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Plan to start a business in the pharmaceutical industry? You’ll first need a pharmacy license. Your state issues these business licenses to professionals who have proven their ability to understand the pharmacy industry through training, exams, and practice.

Studying to Become a Pharmacy Professional

There are many roles you may have in the pharmacy industry that require a pharmacy license, including:

  • Pharmacist
  • Owner of pharmacy
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Veterinary food animal drug retailer
  • Pharmacy wholesaler

All require some version of the pharmacy license, so check with your state’s business licenses, permits & tax agency to find out what the specific requirements are.

Studying to become a pharmacist or other pharmacy professional requires more than a few hours of classes. Most states require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy or related studies, as well as a set number of hours working in the industry before they will grant you your health license in pharmacy.

If you’re deciding to become a pharmacist today, it may take up to 6 to 8 years to get the coursework you need completed, if you don’t already have college credits.

Once you pass the exam that comes after your degree, you will be eligible to apply for your pharmacy license. You’ll need to prepare proof of your pharmacy exam results, as well as fill out an application detailing how you plan to use your pharmacy license. Give it a few weeks for your state business license agency to review your application and approve it. Whether you’re planning to work independently as a pharmacy for a private company or start your own community pharmacy, you must first make sure your pharmacy license application is approved.