4mydo | Tara Snyder, Pharm-D
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About Tara Snyder, Pharm-D

Tara is a native Floridian who grew up in Naples, Florida. Tara received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University, followed by her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Upon graduation, Tara was awarded the Eli Lilly Achievement Award for her superior scholarship and professional achievement. Tara continued her educational journey at PBA where she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with a focus on ambulatory care and academia. During her residency experience she gained an in depth knowledge base and hands-on experience delivering pharmaceutical care, providing medication therapy management and managing patients with chronic disease states in a variety of settings.

Tara has recently joined Elite Coastal healthcare in 2017 through her association  MassCare’s. Tara brings a fresh and eager perspective and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and new baby in Palm Beach Gardens.

What is a Clinical Pharmacist (Pharm-D)?

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree (often abbreviated Pharm.D. or PharmD) is required to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).  The NAPLEX is one component of the licensure process required to practice as a pharmacist. The Pharm.D. is a professional degree similar to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). As a doctorate, it represents the increasing responsibility pharmacists have in health care systems and the high trust Americans have in pharmacists. After earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and passing licensure examinations, College of Pharmacy graduates can practice pharmacy anywhere in the country.


Three to four years of undergraduate pre-professional (prerequisite) coursework, followed by four academic years in the professional program. Most students need four years to complete their prerequisite courses. Thus, it usually takes eight years of college study to earn a Pharm.D. and become a pharmacist.