Pharmacy

Overview

Pharmacy is a doctoral health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medications to patients and other healthcare professionals. As “medication experts,” pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public’s health in matters relating to medication distribution and use and disease state management.

Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide.

In the United States, a Doctorate in Pharmacology is required to practice as a pharmacist.

– ExploreHealthCareers.com

Prerequisites

Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):

 Biology (2 courses)  BIO 150, BIO 233
 Microbiology (1 course)  BIO 231
 Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 courses)  BIO 143, BIO 243
 General Chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 125, CHEM 126 *
 Organic Chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 247, CHEM 248
 Physics (2 courses)  PHYS 124, PHYS 125
 Calculus (1 course)  MATH 120
 Statistics (1 course)  STATS 110 or STATS 212
 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses)  Variety of course options; consider PSYCH 125, ECON 121
 English (1 course)  Variety of course options; some programs may accept WRIT 111
 Public Speaking (1 course)  THEAT 120

Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!

*St. Olaf General Chemistry options:
  1. CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  2. CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  3. CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of General Biology)

Experience:

In preparation for pharmacy school, exposure to the field is critical as it ensures that you are aware of what the pharmacy profession entails. You are encouraged to gain pharmacy experience as early as your freshman/sophomore years. Click here for a list of local internship sites. Activities on and off campus are also strongly recommended.

Entrance exam:

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) – Consists of 240 multiple-choice questions in five sections (verbal ability, biology, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, and chemistry) and two writing sections. The PCAT costs $105 and three test dates are available (January, July, and September).

General application:

PharmCAS – Costs $150 for the first school and $50 for each additional school. This application compiles a broad range of your personal information, and processes your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and PCAT scores.

Pharmacy programs are four years.

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