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Becoming a pharmacist: in numbers

The path to becoming part of the profession can be a rocky one for some. Here are an aspiring pharmacist’s chances at each stage of the process, based on the best available data. Would you make it now?

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Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2020.20208592

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  • Praful

    Interesting and informative article. I wonder whether the advisers can enlighten the readers on the following points:

    (1) I did my pre-reg in early 1970s: six months in hospital setting and six months in industry. Is it still possible to split the pre-reg year? Is it possible (now) to do the WHOLE pre-reg in industry?

    (2) How many schools of pharmacy are there in the UK?

    (3)The article states: some 50 to 100 UK graduates fail for the third and final time the registration assessment. What happens to these graduates? Are they eligible to take the assessment again the following year?

    (4) What percentage of registrants go back to their home countries?

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  • Glad you enjoyed the article Praful. I can answer some of your questions:
    1) You can split the preregistration year but 26 weeks must be spent in a patient-facing role, so you can't do the whole year in industry.
    2) There are currently 32 schools of pharmacy in the UK.
    3) No, if a student fails the registration assessment three times they are not permitted to take it again.
    4) I'm sorry, I don't know the answer to this one.

    Thanks for your interest.
    Best wishes,
    Dawn (features editor)

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  • Praful

    Dawn Connelly, thank you for answering my questions. Take care.

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