Preprofessional Programs

Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacists play a key role in the health and well-being of people across the nation. In addition to filling doctors’ prescriptions, pharmacists provide counseling to patients regarding how to take medications and potential side effects. Pharmacists also do critical research work on new medications. You’ll find pharmacists working in settings as diverse as drugstores, labs, hospitals, and mental health institutions.

Will I need further study?
What should I major in?
What are the course requirements?
What about advising?
Where can I find additional information?

Will I need further study?
Yes, you will need to complete a doctor of pharmacy degree from an accredited pharmacy institution and pass a state licensing exam before you can pursue a career as a pharmacist. The Pharm.D. generally takes four years to complete. For students interested in the affiliation between Elmhurst College and Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy, please visit our academic affiliations page to learn more about this dual acceptance program.

What should I major in?
You may major in any subject that interests you, but you must complete the prerequisite courses when applying to pharmacy schools.

What are the course requirements?
Specific requirements vary from one school to another and students must check with individual programs to verify the prerequisite requirements. Students should plan to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) at the appropriate time. The following are recommended courses:

  • BIO 200, 201, 107/108 or 430/442, 221 or 321
  • CHM 211, 212, 311, 312
  • ENG 105, 106
  • MTH 151 and 345/346 (PSY 355)
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121/122
  • At least one course in each of the following areas: sociology/psychology, speech, economics and humanities

What about advising?
Expert advising is an important part of the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. You will meet with one of our expert advisors to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.

Where can I find additional information?
You can start by contacting us at Elmhurst’s Patterson Center for the Health Professions or visit these useful web sites:

Prepharmacy
The College Board offers information about getting on the prepharmacy track in college.

Pharmacist Career Information
Pharmacy Choice, “the web portal for the pharmacy industry,” offers this overview of what the field of pharmacy is all about.

School Information
Learn all about pharmacy programs across the country at this site maintained by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

 

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