Pre-Pharmacy – Asbury University
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In recent years, Pharmacist has been consistently ranked as among the best jobs in the United States. Pharmacists play an important role in helping people get the best results from their medications. The pharmacist is an accessible liaison who patients can talk to face-to-face, without an appointment. He or she is someone who can answer health-related questions — what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs could have an effect on medication, or what to do about a missed dose. Essentially, pharmacists help people with almost anything related to the use of medicines, which means they help people to stay as healthy as possible.

Here is a link to Pharmacy is Right for Me to help you identify the pharmacy career option that is right for you.

Pharmacy programs grant Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, which require 4 years of pharmacy school and passing a state Board of Pharmacy Licensure Examination. The majority of students enter a pharmacy program with 3 or more years of college experience. College graduates who enroll in a pharmacy program must complete the full 4-academic years (or 3-calendar) years of professional study to earn the Pharm.D. degree.

The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) makes it easy to apply to multiple schools using a single application. Asbury students can qualify for early acceptance to pharmacy school through LECOM.

▾ What prerequisites are typically required for applying to pharmacy school?

The majority of students enter a pharmacy program with 3 or more years of college experience. Most pharmacy programs include course requirements of Chemistry, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microeconomics.

▾ What major should I choose?

You may choose any major and then add in other required courses you will need. If you choose to major in the sciences (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry) the majority of the prerequisite courses are included in the major.

General Timeline

▾ Years 1 – 3

Take specific prerequisite courses for pharmacy school (including Chemistry, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microeconomics).

▾ Year 3 (summer following)

Apply to PharmCAS online application service; take PCAT (Pharmacy College Application Tes) if required.

▾ Year 4

Complete major requirements, all Foundations requirements and electives needed to complete degree; interview; receive acceptance(s) to pharmacy school.

 

Contact Dr. Bruce Branan, Asbury’s Advisor for the Health Professions, for more information and help in preparing for a career in pharmacy.