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 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)
  • Interview evaluations
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Pharmacy exposure
  • Research Experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors/Awards
Coursework Credit 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.

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