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Pre-Pharmacy

Last updated May 20, 2019

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, as well as 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:  

  • 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)
  • English Composition I and English Composition II 
  • Advanced Public Speaking (not required for all programs)

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 Academic Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or college of pharmacy that you plan to attend.

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

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

  • Take PCAT (strive to achieve composite percentile rank above 70%)
  • Involvements to help to be competitive in the application process including research, shadowing, and volunteer service hours

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:

  • An interview
  • An essay and  personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

Additional Resources:

American Association of College of Pharmacy

Career Services – Graduate School Information

PharmCAS

Purdue Pharmacy Program