Richard A. Henson School of Science & Technology

Pharmacy School Preparation

www.aacp.org

Preparation for pharmacy school requires, first and foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed and that the applicant take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Students must have a minimum of two years of pre-professional study to apply to pharmacy school for admission, including the pharmacy school prerequisites. Although prerequisites among programs vary (check schools individual websites) the following are commonly required:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
    (1 year with Lab)
    CHEM 121, 122
  • Organic Chemistry
    (1 year with Lab)
    CHEM 221, 222
  • *Biochemistry
    (1 semester with Lab)
    CHEM 417
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    BIOL 215, 216
  • Microbiology
    BIOL 211
  • Statistics
    MATH 155
  • Communication
    CMAT 100
  • Micro Economics
    ECON 211
  • Physics
    (1 year with Lab)
    PHYS 121,123
  • *Biology
    (1 semester with Lab)
    BIOL 101 or 210
  • Math
    For programs that require calculus, general recommendations are:
    MATH 198- Biology majors

    MATH 201- Chemistry majors
    MATH 160- Other majors
    Consult your major advisor, checklist, and/or HPAP advisor for additional information on math choices.

*CHECK YOUR TARGET SCHOOLS TO SEE IF A FULL YEAR OF BIOLOGY AND /OR BIOCHEMISTRY IS REQUIRED.
Many pharmacy schools have dropped biochemistry as a requirement.

Sharon Esonu
Howard University
School of Pharmacy

Kaori Morris
Chemistry Major
University of Hawaii at Hilo
School of Pharmacy

Students frequently choose to remain at Salisbury University to complete their undergraduate degree. Any undergraduate major is possible, although most students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry ( as these courses overlap those that are required in pharmacy school). The SU Chemistry major, offers a pre-pharmacy track that is of interest to many students.

It is strongly recommended that students interested in pharmacy, have exposure in the field to ensure that they are aware of what the pharmacy profession entails.