College of Pharmacy

Pharm.D. Professional Program


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Course Requirements for Pharmacy School Admissions

The courses listed below need to be completed before students begin the Pharm.D. program. They can be planned or in progress at the time students apply.  For Fall 2015 admission: All prerequisites must be completed by August 17, 2015.  Use the Guide of Approved Prerequisites to find the pre-approved prerequisites at your school.

Although it's not required to have a bachelor's degree to start the Pharm.D. program, applicants with a BS or BA are given preference. About 90% of admitted students have a bachelor's degree.  Choose a major you like - any major! Students over 60 different majors are in the program.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Must be taken at a regionally-accredited university, college, or community college
  • Must be at least 3 semester credits, taken A-F, and completed with a grade of C- or better
  • May be satisfied by IB, PSEO, or College in the Schools credit if it appears on a college transcript
  • May be satisfied by AP exam if you score a 3 or higher, or appears as credit on a college transcript

Course List

General biology, including lab1 course
Microbiology, including lab1 course
Human Anatomy (1)1 course, or entire combined A&P sequence
Human Physiology (1)1 course, or entire combined A&P sequence
Advanced Biology (2)1 course
Calculus I1 course
Statistics1 course
General Chemistry, including labs2 courses
Organic Chemistry, including labs2 courses
General Physics (calculus-based)1 course (or 2 courses of algebra-based)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (3)2 courses
English Composition, advanced (pdf) (4)1 course
Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication1 course

1. If combined A&P sequence is 2 semesters, both must be completed (A&P I&II). If A&P is combined into one course, it must be a minimum of 5 semester credits. Labs are not required for Anatomy or Physiology.

2. Recommended courses: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics or molecular biology. Any other course must focus on the human body.

3. Recommended courses: psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, global issues, geography, political science, etc.

4. You may be able to complete the advanced writing requirement for your school’s bachelor degree instead, see our Advanced English Composition Prerequisite Guidelines (pdf).

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International Coursework

International coursework can fulfill the prerequisites. If you took international courses that do not appear on a US transcript, you will need a course-by-course evaluation to be submitted as part of your PharmCAS application.

→ Find out more: international applicants & coursework

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What courses should you take at your school?

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