Pre-Pharmacy
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Pre-Pharmacy

Edna Steele, Advisor
Department of Biology

Pre-Pharmacy is a 2-, 3-, or 4-year program required for admission to pharmacy school and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The length of the pre-pharmacy program depends upon the abilities of the individual student, the pharmacy school of her choice, and her career goals. At most pharmacy schools, the majority of the first year students already have a 4-year baccalaureate degree. Pre-Pharmacy students need to show a strong aptitude toward the natural sciences. Since pharmacy schools vary in their admission policies, a student should contact the school of her choice for its exact requirements. Admission to most pharmacy schools is based on the following:

  • Successful completion of Prerequisite Courses
  • Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA
  • PCAT scores (composite and writing)
  • Interview evaluations
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Pharmacy exposure
  • Research Experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors/Awards

CourseworkCredit Hours
General Chemistry 8 hours
Organic Chemistry 8 hours
Biology 8 hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology 6 hours
Physics 6 hours
Calculus 3 hours
ENG Lit/ Composition 3 hours
Verbal Skills 3 hours
Psychology 3 hours
Liberal Arts Electives 9 hours


Application Tips

In addition to the above courses, some pharmacy schools require BIO 312 (Microbiology) and specific courses in the humanities.

Most Converse Pre-Pharmacy students major in chemistry or biology. Many pharmacy schools require prospective students to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test.