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Pharmacists

Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by doctors and they also provide information to customers regarding side effects and the usage of drugs. They have knowledge about the laws that regulate the manufacturing and sales of drugs. A pharmacist also has knowledge about the composition of medicines and how drugs interact with each other.

Most pharmacists work in community pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians often assist pharmacists with dispensing medications. Some pharmacists focus on dispensing drugs, whereas others oversee an entire store.

Some pharmacists specialize in particular drug therapy areas including oncology, geriatric pharmacy and nuclear pharmacy. A number of pharmacists are involved in research for pharmaceutical manufacturers, whereas others work in marketing and sales.

Some sample job titles are staff pharmacist, registered pharmacist, clinical pharmacist and hospital pharmacist.

Responsibilities

  • Review prescriptions to make sure they are accurate
  • Order, inspect, store and dispense drugs
  • Provide information about side effects of drugs to their customers
  • Accurately measure and pack medicines
  • Educate customers on how to take medications
  • Assess the identity, purity and strength of medications
  • Plan, implement and maintain procedures for mixing, packaging and labeling pharmaceuticals according to legal requirements and policy
  • Provide advice to customers on choosing medication brands and healthcare supplies
  • Consult with other healthcare professionals in order to plan, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of drugs and drug regimens
  • Maintain records of the drugs

Job Characteristics

Pharmacists work in clean and well-ventilated settings. Many pharmacists stand for a large portion of their working day. Most pharmacists work 40 hour per work. Some pharmacists work part-time. They may work at night and during the weekends and holidays. Consultant pharmacists may travel to healthcare facilities in order to monitor patients' drug therapies. In addition, a pharmacist should have good interpersonal skills and scientific aptitude. They also need to be detailed oriented.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 17 percent employment growth for pharmacists from 2008 to 2018 which is faster than the average for all occupations. The growing number of middle-aged and senior citizens will increase the demand for pharmacists.

In 2008 the median annual earnings of wage and salary pharmacists was $106,410. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $131,440.

Pharmacists working for chain drugstores may move up to pharmacy supervisor or store manager positions. Those working in hospitals may advance into supervisor or administrative positions. Some pharmacists become owners or part-owners of independent pharmacies.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Pharmacists are required to have a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. In order for applicants to be eligible for a Pharm.D. program they must have completed at least two years of specific professional study. This requirement usually includes courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, social sciences and the humanities. Pharm.D. programs typically take four years to finish. In addition to classroom learning, students spend time working with licensed pharmacists in a variety of practice settings.

Although not specifically required, most candidates have completed three or more years at a college or university before entering a Pharm.D program. Some Pharm.D. graduates receive additional training via a one or two year residency program or a fellowship. Residency programs are often required for pharmacists that want to work in a clinical setting. Pharmacy fellowships are designed to prepare individuals for working in a specialized area of pharmacy such as research or clinical practice.

Every state requires a license to practice pharmacy. Typically, to acquire a license, a candidate must earn a Pharm.D. degree from a college of pharmacy that has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. They must also pass a series of examinations.

All states require a candidate to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam. The majority of states also require candidates to take the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam which focuses on pharmacy law. The states that do not require candidates to take the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam have their own pharmacy law exam.

Every jurisdiction requires candidates to have gained a specified number of hours of experience in a practice setting before they can obtain a license. In addition, every state allows licensure for graduates of foreign pharmacy schools.

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Major Employers

The primary employers are community pharmacies, hospitals, nursing home pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Pharmacists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Pharmacists jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 1750 $118,570
Hoover 1750 $118,570
Huntsville 470 $131,010
Mobile 420 $118,590
Montgomery 360 $116,790
Tuscaloosa 240 $120,260
Foley 220 $116,940
Fairhope 220 $116,940
Daphne 220 $116,940
Dothan 220 $120,840
Muscle Shoals 170 $126,890
Florence 170 $126,890
Decatur 150 $124,750
Opelika 120 $110,830
Auburn 120 $110,830
Gadsden 90 $126,650
Jacksonville 90 $140,780
Anniston 90 $140,780
Oxford 90 $140,780
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 290 $139,660
Fairbanks 60 $139,290
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 4000 $123,100
Phoenix 4000 $123,100
Scottsdale 4000 $123,100
Tucson 1110 $116,120
Flagstaff 130 $134,310
Prescott 110 $128,020
Yuma 100 $139,140
Kingman 90 $143,690
Lake Havasu City 90 $143,690
Douglas 40 $136,160
Sierra Vista 40 $136,160
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 1460 $116,670
North Little Rock 1460 $116,670
Little Rock 1460 $116,670
Jonesboro 180 $120,650
Hot Springs 120 $119,460
Pine Bluff 80 $120,180
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 10210 $140,520
Long Beach 10210 $140,520
Los Angeles 10210 $140,520
Hayward 3710 $145,680
Oakland 3710 $145,680
San Francisco 3710 $145,680
Ontario 2750 $141,700
San Bernardino 2750 $141,700
Riverside 2750 $141,700
San Diego 2220 $134,200
Carlsbad 2220 $134,200
Sacramento 2050 $148,880
Roseville 2050 $148,880
Arden 2050 $148,880
Arcade 2050 $148,880
Santa Clara 1470 $145,920
San Jose 1470 $145,920
Sunnyvale 1470 $145,920
Fresno 760 $149,680
Bakersfield 700 $145,130
Lodi 650 $145,550
Stockton 650 $145,550
Thousand Oaks 580 $125,740
Ventura 580 $125,740
Oxnard 580 $125,740
Santa Rosa 480 $148,660
Modesto 280 $146,210
Salinas 250 $139,580
Santa Barbara 250 $147,400
Santa Maria 250 $147,400
Visalia 230 $140,630
Porterville 230 $140,630
Arroyo Grande 220 $137,890
San Luis Obispo 220 $137,890
Paso Robles 220 $137,890
Chico 180 $150,250
Santa Cruz 150 $153,210
Watsonville 150 $153,210
Redding 140 $143,100
Napa 110 $134,190
Yuba City 100 $145,530
Madera 90 $139,540
Merced 90 $142,130
Hanford 70 $142,390
Corcoran 70 $142,390
El Centro 70 $146,800
Fairfield N/A $145,330
Vallejo N/A $145,330
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 3530 $122,900
Denver 3530 $122,900
Lakewood 3530 $122,900
Colorado Springs 610 $115,430
Boulder 310 $127,230
Fort Collins 240 $126,440
Pueblo 170 $122,670
Grand Junction 130 $124,590
Greeley 120 $120,610
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 870 $124,090
West Hartford 870 $124,090
Hartford 870 $124,090
Stamford 650 $127,690
Norwalk 650 $127,690
Bridgeport 650 $127,690
New Haven 530 $117,650
Danbury 150 $126,690
Waterbury 140 $105,320
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover N/A $119,140
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 7150 $121,660
West Palm Beach 7150 $121,660
Miami 7150 $121,660
Tampa 3300 $117,020
Clearwater 3300 $117,020
St. Petersburg 3300 $117,020
Orlando 2710 $123,180
Sanford 2710 $123,180
Kissimmee 2710 $123,180
Jacksonville 1660 $118,020
Cape Coral 670 $123,190
Fort Myers 670 $123,190
Sarasota 650 $119,820
North Port 650 $119,820
Bradenton 650 $119,820
Brent 510 $120,780
Ferry Pass 510 $120,780
Pensacola 510 $120,780
Daytona Beach 480 $120,960
Deltona 480 $120,960
Ormond Beach 480 $120,960
Winter Haven 430 $115,540
Lakeland 430 $115,540
Gainesville 420 $112,480
Port St. Lucie 410 $123,690
Tallahassee 370 $117,390
Naples 260 $119,930
Immokalee 260 $119,930
Marco Island 260 $119,930
Ocala 240 $120,520
Destin 210 $122,390
Crestview 210 $122,390
Fort Walton Beach 210 $122,390
Panama City 190 $122,140
Vero Beach 150 $123,540
Sebastian 150 $123,540
Punta Gorda 90 $124,790
The Villages 80 $110,770
Sebring 80 $120,710
Homosassa Springs 70 $116,320
Titusville N/A $118,430
Palm Bay N/A $118,430
Melbourne N/A $118,430
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 5210 $118,530
Atlanta 5210 $118,530
Sandy Springs 5210 $118,530
Savannah 470 $112,740
Macon 300 $109,200
Clarke County 280 $118,960
Athens 280 $118,960
Gainesville 180 $119,460
Albany 160 $117,270
Warner Robins 160 $121,680
Rome 130 $116,360
Valdosta 130 $121,110
Brunswick 120 $131,690
Dalton 110 $122,820
Hinesville 30 $113,130
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1230 $118,920
Lahaina 100 $121,190
Wailuku 100 $121,190
Kahului 100 $121,190
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 670 $122,290
Coeur d'Alene 150 $112,330
Pocatello 100 $115,350
Idaho Falls 90 $115,230
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 420 $129,060
Rockford 320 $122,630
Peoria 290 $124,390
Urbana 190 $121,810
Champaign 190 $121,810
Bloomington 150 $125,390
Marion 120 $126,150
Carbondale 120 $126,150
Decatur 110 $129,160
Kankakee 100 $123,340
Danville 90 $121,160
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 2410 $121,380
Anderson 2410 $121,380
Carmel 2410 $121,380
Fort Wayne 460 $119,880
West Lafayette 210 $110,810
Lafayette 210 $110,810
Muncie 190 $117,610
Terre Haute 140 $121,280
Elkhart 130 $122,490
Goshen 130 $122,490
Bloomington 120 $123,950
Kokomo 90 $118,470
Columbus 80 $116,580
Michigan City 70 $117,580
La Porte 70 $117,580
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 880 $112,980
Des Moines 880 $112,980
Iowa City 340 $116,700
Cedar Rapids 260 $112,850
Cedar Falls 170 $115,300
Waterloo 170 $115,300
Dubuque 120 $114,850
Ames 70 $116,890
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 630 $121,820
Topeka 230 $120,780
Lawrence 220 $116,230
Manhattan 80 $118,650
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 680 $115,720
Fayette 680 $115,720
Bowling Green 140 $124,240
Fort Knox 120 $119,640
Elizabethtown 120 $119,640
Owensboro 80 $129,880
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 1250 $109,890
Metairie 1250 $109,890
Baton Rouge 760 $114,830
Lafayette 560 $115,640
Bossier City 400 $121,670
Shreveport 400 $121,670
Monroe 230 $114,920
Thibodaux 210 $108,890
Houma 210 $108,890
Lake Charles 210 $118,390
Alexandria 190 $115,170
Hammond 170 $129,210
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 620 $121,080
South Portland 620 $121,080
Bangor 150 $126,650
Auburn 70 $121,410
Lewiston 70 $121,410
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 3760 $122,130
Towson 3760 $122,130
Columbia 3760 $122,130
Lexington Park 60 $119,140
California 60 $119,140
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 340 $125,430
Gardner 170 $125,310
Leominster 170 $125,310
New Bedford 130 $118,640
Pittsfield 70 $131,410
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 4010 $118,930
Detroit 4010 $118,930
Warren 4010 $118,930
Grand Rapids 950 $118,150
Wyoming 950 $118,150
Flint 480 $119,440
Ann Arbor 470 $117,810
Portage 320 $119,510
Kalamazoo 320 $119,510
Lansing 320 $122,610
East Lansing 320 $122,610
Muskegon 210 $114,820
Saginaw 200 $117,980
Jackson 160 $116,540
Monroe 120 $120,070
Midland 110 $118,840
Benton Harbor 100 $117,790
Niles 100 $117,790
Bay City 80 $119,780
Battle Creek 70 $117,230
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 610 $130,640
St. Cloud 200 $129,400
Mankato 100 $115,390
North Mankato 100 $115,390
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 740 $120,960
Pascagoula 350 $120,430
Biloxi 350 $120,430
Gulfport 350 $120,430
Hattiesburg 190 $131,210
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 660 $128,930
Columbia 210 $123,860
Jefferson City 210 $133,570
Joplin 170 $127,370
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 200 $110,780
Billings 200 $121,950
Great Falls 100 $113,900
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 360 $118,020
Grand Island 80 $115,950
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1850 $127,270
Henderson 1850 $127,270
Las Vegas 1850 $127,270
Reno 340 $121,920
Carson City 40 $139,040
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 180 $127,050
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 270 $120,840
Atlantic City 270 $120,840
Trenton 260 $115,860
Vineland 120 $113,930
Bridgeton 120 $113,930
Ocean City N/A $119,460
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1140 $120,260
Santa Fe 130 $121,140
Las Cruces 110 $135,840
Farmington 70 $117,980
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 1440 $120,340
Cheektowaga 1440 $120,340
Buffalo 1440 $120,340
Albany 1100 $118,900
Troy 1100 $118,900
Schenectady 1100 $118,900
Rochester 790 $115,750
Syracuse 580 $129,920
Utica 470 $129,250
Rome 470 $129,250
Binghamton 210 $122,240
Glens Falls 160 $127,800
Fort Drum 110 $128,870
Watertown 110 $128,870
Kingston 100 $125,960
Elmira 80 $126,240
Ithaca 40 $130,360
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1280 $121,180
Durham 930 $122,510
Chapel Hill 930 $122,510
Salem 860 $122,030
Winston 860 $122,030
High Point 660 $126,360
Greensboro 660 $126,360
Asheville 510 $121,650
Fayetteville 360 $123,870
Wilmington 330 $120,380
Morganton 330 $135,000
Lenoir 330 $135,000
Hickory 330 $135,000
Greenville 230 $129,840
Burlington 140 $136,470
New Bern 120 $125,690
Jacksonville 110 $129,650
Rocky Mount 110 $139,540
Goldsboro 100 $127,180
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 130 $117,120
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 2590 $119,290
Cleveland 2590 $119,290
Columbus 2140 $116,670
Akron 1060 $123,760
Toledo 940 $116,210
Dayton 610 $121,150
Massillon 410 $120,960
Canton 410 $120,960
Springfield 150 $126,790
Lima 140 $118,200
Mansfield 90 $121,750
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1640 $119,960
Tulsa 820 $119,760
Lawton 130 $109,710
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 330 $125,920
Eugene 290 $121,410
Medford 180 $126,360
Redmond 170 $122,550
Bend 170 $122,550
Corvallis 120 $129,790
Grants Pass 60 $123,630
Albany 50 $123,680
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 3090 $113,980
Harrisburg 610 $119,360
Carlisle 610 $119,360
Scranton 590 $112,520
Wilkes 590 $112,520
Hazleton 590 $112,520
Barre 590 $112,520
Lancaster 400 $119,140
York 320 $122,400
Hanover 320 $122,400
Reading 310 $123,240
Erie 250 $111,780
State College 170 $123,350
Bloomsburg 160 $116,960
Berwick 160 $116,960
Altoona 140 $120,610
Johnstown 120 $123,120
Lebanon 90 $115,560
Chambersburg 90 $125,260
Waynesboro 90 $125,260
East Stroudsburg 90 $125,650
Williamsport 80 $125,960
Gettysburg 40 $114,030
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 1600 $91,650
Caguas 1600 $91,650
San Juan 1600 $91,650
Ponce 120 $94,820
Arecibo 110 $77,540
Aguadilla 100 $88,990
Isabela 100 $88,990
Mayag´┐Żez 70 $96,980
San German 50 $83,250
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 1010 $121,520
North Charleston 1010 $121,520
Columbia 960 $118,170
Mauldin 810 $130,020
Anderson 810 $130,020
Greenville 810 $130,020
Spartanburg 320 $127,700
Florence 260 $128,000
Beaufort 250 $120,370
Bluffton 250 $120,370
Hilton Head Island 250 $120,370
Sumter 90 $123,330
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 630 $116,330
Rapid City 160 $119,420
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 2830 $121,370
Franklin 2830 $121,370
Davidson 2830 $121,370
Nashville 2830 $121,370
Knoxville 1080 $120,940
Johnson City 310 $116,790
Jackson 180 $121,720
Morristown 100 $140,980
Cleveland 90 $116,140
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 6080 $121,480
Houston 6080 $121,480
Sugar Land 6080 $121,480
Dallas 5860 $122,080
Fort Worth 5860 $122,080
Arlington 5860 $122,080
San Antonio 1990 $127,740
New Braunfels 1990 $127,740
Round Rock 1500 $125,280
Austin 1500 $125,280
El Paso 560 $122,960
Edinburg 440 $146,440
McAllen 440 $146,440
Mission 440 $146,440
Corpus Christi 420 $132,720
Killeen 400 $119,580
Temple 400 $119,580
Port Arthur 360 $123,070
Beaumont 360 $123,070
Lubbock 310 $131,440
Brownsville 270 $147,620
Harlingen 270 $147,620
Amarillo 260 $122,130
Tyler 240 $122,980
Bryan 160 $129,890
College Station 160 $129,890
Abilene 150 $117,470
Midland 150 $133,660
Longview 140 $144,680
Waco 130 $138,500
Wichita Falls 100 $126,860
Odessa 100 $149,750
Victoria 90 $145,010
Sherman 80 $121,170
Denison 80 $121,170
San Angelo 80 $127,350
Laredo 80 $148,530
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1400 $118,800
Orem 410 $119,780
Provo 410 $119,780
Ogden 410 $119,940
Clearfield 410 $119,940
St. George 130 $122,510
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 210 $135,210
Burlington 210 $135,210
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1410 $119,570
Roanoke 380 $130,420
Charlottesville 280 $124,510
Lynchburg 190 $124,110
Harrisonburg 130 $121,250
Radford 110 $130,940
Blacksburg 110 $130,940
Christiansburg 110 $130,940
Waynesboro 80 $130,050
Staunton 80 $130,050
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 3320 $124,300
Seattle 3320 $124,300
Bellevue 3320 $124,300
Spokane 690 $121,490
Spokane Valley 690 $121,490
Tumwater 210 $123,370
Olympia 210 $123,370
Kennewick 180 $141,590
Richland 180 $141,590
Silverdale 150 $130,240
Bremerton 150 $130,240
Yakima 140 $117,790
Bellingham 130 $120,960
Wenatchee 120 $124,140
Longview 90 $135,390
Mount Vernon 80 $122,530
Anacortes 80 $122,530
Walla Walla 60 $128,530
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 370 $120,930
Morgantown 330 $115,570
Beckley 180 $136,370
Vienna 80 $119,360
Parkersburg 80 $119,360
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1890 $128,940
Waukesha 1890 $128,940
Milwaukee 1890 $128,940
Madison 930 $119,970
Green Bay 290 $119,780
Racine 250 $139,450
Eau Claire 170 $125,970
Appleton 150 $132,210
Janesville 130 $123,920
Beloit 130 $123,920
Oshkosh 130 $136,330
Neenah 130 $136,330
Wausau 90 $125,120
Sheboygan 70 $125,340
Fond du Lac 70 $138,840
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 120 $119,360
Casper 80 $120,680

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Pharmacists

To find out more about building a career as Pharmacists, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Pharmacists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 58,670 40% $104,850
Department And General Stores 29,240 20% $112,460
Grocery Stores 21,690 15% $107,420
Government 8,390 5% $99,680
Medical Office 6,690 4% $105,520
Office Services And Staffing 5,220 3% $108,340
Non-store Retailers 4,320 2% $102,490
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 3,160 2% $102,280
Business Management 1,610 1% $111,450
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  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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