The College of Idaho has a cooperative program in Pharmacy with Idaho State University for students who wish to become pharmacists. Through this coooperative program, students attend C of I for at least three years, complete the appropriate PEAK requirements, along with the prerequisites of ISU’s College of Pharmacy, after which they can take advantage of the two dedicated admission seats leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D). After two years in the ISU program, students are awarded the BS degree from C of I. After two more years, they will earn a Pharm.D.
Pharmacist responsibilities include a range of care for patients, from dispensing medications to monitoring patient health and progress to maximize their response to the medication. Pharmacists also educate consumers and patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, and advise physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on drug decisions. They ensure drug purity and strength and make sure that drugs do not interact in a harmful way.