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 choice, and 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 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)
Three letters of recommendations
Human Anatomy and Physiology
ENG Lit/ Composition
Liberal Arts Electives
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.