Infusion pharmacists specialize in the preparation of medicines for patients needing treatment via intravenous or subcutaneous methods. Patients who receive infusions typically undergo chemotherapy and require strong antibiotics, or need aggressive pain management. There are other reasons to have an infusion, including parental nutrition or hormonal therapy. Infusion pharmacists require knowledge of these kinds of treatments and the skills to combine and mix the drugs properly. This takes an advanced degree along with good judgment, an excellent work ethic, and the ability to develop good relationships with co-workers, prescribing physicians, and patients. Begin with your undergraduate degree. The first step is to complete your undergraduate degree. Students take two years of college courses with a heavy concentration in chemistry, biology, math, and physics. During this time, you need to keep your grades high and work closely with your college guidance counselor.
  • Apply to pharmaceutical school. Many universities offer a pharmaceutical degree (Doctor of Pharmacy or Pharm.D). This degree teaches about drugs, dosages, and their interactions. Typically, the first part of the application process involves taking an entrance examination. The time spent completing this degree can take up to five years.
  • Take the licensing exam. Each state has licensing requirements for Pharm.D graduates. Contact your state licensing board for information. Any study or preparatory work that you might need to do should be completed prior to sitting for the examination.
  • Complete a residency. If a residency is offered, take it and concentrate on infusion therapy.
  • Gain experience. In the beginning, you will need to gain experience as an entry level pharmacist. To stay on your career track, work in a hospital setting where infusions and intravenous medicines are prepared for in-house patients.
  • Learn your job. As you work, you will learn more about preparing medications, drug interactions, and any new drugs and treatments for patients needing your expertise.
  • Earn continuing education credits. In order to keep your license as a pharmacist, you have to complete continuing education credits. Keep track of how many hours you need and what courses are available. You employer and licensing board can refer you to instructors and classes.
  • Apply for a position. Once you have the required experience, apply for your new position as an Infusion Pharmacist. Typically, employers want candidates who have at least one year of direct experience working with infusion therapies.
AHS Pharmstat is a leading healthcare staffing company specializing in relief and permanent placement for pharmacists and pharmacies throughout the United States.  We currently have positions open for Infusion Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in many states.  To locate an opportunity near you, click on "job listings" on our website  Complete a "quick apply" and you will be one of the first to hear about opportunities in your area.

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