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PRE-PHARMACY: ACADEMIC AND CAREER INFORMATION
 
PRE-PHARMACY PREPARATION
Requirements for admission to colleges of pharmacy vary. The vast majority of students who enter a pharmacy program have completed a minimum of three years of pre-pharmacy courses or a bachelor's degree. Common coursework completed includes calculus, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and additional courses in the humanities and social sciences. Many programs outside of California require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) offered four times a year in January, June, August and October. No California Pharm.D. program currently require the PCAT. Programs select applicants based on a variety of characteristics, including academic background, clinical experience, personal statement, interview, letters of recommendation and personal qualities including motivation, communication, critical thinking skills, and empathy. Some schools set minimum prerequisite and cumulative GPA requirements that vary between 2.4 and 3.0. Most schools expect applicants to gain first-hand paid or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting to confirm their interest in the pharmacy profession. As pharmacists become more involved in educating patients, communication and interpersonal skills are increasingly important to demonstrate.
 
MAJOR:
No particular major is required or preferred for pharmacy school admissions, thus students are advised to select a major they find interesting and in which they can excel. Students should also consider a major that may lead them to an alternate career, should they decide not to pursue the field of pharmacy. Whichever major a student declares, their course of study must incorporate the required pre-pharmacy requirements. Many students who select a science major find a great deal of overlap between their major requirements and those required for pharmacy school. Regardless of the choice in major, pharmacy schools prefer that students have a well-rounded liberal arts education.
 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA PHARMACY SCHOOLS:
Below is a list of requirements for the 8 Pharmacy programs in California. Students maintain responsibility for verifying course selection with individual Pharmacy programs. For further information on these programs or Pharmacy programs outside of California, consult the Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements book, available at www.aacp.org .
 
This is NOT a comprehensive list of prerequisites for all programs. Students maintain responsibility for verifying course selection with individual programs, especially for the Biology requirements.
 
UC, San Diego Courses
IVC Courses
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One year of Calculus
MATH 3A & 3B
One year of General Physics (Only 1 lab)
PHYS 2A & 2B OR 4A & 4B
One year of General Biology with lab
BIO 5 & BIO 6/6L OR BIO 93/93L & BIO 94
One year of English
WR 1 & 2
One course of Public Speaking
SP 1
One course of Macro OR Micro Economics
ECON 1 OR 2
One elective course
PSYC 1 OR SOC 1 OR ANTH 2
 
 
UC, San Francisco Courses
IVC Courses
One year of General Physics (Only 1 lab in PHYS 4B)
PHYS 2A & 2B OR 4A & 4B (strongly recommended)
One year of Calculus
MATH 3A, 3B
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1, 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A, 12B
One year of General Biology (Only 1 lab)
BIO 5 & (BIO 6/6L OR BIO 99/99L)
One course of Mammalian Physiology
BIO 12
One year of English
WR 1 & 2
One course of Public Speaking
SP 1 OR 3
One course of Macro OR Micro Economics
ECON 1 OR 2 OR 20
One elective course
ANTH 2 OR PSYC 1 OR SOC 1
Computer Literacy
 
 
California North State University Courses
IVC Courses
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One course of Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology
BIO 99
One year of General Biology with lab
BIO 5 & BIO 6/6L OR BIO 93/93L & BIO 94
One course of Microbiology
BIO 15
One course of General Physics with lab
PHYS 2A OR PHYS 4A
One course of Physiology
BIO 12
One course of Calculus
MATH 3A
One course of Statistics
MATH 10
One course of Public Speaking
SP 1
One course of Macro OR Micro Economics
ECON 1 OR 2
One course of Psychology
PSYC 1
 
 
Loma Linda Courses
IVC Courses
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One course of Biochemistry
No course equivalent @ IVC
One year of General Biology with lab
BIO 5 & BIO 6/6L OR BIO 93/93L & BIO 94
One course of Microbiology
BIO 15
One year of General Physics with lab
PHYS 2A & 2B OR 4A & 4B
One course of Anatomy
BIO 11
One course of Calculus (4 units)
MATH 3A
One course of Public Speaking
SP 1
One course of Macro OR Micro Economics
ECON 1 OR 2
One course of Psychology
PSYC 1
 
 
University of Pacific
IVC Courses
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One course of Calculus
MATH 11 OR MATH 3A
One course of General Physics with lab
PHYS 2A OR PHYS 4A
One year of General Biology with lab
BIO 5 & BIO 6/6L OR BIO 93/93L & BIO 94
One course of Microbiology
BIO 15
One Year of English
WR 1 & other English
One course of Public Speaking
SP 1
One course of Economics
ECON 2
One course of Psychology
PSYC 1
 
 
University of Southern California Courses
IVC Courses
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One course of Biochemistry
No course equivalent @ IVC
One course of Calculus
MATH 3A
One course in Statistics
MATH 10
One course of General Physics with lab
PHYS 2A OR 2B OR 4A OR 4B
One year of General Biology with lab
BIO 5 & BIO 6/6L
One course in Molecular Biology
BIO 99
One course of Physiology
BIO 12
One course of Microbiology
BIO 15
One course of Psychology OR Sociology
PSYC 1 OR SOC 1
One course of Microeconomics
ECON 1
One year of English (Required for students without a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. university)
WR 1 & 2
One course of Interpersonal Communication OR Public Speaking (Required for students without a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. university)
SP 1 OR 105
 
 
Touro University
IVC Courses
One year of General Biology w/lab
BIO 5 & 6/6L OR BIO 93/93L & BIO 94
One year of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One course of Calculus
MATH 3A
One course of Human Anatomy with lab
BIO 11
One course of Human Physiology with lab
BIO 12
One course of Microbiology
BIO 15
One course of Economics
ECON 1 OR 2 OR 20
 
 
Western University of the Health Sciences
IVC Courses
One ear of General Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1A & 1B
One Year of Organic Chemistry with lab
CHEM 12A & 12B
One Year of Biochemistry
BIO 99 & CHEM 4
One course of Microbiology
BIO 15
One course of Anatomy
BIO 11
One course of Human Physiology with lab
BIO 12
One course of Calculus
MATH 3A OR 3B OR 11
One year of English
WR 1 & other English
One course of Psychology
PSYC 1
One course of Public Speaking
SP 1
One course of Macro OR Micro Economics
ECON 1 OR 2
 
 
APPLICATION:
Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), is a centralized web-based application service for applicants to pharmacy colleges and schools allowing applicants to submit one application and apply to multiple first-year professional pharmacy degree programs. Currently, 95 programs participate in PharmCAS. Applicants to programs that do not participate in PharmCAS should apply directly to each institution using the traditional application process. All of the CA pharmacy programs participate in the PharmCAS application service. For more information and a list of schools participating, please visit the PharmCAS web site at www.pharmcas.org.
For more information about Pharmacy, visit www.aacp.org.
 
 
This is NOT a comprehensive list of prerequisites for all programs. Students maintain responsibility for verifying course selection with individual programs, especially for the biology requirements.
 
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