WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES?
In making decisions about admissions, pharmacy schools consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or above.
It is recommended, and often required, that you complete the following courses:*
|Biology||1 year w. lab (generally BIO 150 and BIO 227)
Microbiology w. lab (BIO 231)
Anatomy & Physiology w. lab (BIO 243)
Animal Physiology with lab (BIO 247) may be needed to satisfy Anatomy & Physiology requirements
|Chemistry||1 year Gen Chem w. lab (CHEM 125 & 126 OR CH/BI 125, 126 & 227 OR CHEM 121, 123, and 126) OR CHEM 122 & 126
1 year organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 247/253 & 248/254)
Biochemistry (CHEM 379) is recommended
|Physics||1 year with lab (PHYS 124 & 125) check individual graduate schools, some only require one semester|
|Math & Stats||Calculus (MATH 119 or 120)
Statistics – (STAT 110 or 212)
|Economics||Principles of Economics (ECON 121)|
|English||Two composition courses recommended in additional to literature and public speaking – often satisfied by WRI and ORC courses|
Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)
- Prerequisites for all pharmacy schools
- University of Minnesota
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Iowa
- Creighton University
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
- Purdue University
WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?
Professor Doug Beussman (Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Chemistry)
Office: RNS 436 Phone: 507-786-3429 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?
WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?
WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*
- Internship(s): It is extremely important to gain experience in the field through interning at a pharmacy, a department of health, a community clinic, etc. Students may choose to become pharmacy technicians as preparatory experience for the field of pharmacy. Internships outside of pharmacy are highly beneficial as well.
- Shadowing: If unable to secure an internship, it is important that you shadow a number of pharmacists in different settings for 50-100+ hours.
- Volunteering: It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be in healthcare or outside of healthcare, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Pharmacy schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences. They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
- Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organizational skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
- Research: Completing at least one 10-week research experience can help strengthen an application. You do not have to find a research opportunity that is related to pharmacy, although this would be beneficial.
In recent years, pharmacist has been consistently ranked as among the best jobs in the United States. Pharmacists play an important role in helping people get the best results from their medications. The pharmacist is an accessible liaison whom patients can talk to face-to-face, without an appointment. He or she is someone who can answer health-related questions — what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs could have an effect on medication or what to do about a missed dose. Essentially, pharmacists help people with almost anything related to the use of medicines, which means they help people to stay as healthy as possible. If this sounds interesting to you, then perhaps becoming a pharmacist — a trusted, caring, and knowledgeable health care professional — might very well be for you.
WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?
Study Abroad: Yes – you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- American Pharmacists Association
*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to pharmacy school.
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