another favourite past-time. Fishermen get to leave the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy some relaxing ‘me time’ in the solitude of the wonderful UK and Ireland lakes and rivers. If enjoy a spot of fishing, then here a few suggestions for you:

F7 SHY
FL54 SHY
FF11 LLL
Music

Some of us take up an indoors hobby. With so many different musical instruments, us Britons and Northern Ireland residents are packed full of choice as to what instrument to learn. If you’re the next Bruce Springsteen, Rory Gallagher or Mozart, then there are personalised number plates for you. Here are just a few:

67 MUS
MUS 7T
T22 MUS
In summary,

No matter what your hobby, there is a personalised number plate for you. Your sense of adventure can be represented for all to see or just for you to know what it means.

Jayne Henry of Speedy Registrations Ltd – speedyreg.co.uk. Speedy Registrations have been supplying number plates to the public since 1984. Based in Northern Ireland we also specialise in private number plates. They aim to provide a choice of personalised number plates to meet all requirements; and pride ourselves in our highly competitive prices, matched equally by our professional customer care service. Every transfer is conducted in strict accordance with DVLA regulations covering number plates.

Top Ten Ways to Manage Profit at Your Online or Community Pharmacy

An online or community pharmacy must be carefully managed for optimum profitability; occasionally, changes to business processes and marketing strategies should be implemented in order to open up new streams of income, while also improving the success of promotional activities. If you’re looking for ways to make more money through your drugstore, you’ll appreciate these top ten tips for managing profit:

10.) Diversify- Open up your business to new customers by adding holistic herbal products to your inventory. For example, if you currently sell OTC pain relievers, prescription medications, and conventional health aids, why not begin offering your clientele herbal supplements that treat health care conditions in a more holistic way? There is a big market for alternative medicines, and herbal remedies are now more popular than ever before.

9.) Cross-Sell -Make the most of your inventory by using cross-selling techniques to bundle related products. For example, if you’re running an online pharmacy, make sure that your checkout area is programmed with sections that show complementary items. “Bundle” vitamins with delicious herbal teas, prescription medications with special pill boxes that help people to keep their tablets organized, and so on. Offering a few percent off the total price on cross-sold goods is an excellent way to add appeal to this sales technique. People often buy impulsively at the checkout, so cross-selling is an excellent way to boost your profits quickly.

8.) Use Social Media- Create a buzz by promoting your pharmacy on the hottest social networking platforms, such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Pinterest. If you promote properly, the investment of time and energy that you put into reaching out to customers at these websites will definitely pay off. Add photos, blog posts, status updates, and special offers to tempt new buyers, and always respond to any feedback as soon as possible.

7.) Analyze Your Sales- Successful health care entrepreneurs never rest on their laurels; instead, they stay on top of things by analyzing their sales numbers and figuring out exactly which products are most appealing to their clients. To offer people what they really want, check all of your sales records to pinpoint buying trends. Then, consider offering different versions of the items that people buy the most.

6.) Target Your Ideal Customer- Business research doesn’t stop with sales analyses; you must also use market research to profile your ideal customer. Knowing who’s buying from your pharmacy is the key to marketing effectively and stocking your drugstore properly. Use client information to find out where your ideal customer lives and what his or her needs are. Then, market to that demographic or segment.

5.) Become an Expert- Position yourself as an expert in the pharmacy world by writing articles about pharmacy products, offering health care advice, or speaking to your local community. Becoming an expert builds your public profile and creates more trust and rapport with new and existing clientele.

4.) Create a Smart Phone-friendly Website- Today, many shoppers check out businesses online before they buy, and they often use their smartphones to browse the World Wide Web. If your pharmacy website isn’t compatible with a range of electronic devices, including smart phones, it’s time to hire a web development firm that knows how to create a smart phone-friendly environment at your url.

3.) Freshen Your Website Graphics- Nothing is more unappealing than a dated, dusty-looking website that doesn’t have any of the bells and whistles. If you don’t freshen up your graphics to stay current, your customers will soon lose interest. The best pharmacy entrepreneurs know how to adapt to change and keep things interesting; these savvy owner/managers always outsource for the hottest new web design graphics.

2.) Build More Interactivity into Your Pharmacy Web Pages- Whether you’re selling pharmacological products from a community or online pharmacy, you must still offer a business website that acts as a virtual calling card for your company. By building more interactivity into every web page on your website, you’ll create the right atmosphere for success. Hire a web design firm and ask them to add sharing buttons for social media, comment fields, and message boards to boost the appeal and interactivity of your website.

1.) Support a Charity- Your pharmacy is all about the health and wellness of your clients; with this in mind, why not support a charity that also promotes these values? By joining with a reputable and registered charity and donating money and/or time, you will create plenty of publicity and lots of goodwill towards your company. Often, donating to charity is much cheaper than paying for ads, and it’s so fulfilling. Meet prospective clients at local charity events, or donate online and enjoy a better public image that will build your brand.

How Much Does a Pharmacy Technician Earn?

Average earning of a particular profession is perhaps one of the most important parameters that help you decide in favor of or against it. And why shouldn’t it be? Who wouldn’t like to take back home decent wages at the end of a hard day’s work? After all, money plays a vital role in shaping the standard of your life. It is important for securing your family’s and your own future. So, whoever said money should not be a consideration while choosing a career has probably never lived without it.

If you are exploring a pharmacy technician career, then this question must be at the top of your head. We’re here to help answer some of your questions regarding how much they earn on an average.

However, before we get into details about pharmacy techs pay, it’s important to understand what the job entails. Because just like money is important, so is enjoying what you do for a living!

Pharmacy Technician Career

Let’s start with what pharmacy technicians can’t do or rather are not supposed to do. They are absolutely forbidden from giving medical advice to patients who visit their pharmacies. They are not qualified to do so; hence they should resist the urge to not just offer medical advice, but also guide patients on what medication may work better for their condition irrespective of how knowledgeable and experienced they think they are.

Although the duties and responsibilities of a them may vary depending on the type of facility they’re employed in, but in general their day-to-day work involves:

Receiving prescriptions and verifying them for accuracy
Filling prescription medications and labeling them correctly
Preparing intravenous mixtures under supervision
Assisting the pharmacist in inventory management
Answering telephone queries from patients
Storing drugs in a safe and secure manner
Maintaining patient records for reference
Preparing and processing insurance claim forms
Interfacing with customers who visit the store
Operating cash register at checkout
Pharmacy Technician Training

It’s best to start training for a pharmacy technician career in high school itself by taking courses in math, biology, chemistry, computers, etc.

Once you’ve laid the ground by taking appropriate courses in high school, you can choose between a college degree and a vocational pharmacy technician course offered at career schools. A college degree will require a minimum of two years for completion, while a career training course can be completed in a matter of few months.

What’s important is to get certified at the end of your academic study or pharmacy technician training program. Although certification is a hundred percent voluntary, having it just enhances your credibility and with it your job prospects. Certifying examinations are held by organizations like the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT).

Pharmacy technician training should ideally include hands-on experience working in a pharmacy. This training could be incorporated in the curriculum of your pharmacy technician program or you may have to request for an intern position at your local pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technician Pay

The exact earnings of a pharmacy tech depend to a great extent on not just the type of facility he or she is employed in, but also other factors like:

Skill-level
Experience
Certification
Location
The average hourly wages of a pharmacy technician range from $8.03 – $15.56.1 Those who work for a franchise may earn between $7.86 and $13.87 per hour, while pharmacy techs employed in hospitals take home about $9.49 – $19.02. 2

When it comes to experience-level, pharmacy techs with less than one year of experience earn $7.68 – $13.36 per hour, while those with 5-9 years of experience make $9.17 – $17.27 per hour.3

Pharmacy Technician Schools – Things You Should Know

Being a pharmacy technician is quite demanding especially since you are supposed to have enough knowledge of all the types of drugs available, including the latest ones. Also, you have to understand the current laws governing this profession. It is also a must that you understand the existing insurance practices. So, for you to succeed in this career, you have to find the best pharmacy technician training schools. Having enough training before you venture into this industry will help you to cut an edge over the others. Training is also important because it gives you enough skills to do your work well.

So if you really want to become effective in your work as a technician in the medical field, you have to study hard and acquire all the necessary skills. The good thing is that there are many pharmacy technician schools that provide quality training. But before you join any institution for a course in pharmacy technology there are several important things that you have to aware of. Once you have understood these aspects it will be easier for you to become the technologist that you have always wanted. This passage strives to provide you with some of these aspects so that your search for the right institution can be successful.

Points to Note about Pharmacy Technician Schools

• Thorough preparation: Because of the demanding nature of this job, it is imperative that you get enough exposure before venturing into the industry. You have to familiarize yourself with the requirements for this task. This can only be achieved through formal training in a good school. These institutions are important in preparing individuals who wish to venture into this challenging field of medicine. You have to note that even though pharmacy technicians are in demand, more qualified technologists are very much needed.

• Accreditation: If you wish to become a more reliable technologist, you should and must have the right accreditations. These include things like certificates, licenses, recommendations, approval, and so on. The truth is that you cannot get these accreditations without having undergone proper training. Therefore, you should always ensure that the pharmacy technician schools that you consider are credible enough to give you good certificates. Always go for the well established institutions because they are more reliable. Remember, if you do not get the right certificates you won’t the right job.

• Earn more: Having enough training in a credible institution gives you confidence to work in any kind of environment. This in turn gives you a chance to prove your experience to your employers, giving you a better chance of being promoted or given a pay increment. These schools will help you to gain experience in pharmacy technology and thus become the most sought after technologist in your state.

All About Pharmacy Technician Schools

In many countries today, healthcare industry employment continues even while other industries falter, making a health service job a good choice for anyone considering a new career.

Pharmacy technician jobs are one of the main positions seeing drastic increases with hiring expected to increase as much as 25 percent over the next few years. This is a great opportunity for anyone with good attention to detail to consider a career as a Pharmacy Technician or `PT`, especially since it is possible to complete certification programs at reputable pharmacy technician schools in as little as two years and get into a well-paying job soon afterward.

Different Types of Pharmacy Technician Schools

In the US and Canada, some PT jobs do not require any certification or schooling although most do. Those who have schooling and certification are definitely preferable for positions, however, making schooling something that anyone looking at a career as a PT should consider very seriously.

In all likelihood, more jobs will move toward requiring certification as well, so skipping the education may reduce job hire and advancement opportunity.

Pharmacy Technician education is available in programs that last anywhere from 6 months to two years or more, depending on the depth of training.

Like many other medical training and technical programs, the shorter programs give a basic, fundamental overview of what to expect on the job and general education relating to basic pharmacology, pharmacology law, pharmacology records, inventory, labeling, ordering and many other relevant topics to working in a retail pharmacy environment.

Courses and diploma programs

Students that attend the shorter programs usually earn a Pharmacy Technician Certificate for completion of the program, but have no actual approved certifications.

Longer courses offered by schools include specialized diploma programs and Associates Degree courses that last between about 12 months to 24 months.

Diploma programs are great for students who already have some healthcare service experience and want to move into a position as a PT, as well as those entering the field new.

Study usually includes all that is mentioned above, plus pharmacology in more detail, dosage calculation, mixing medications and others, and usually includes an externship to prepare students to take the certification exam. Students completing a diploma course and passing their certification exam will earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician or CPhT.

Associates in Health Sciences with a PT specialty takes two years and is recommended for any individual if there is an interest in both obtaining a college degree, and being able to advance the fastest in their career.

Courses of study are much more in depth and include additional medical subjects. Externships are a required part of the curriculum, as is passing the certification examination. Those with their CPhT and an AS degree stand the best chance of being hired in non-retail pharmacy technician positions, and starting at the highest salaries.

Accredited vocational program

In the UK and many other countries a pharmacy technician is required to complete both an accredited vocational program in pharmacy services and a pharmaceutical science program, and must be registered with numerous UK healthcare organizations.

Courses of study include that which is mentioned above, as well as medicines management for patients and training in running and assisting in hospital clinics and more.

Please note however, in the UK there is a difference between a pharmacy technician and a pharmacy dispenser, with the former having more vocational and educational requirements.

Interested individuals are advised to contact local professional organizations in order to get additional details about attending school to become a PT such as which are the best courses and whether they offer job placement and financial aid.

In the US, contact the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPA) or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), in the UK contact the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and in Canada the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT) to name a few.

Employment After Attending PT Schools

There are actually many more employment opportunities for PTs than most people assume. While the majority of jobs are in retail pharmacy positions there are much more specialized career options for pharmacy techs with the right training.

Hospitals, medication manufacturing and packing companies, medication compounding pharmacies, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities and any type of medical facility that either fills medication prescriptions or dispenses medications directly to patients make use of pharmacy technicians.

These positions can be very rewarding, and tend to pay more as well. Certain qualified technicians also have the ability to counsel consumers and patients on the use of their medications, as well as answer medication questions.

In any case, attending schools that offer the most detailed training and externships, and prepare students to become Certified Pharmacy Technicians are highly recommended for anyone interested in a career in healthcare services that pays well and offers plenty of room for advancement.

Know About Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians are these individuals, who assist licensed Pharmacists to manage and run a pharmacy. Their basic job duties include, safe and effective serving of the customers, provide medications to customers and patients, inform them about various effects and side effects of the drugs, handle cash counter, label the drug bottles and perform numerous other regular pharmacy works.

They work in different types of pharmacies, such as drug stores, retail pharmacies, chain pharmacies and hospital pharmacies. They are also well versed with state and federal pharmacy laws, rules and regulations for effective and safe serving of the patients.

In order to work in a Pharmacy, formal education is not necessary and on-the job training is sufficient. But, appropriate certification, degree, certificate and diploma offer, better career opportunities and lucrative salary. Moreover, the continuous scientific advancement in medical sciences and discoveries of new life saving drugs have also spurted greater demand of medications for sound health cares. Such advancements have also led to the mushrooming of pharmacies all over the country. These drug store owners and hospital medication stores also seek well qualified, trained and efficient technicians to work in their Pharmacy.

A medical store technician can avail different types of Pharmacy training programs from various community colleges, schools and trade schools. Even, numerous online courses are available for obtaining various pharmacy degrees. The duration of training program ranges from less than a year to two years. The training program consists of classroom and on-the job trainings.

The Certification is offered by PTCB and to earn this certification, it is necessary for the pharmacy personnel to pass the competency evaluation test of the certification board. The eligibility of Pharmacy Technician Certification Board certification is high school degree and no felony conviction within 5 years of applying for the certification.

The average pharmacy technician wage is $25,000 to $40,000, depending upon the qualification, education, training and experience. The hourly salary can be estimated at $ 9 to $17.

All You Need to Know About Pharmacy Programs

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most lucrative and numerous fields such that people decide to start a career in this field every single day, and for good reasons. If you want to find out more about this topic and see if a pharmaceutical career would be suitable for you, read below for all you need to know about pharmacy programs.

• You can enroll in a college that offers pharmacy programs immediately after finishing high school. You also have the option of transferring from another college, provided that you have completed a few prerequisite courses with a curriculum similar to the ones followed at the college offering the pharmacy programs. The prerequisite courses revolve around topics such as chemistry, biology, calculus, and physics.

• The application form for pharmacy programs can be easily downloaded online. Students interested in applying have to fill it out and send it via mail post to the college offering the program, before a predetermined a deadline. Each institution that offers pharmacy programs establishes its own requirements for admission, so make sure you study them thoroughly before applying. The most common requirement is having a certain GPA (Grade Point Average), usually above 2.5. Additionally, most colleges will also require students to pass an exam called the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, or PCAT for short, before they are allowed to enroll in the program.

• A professional pharmacy program will award you the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) upon successful completion of the courses. The program lasts for six years and it is divided in two sections: the first two years include pre pharmacy training course, while the remaining four years focus on professional pharmaceutical training. Transfer students from other teaching institutions will be able to enroll directly in the second section of the program.

• Throughout the six years of pharmacy programs, students will gain expertise on topics such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, uses of medications, doses and times of administration, adverse reactions and side effects, as well as various mixtures of medicines. Pharmacy professionals will be able to work in drug stores, pharmacies, hospitals, medical facilities, department stores, or general merchandise stores.

• After completing the program and receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students will be able to schedule their examination with the pharmacy licensing board in order to obtain their license and to be able to practice as a pharmacist. Passing this exam is an absolute requirement in all states of the US and it is called the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

• Some pharmacy programs allow students in their sixth and final year multiple specialization options. Students can choose between Pharmacy Care, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or Health Service Research.

These are the most important things anyone wishing to attend pharmacy programs should know about. Becoming a professional pharmacist can be a very rewarding career choice. So if you are not sure what path you want to take in life, make sure you give this option some consideration; it might just be exactly what you are looking for.