Pharmacists (Pharm.D.) are the primary dispensers of medicines and health supplies. They serve as a prime source of information on health topics. They are specialists in the science of drugs, including their composition, chemical and physical properties, manufacture and use, purity and strength. Pharmacists may work in community practice, hospital pharmacies, federal programs, sales and marketing, or research and development. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree takes four years of study in pharmacy school. The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required for all applicants.

Minimum Required Courses

  • Biology
    BIO 123 Biology I
    BIO 222 Cell and Molecular Biology
    BIO 325 Microbiology
    BIO 363-364 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry
    CHM 111-112 General Chemistry
    CHM 201-202 Organic Chemistry
    CHM 305 Quantitative Analysis
  • Mathematics
    MTH 222-223 Calculus
  • Physics
    PHY 101-102 General Physics or
    PHY 111-112

Special Considerations

  • Additional Courses
    • CHM 415 Biochemistry
  • Shadowing and/or internship experience with a pharmacist
  • Volunteer work

Admissions Tests


  • Apply to schools through service
  • What schools look for:
    • the interview
    • grades
    • test scores
    • recommendations
    • personal statement
    • shadowing/volunteer work

Useful links

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