Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacists care for patients' drug-related needs in community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care settings. Many pharmacy programs require two years of pre-pharmacy college courses followed by four years in a pharmacy program leading to a doctor of pharmacy degree. Some schools also require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) to be taken.

Typical pre-pharmacy prerequisites

  • General chemistry (two semesters)
  • Organic chemistry (two semesters)
  • Physics (two semesters)
  • General biology (one semester)
  • Microbiology (one semester)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (one or two semesters)
  • Economics (one semester)
  • Calculus (one or two semesters)
  • Communication (one semester)
  • English composition (one or two semesters)