Prospective health professions students' misperceptions about pharmacists

Erin Hickey, Joseph DiPiro, Frank Romanelli

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Public misperceptions about the pharmacy profession have the potential to impact pharmacy education, practice, and the health of those who pharmacists serve. Student misperceptions of the profession can lead to fewer applicants to pharmacy schools and frustration among pharmacy students and faculty members. With the recent decline in applicants to Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs, professional pharmacy organizations, colleges and schools of pharmacy, and individual pharmacists must implement strategies that mitigate these misperceptions. This commentary discusses the potential impact of prospective health students’ (ie, students pursuing admission to health professional programs) misperceptions on the supply of quality candidates to PharmD programs. Strategies to elevate the image of the profession at the individual and collegiate level are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7195
Pages (from-to)1175-1178
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019

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© 2019, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.


  • Admissions
  • Misperception
  • Prospective health students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy


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