Does a career as a pharmacist interest you?

You can get the pre-requisite courses for admission to pharmacy school at UNA. Although applicants with a baccalaureate degree are far more competitive for admission to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, you can be admitted to some pharmacy schools after taking the pre-requisite classes only. Pre-pharmacy students may major in any discipline, but majors in chemistry and biology are the most common. In addition to the required coursework, admission to a school of pharmacy requires high scholastic achievement (high GPA) and acceptable scores on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Since each pharmacy school requires different supporting coursework, students interested in this field should make contact with the Pre-Health Advisor at UNA for assistance in scheduling the appropriate coursework and for information regarding other application requirements.

Additional coursework outside your major and minor may be required.  Among the most commonly required courses are:

  • CH 111 and CH 112 General Chemistry I and II with labs (8 hours)
  • CH 311 and CH 312 Organic Chemistry I and II with labs (10 hours)
  • BI 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)
  • BI 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours)
  • MA 125 Calculus I (4 hours); cannot take MA 121 in its place
  • BI 111 Principles of Biology I (4 hours)

Working or volunteering in a pharmacy setting is highly recommended.  If possible, make sure you either work or shadow in a community pharmacy (both independent and chain) and a hospital pharmacy.  Getting your pharmacy technician license and working as a pharmacy technician is also very helpful.