Students are welcome to pursue any major on the path to pharmacy school. While schools require candidates to complete certain prerequisite courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, students are encouraged to pursue additional courses in subjects of their choice.
Pharmacists are licensed to provide information related to medication to patients and other health care professionals. They not only dispense medication, but also monitor patient health and educate patients as to the correct usage of pharmaceutical drugs.
IS THIS CAREER RIGHT FOR YOU?
Are you detail-oriented?
Do you enjoy chemistry and understand its application in daily life?
Are you a good listener?
Would you like to work with patients, educating them and providing directions for the use of medications?
- Start a strong GPA from your first semester. Attend tutoring, supplemental instruction, speak with your professors and advisors to ensure you are getting the assistance you need to perform your best.
- Gain experience by working or volunteering in the pharmacy/health care field. Ideally, try to find a position as a pharmacy technician.
- Get involved on campus in clubs and organizations.
- Begin researching more about the application process and all necessary prerequisite coursework.
- Continue to do well in your courses. Get to know your professors. If possible, become involved in undergraduate research.
- Build more experience working in a pharmacy and get to know pharmacists as you will need to request letters of recommendation as part of your application to pharmacy school.
- Become familiar with the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
- Decide if you will apply to pharmacy school after 3 years of undergraduate coursework or if you will continue your studies to complete a bachelor’s degree. If you will be applying after three years, be certain you have completed all courses necessary for the PCAT by the end of the second year and complete the PharmCAS application.
- If you have applied after three years of schooling, interviews will take place in fall of your third year.
- Continue to do well in courses while gaining work experience in a pharmacy.
- Identify the individuals you will ask for letters of recommendation.
- Students who plan on completing a bachelor’s degree before entering a pharmacy program should plan on taking the PCAT and completing the PharmCAS application after completion of the third year.
- Complete all supplemental applications.
- Prepare for interviews.