Curing viruses, the common cold, and infectious diseases, and mixing different drug compounds while taking eight hour classes, may sound like the job description of a scientist working for a top-secret government operation. However, these qualities describe a special kind of student.
These are just some of the typical characteristics of an Auburn pharmacy student. These are also our future pharmacists that will be responsible for creating the drugs used to treat the health problems of the future.
Luckily they have stepped up to the challenge.
Pharmacy students have a love for chemistry, science and a special kind of creativity. It is one that allows for the ability to mix different compounds to create the drugs necessary to cure even the smallest ailment.
Professional student in the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Cappy Bice is familiar with this.
Bice is a second year student in Auburn’s pharmacy program working towards Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is on her way to becoming one of America’s future pharmacists.
Bice started down the path to a career in pharmacy because of her love for chemistry combined with the desire to help others.
“I like healthcare and helping people,” Bice said, “so pharmacy really seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I like how pharmacy is more preventative care, instead of waiting until somebody gets sick and then trying to help them. With pharmacy you can really help people before they ever get sick.”
According to Bice, pharmacy is the perfect combination between science and facts while also having the ability to form relationships and relate to patients.
She says a typical day in pharmacy school will most definitely include an 8 a.m. class.
There is a lab that focuses on compounding prescriptions, which involves mixing different ingredients together to create a compound that will help a patient, and even an eight hour course where students study drugs and diseases. This one class makes up the first two years of the pharmacy program.
“Right now we are learning about infectious diseases,” Bice said, “which includes bacteria and viruses. But we also learn about all the different drugs and all of the different diseases throughout the few years of pharmacy school.”
Also included in the major are courses that deal with learning how to manage a pharmacy and the role that pharmacy will play in the future.
The work load that this major requires is not to be taken lightly.
“You can expect to be studying most nights of the week,” Bice said. “It’s definitely a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it if it’s really what you want to do.”
Bice plans on working in a hospital after finishing school at Auburn and credits her professors and Auburn’s pharmacy program for her knowledge and experiences.
“Auburn is one of the best pharmacy schools,” Bice said. “I always hear pharmacists and preceptors say that Auburn students are the ones that know the most when they come out of school, so that is very encouraging.”