Pharmacists prepare and dispense medications prescribed by dentists, physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and other health practitioners. They advise patients about the safe use of prescription medicines, including possible interactions or side effects. They may administer vaccines and immunizations as well as conduct health and wellness screenings. In short, they help people live healthy lives.
Being a pharmacist can be a rewarding career, but the path to becoming one can be challenging. To become a pharmacist, you will need to earn a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, followed by licensure exams. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), there are 156 accredited programs in the United States. As of 2022, Butler University, Purdue University, and Manchester University are the only PharmD granting institutions in Indiana.
The admission criteria for each pharmacy program are unique to that college or university. While the following table includes the most common pre-requisite courses for programs in the US, additional courses may be recommended. Students should work with their advisor to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion depending on the programs to which you plan to apply.
|Introductory Biology||Two, w/lab||BIO203 and BIO204|
|Microbiology||One, w/lab||BIO214 or BIO340|
|Human Anatomy||One, w/lab||BIO225|
|Human Physiology||One, w/lab||BIO226 or BIO334|
|Biochemistry||One, w/lab||BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L|
|General Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L|
|Organic Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE305 and CHE306|
|General Physics||One, w/lab||PHY110|
|Statistics||One||BIO205 or MAT130|
Since pharmacy programs are quite diverse in their application requirements, students should thoroughly explore the requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
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