Pharmacy students’ perceptions of natural science and mathematics subjects

Prescott, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-8612-2495, Wilson, Sarah Ellen and Wan, Kai-Kai (2014) Pharmacy students’ perceptions of natural science and mathematics subjects. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78 (6). ISSN 0002-9459

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Objective. To determine the level of importance pharmacy students placed on science and mathematics subjects for pursuing a career in pharmacy. Method. Two hundred fifty-four students completed a survey instrument developed to investigate students’ perceptions of the relevance of science and mathematics subjects to a career in pharmacy. Pharmacy students in all 4 years of a master of pharmacy (MPharm) degree program were invited to complete the survey instrument. Results. Students viewed chemistry-based and biology-based subjects as relevant to a pharmacy career, whereas mathematics subjects such as physics, logarithms, statistics, and algebra were not viewed important to a career in pharmacy. Conclusion. Students’ experience in pharmacy and year of study influenced their perceptions of subjects relevant to a pharmacy career. Pharmacy educators need to consider how they can help students recognize the importance of scientific knowledge earlier in the pharmacy curriculum.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: science, mathematics, pharmacy students, career
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 15:17
Identification Number: 10.5688/ajpe786118

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