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Pharmacy is a health profession which requires a doctoral degree. Pharmacists are considered medicine experts and work as dispense medications prescribed by physicians. Although most pharmacists are employed in retail centers, many also work in hospitals or in research laboratories. Pharmacists are often interact with patients when they come to pick up their medications. In many cases, pharmacists are the only health care professional that is aware of all medication prescribed for an individual and therefore are taking a larger role in medication management. Below are links to a variety of different sources of information for students interested in pursuing a doctor of Pharmacy degree.

  • Prerequisite Coursework

    There is no set list of courses that are required by all pharmacy schools, as each school has its own specific list of prerequisites.  However, there is a core of courses that are required by most programs as well as some commonly recommended coursework.  For complete list of requirements for each pharmacy program refer to the Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements. It is important that you consider the schools to which you want to apply and be sure you take all of their required courses.


    • Two semesters of General Biology with labs: BIO 110 and BIO 111
    • Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112
    • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs: CHEM 331 and CHEM 332 (some programs only require one semester)
    • One semester of Biochemistry: CHEM 381
    • One or two semesters of General Physics with labs: PHYS 220 and PHYS 221 or PHYS 240 and 241
    • Two semesters of English: ENG 122 and SCI 291 or similar writing courses
    • One semester of Calculus: MAT 131
    • One semester of Microbiology: BIO 351
    • One semester of Public Speaking: COMM 100
  • Timeline

    Freshman Year

    • Focus on coursework
    • Learn to be a successful student
    • Learn how to study
      Earn a strong GPA
    • Begin working on prerequisite courses, especially BIO 110 and 111 and CHEM 111 and 112
    • Begin community service
    • Shadow a pharmacist and/or work in a pharmacy to obtain clinical experience
    • Research various medical careers

    Sophomore Year

    • Continue to focus on doing well in your courses
    • Maintain a strong GPA
    • Many pre-pharmacy students take CHEM 331 and CHEM 332 as well as PHYS 220 and PHYS 221 during their sophomore year although some will wait until the junior year to take the physics courses
    • Continue community service
    • Look for leadership opportunities
    • Start or continue clinical experience
    • Meet with the prehealth advisors
    • Look for research opportunities
    • Consider who to ask for letters of recommendation

    Junior Year

    • Maintain a strong GPA
    • Finish your science prerequisites
    • Continue community service
    • Continue clinical experience
    • Continue leadership activities
    • Conduct research in your major
    • Study for the PCAT
    • Take the PCAT – after you have finished the science prerequisites
    • Obtain letters of recommendation
    • Work on your personal essay
    • Meet with the prehealth advisors
    • Fill out PharmCAS - it usually opens in mid July
    • Submit PharmCAS by Sept 1 to be considered for Early Decision
    • Submit letters of recommendation

    Senior Year

    • Maintain a strong GPA
    • Prepare for interviews
    • Continue community service, leadership activities and clinical experience
    • Continue research experience
    • Fill out any necessary secondary or supplemental applications
    • Meet with the prehealth advisors
    • Go to pharmacy school interviews
  • How to Apply

    The process of applying to pharmacy school starts by filling out one application that will then be sent to the schools of your choice.  For pharmacy programs, you will fill out the PharmCAS application, which includes a space for your personal essay, your coursework history, your list of activities, your PCAT score, and the names of your recommenders.  This application will open in July so that you can begin to fill it out and then you can submit the application in early August.  For more information on filling out the application go to "link to tutorial".

    Once the schools receive your application, some of them may send you secondary applications which require more information and ask a series of short answer/essay questions. You will need to fill these out and then send them to each school.

    After reviewing your secondary application and letters of recommendation, the schools will then invite students for interviews. This process typically begins and September and can last through February.  For more information on how to prepare for you interview go to our informational website and view our tutorial.

    After the interview process, students will either be accepted, denied or placed on a waitlist at each school.  From here each student then must decide where he or she will attend.

  • Statistics of Successful Applicants
    Data for 2016-2017 Cycle  
    Average Overall GPA of Accepted Students  3.37
    Average PCAT of Accepted Students (at CU)  76th percentile
    Ratio of Appliants to Accepted  5.07
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