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Pre-Pharmacy

Last updated September 27, 2016

Students interested in pharmacy take courses to prepare them for a professional program at a college of pharmacy. Depending on the professional program that is selected, a student may spend between one and four years at Morningside before transferring for professional training.  Coursework in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and completion of the PCAT Test are required by most pharmacy programs.

Understanding your undergraduate path: 

Students at Morningside College who identify as Pre-Pharmacy typically major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites. Below are some common minimum course requirements, however, each institution offering a Pharmacy program has its own undergraduate prerequisites, so applicants should contact the school or college of their choice for specific requirements. Be sure to consult with your First Year Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or college of pharmacy that you plan to attend.  

  • General Biology with Lab (two semesters)
  • Physics with Lab (two semesters)
  • General Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) with lab (two semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (two semesters)
  • Calculus (in some cases Algebra or Statistics) (one-two semesters)
  • English (two semesters)
    • While pharmacy schools vary in their pre-reqs., several require English Comp I & II; First Year Seminar and CIC will count for those offerings, however, some schools will also require an additional speech component, which is not covered by these courses.  Those students would need to take Advanced Public Speaking at some point.

See Suggested 4 Year Plans by Major (Biology, Chemistry)

Students need to also consider the following requirements during their undergraduate path:

  • Must take PCAT (strive to achieve composite percentile rank above 70%)
  • Recommended involvements to be competitive in the application process: research, shadowing, volunteer service hours, and earned awards

Applying for Pharmacy School:

As defined on the PharmCAS website: “The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is a centralized application service to apply to multiple degree programs offered by schools and colleges of pharmacy. PharmCAS is designed for first-year professional Pharm.D. degree programs and/or graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences.”   

PharmCAS Website

The following are additional items needed when applying to Pharmacy School:

  • Will take four years to complete Doctorate of Pharmacy
  • Will have an interview
  • Write an essay
  • Write a personal statement
  • Need letters of recommendation
  • Please refer to recommendations in “Understanding your Undergraduate Path”

Additional Resources:

American Association of College of Pharmacy

Career Services – Graduate School Information

PharmCAS

Purdue Pharmacy Program