Pursue a Master of Science in Pharmacy Online at the University of Florida
written by: Finn Orfano•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 3/14/2014
If there were ever a good time to pursue a pharmacy degree, it is now. Those with a Pharm.D, and those who have furthered their study with a Master of Science degree, are eligible for some great career opportunities. Read on to learn more!
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The Time is Now
What's your idea of a "hot job"? Careers in the pharmaceutical field may not be the first thing that come to mind. Yet a career in pharmaceuticals is quickly becoming one of the hottest jobs in America, and the road to success can be both easy and convenient.
A person can obtain licensure as a pharmacist after he receives a Pharm. D (which has replaced the Bachelors, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), but career opportunities are opened even wider if ungraduates move forward and achieve a Master of Science in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Licensed graduates with a Master of Science in Pharmacy can find careers in the pharmaceutical field with government and state departments, hospitals and pharmacies, as well as educational venues.
Those considering furthering their career with a Masters of Science in Pharmacy should consider getting their degree online. This makes it even easier to advance at your own pace, while continuing to work and fulfill family obligations.
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University of Florida
Many four-year universities offer curricula in the field of pharmacology including Pharmacy Tech, but the University of Florida is a well established and accredited college that offers a Master of Science in Pharmacy through a distance education program. The master of science degree from Florida College of Pharmacy offers 7 week courses, and must be completed within two years. Tuition is $650 per credit hour, and requires 30 credit hours for completion. This program is non-thesis. While the curriculum is completed online, students must attend three weekend seminars in Gainesville and complete the final exam on site.
This university offers classes over the summer semester that are available to pharmacy students at colleges throughout the country so that they can get ahead in their study. Read about their special summer elective classes.
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Why Pharmacy Careers Are a Good Choice
Some occupational fields are dying out, while others offer little future growth. Opportunities in the pharmacological field, specifically pharmacy careers, are growing exponentially. A large percentage of pharmacists are retiring, and need qualified educated people to fill their positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "The middle half of all pharmacists made between $83,180 and $111,000 per year as of 2010."
A Master of Science in Pharmacy distance education program is the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the potential for continued growth in this field.