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Pre-Pharmacy

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NATURE OF THE WORK, EARNINGS AND OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) reports the principal goal of pharmaceutical care is “to achieve positive outcomes from the use of medication which improves patients’ quality of life. These outcomes include: cure of a disease, elimination or reduction of symptoms, arresting or slowing a disease process, prevention of disease, diagnosis of disease, and desired alterations in physiological processes, all with minimum risk to patients.” As a result of society’s changing health and social issues, pharmacists today do much more than simply compound and dispense medication. Their roles have broadened to include direct patient care, education, and case management duties. Pharmacists can be found in a variety of settings including community and consultant pharmacies, hospitals and institutions, managed care organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, academics and research, government agencies and many more. The most common setting is community pharmacies, which include independent, prescription only pharmacies, such as those found in medical office buildings, and chain pharmacies (local drug stores), which generate income from the sale of other merchandise. Opportunities are becoming increasingly available for pharmacists with advanced training to work as clinical pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practitioner specialties such as ambulatory care, clinical pharmacokinetics, geriatrics, oncology, psychopharmacology, drug information, and nutrition support. The advanced training for such programs usually requires a fellowship or residency after the Pharm.D. degree.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the number of pharmacist jobs in 2012 was 286,400 with average growth of 14% projected to 2022. This growth is primarily attributed to the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger and aging population and the increased use of medications. The median annual of wage-and-salary pharmacists in May 2012 was $116, 670. The top 10% earned more than $145,910. Salaries vary by work setting and geographic location.

PRE-PHARMACY PREPARATION

The majority of students who enter a pharmacy program have completed a minimum of three years of pre-pharmacy courses or a bachelor’s degree. 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). This test is offered during select times of the year. More information on the PCAT can be found here. No California Pharm.D. program currently requires the PCAT (AACP, 2015). 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. Most schools expect applicants to gain first-hand paid or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting to confirm their interest in the pharmacy profession. Communication and interpersonal skills are important to demonstrate as pharmacists are involved in educating patients. Some schools set minimum prerequisite and cumulative GPA requirements that vary between 2.4 and 3.0. Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) states that applicants for the 2013 entering class earned an average 3.25 undergraduate science GPA, and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.38, while the non-science GPA averaged 3.58 (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions AACP Updates 2015).

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.

APPLICATION:

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. Applicants to programs that do not participate in PharmCAS should apply directly to each institution using the traditional application process. All of the California 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.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA PHARMACY SCHOOL

Below is a list of requirements for the 8 Pharmacy programs in California. For further information on these programs or programs outside of California, consult the Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements book, available at www.aacp.org.

The information above is reprinted with permission from CSULB’s Health Professions Advising Office: http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/cnsm/sas/hpao/planning.html

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.

CALIFORNIA NORTHSTATE UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
http://pharmacy.cnsu.edu/admissions-requirements

​California Northstate University Prerequisites IVC Courses
Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab CHEM 1A and 1B
​Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 12A and 12B
​One semester of Biochem or Cell & Molecular Biology ​BIO 10 or BIO 16 or BIO 99/99L
Two semesters of General Biology with lab ​BIO 5 and BIO 16 or BIO 93/93L and BIO 94
​One semester of Microbiology ​BIO 15
​One semester of General Physics with lab ​PHYS 2A or PHYS 4A
​Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology ​BIO 11 and BIO 12
​One semester of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH
​One semester of Statistics ​MATH 10
​Two semesters of English Composition ​WR 1 or 1H and WR 2 or 2H
​One semester in Public Speaking ​COMM 1 or 1H
​One course in Psychology PSYC 1 or 1H

See website for specific General Education course requirements

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY-SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

The following prerequisites are for applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree:

​Loma Linda Prerequisites ​IVC Courses
​Two-semester sequence of General Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 1A and 1B
​Two-semester sequence of Organic Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 12A and 12B
​One semester of Biochemistry ​BIO 10
​Two semesters of General Biology with lab ​BIO 5 and BIO 6 or BIO 93/93L and BIO 94
​One semester of Microbiology ​BIO 15
​Two-semester sequence of General Physics with lab ​PHYS 2A and 2B or 4A and 4B
​One semester of Human Anatomy ​BIO 11
​One semester of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH
​One semester of Speech Communication or Public Speaking ​COMM 1 or 1H or COMM 3
​One semester of Macro or Micro Economics ​ECON 1 or 1H or ECON 2 or 2H
​One semester of Psychology PSYC 1 or 1H

Additional courses in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Histology, Immunology, and Physiology are strongly recommended.

TOURO UNIVERSITY (CA)- COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

The following prerequisites are for applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree:

​ Touro University Prerequisites ​IVC Courses
​8 semester units of General Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 1A and 1B
​8 semester units of Organic Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 12A and 12B                
​4 semester units of Human Anatomy/Physiology (combined course) with lab OR one course each of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with lab required for Physiology only. ​BIO 11 and 12
​4 semester units of Microbiology with lab ​BIO 15
​3 semester units of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH
​One course in Biochemistry (recommended) BIO 10

UC SAN DIEGO-SKAGGS SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

The following prerequisites are or applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree:

UC, San Diego Prerequisites ​IVC Courses

Two semesters of Biology (at least 1 lab)

Option 1: BIO 5, BIO 16, and BIO 99/99L
Option 2: BIO 93, BIO 94, and BIO 99/99L​

​Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 1A and 1B
​Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 12A and 12B
​Two semesters of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH and 3B or 3BH
​Two semesters of General Physics (at least 1 lab) ​PHYS 2A and 2B or PHYS 4A and 4B
​Two semesters of English with writing ​WR 1 or 1H and WR 2 or 2H
​One semester of Public Speaking ​COMM 1 or 1H or COMM 3
​One semester of Economics (Micro or Macro) ​ECON 1 or 1H or ECON 2 or 2H
​One semester of Human Behavior ​ANTH 2 or 2H or PSYC 1 or 1H or SOC 1 or 1H

Upper division courses in Biochemistry, Physiology, and Cellular and Molecular Biology are strongly recommended.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

The following prerequisites are for applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree:

​University of Southern California Prerequisites ​IVC Courses
​Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 1A and 1B
​Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab* ​CHEM 12A and 12B
​Two semesters of General Biology with lab ​BIO 5 and BIO 16 or BIO 93 + 93L and BIO 94
​One upper division course in Biochemistry* ​No upper division course equivalent at IVC
​One semester of Human Physiology* ​BIO 12
​One semester of Microbiology*  ​BIO 15
​One semester of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH
​One upper division course in Molecular Biology (recommended) ​No upper division course equivalent at IVC
​Physics courses (recommended) ​PHYS 2A or 2B or 4A or 4B
​One course Statistics (recommended but will be required beginning Fall 2017) ​MATH 10
​One course in Psychology or Sociology or Anthropology (recommended) ​PSYC 1 or 1H or SOC 1 or 1H or ANTH 2 or 2H
​One course in Microeconomics (recommended) ​ECON 1 or 1H

* Courses must be completed within the past 9 years. It is recommended that these courses be taken at a four-year college/university

UC, SAN FRANCISCO- SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

UC, San Francisco Prerequisites IVC Courses​
​Two semesters of General Physics ​PHYS 2A and 2B or 4A and 4B
​Two semesters of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH and MATH 3B or 3BH
​Two semesters of General Chemistry sequence with lab ​CHEM 1A, 1B
​Two semesters of Organic Chemistry sequence with lab ​CHEM 12A, 12B
​Two semesters of General Biology (at least 1 lab) ​BIO 5, BIO 16 and BIO 99 or BIO 93, 94, and 99/99L
​One semester of Mammalian Physiology ​BIO 12
​Two semesters of English ​WR 1 or 1H and WR 2 or 2H
​One semester of Public Speaking ​COMM 1 or 1H or COMM 3
​One semester of Economics ​ECON 1 or 1H or ECON 2 or 2H or ECON 20
​One intro course in Psychology, Sociology, or Cultural Anthropology ​ANTH 2 or 2H or PSYC 1 or 1H or SOC 1 or 1H
Additional courses in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences to meet elective unit requirements of 19  Check schedule of classes

Also see Technical Standards: http://pharmd.ucsf.edu/admissions/reqs/technical and Commuter Literacy requirements: http://it.ucsf.edu/students/reqs#literacy.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC- THOMAS J. LONG SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

The following prerequisites are for applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree

University of the Pacific Prerequisites IVC Courses
​One year of General Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 1A and 1B
​One year of Organic Chemistry with lab* ​CHEM 12A and 12B
​One course in Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH or MATH 11
​One course in General Physics with lab ​PHYS 2A or PHYS 4A
​One year of General Biology with lab* ​BIO 5 and BIO 16 or BIO 93/93L and BIO 94
​One course in Physiology with lab ​BIO 12
​One course in Microbiology ​BIO 15
​One year of English  ​WR 1 or 1H and WR 2 or 2H
​One semester of Public Speaking ​COMM 1 or 1H or COMM 3
​One semester in Economics ​ECON 2 or 2H or ECON 20 (with Bachelor’s can take ECON 1 or 1H)
​One course in Psychology

​PSYC 1 or 1H or PSYC 37 or 37H

Note: Online courses not accepted for science & communications  * Courses must be completed within the past 7 years.

WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES-COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Western University of the Health Sciences Prerequisites IVC Courses
​One semester of General Biology optional lab ​BIO 5, BIO 16, BIO 93 or BIO 94
​Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 1A and 1B
​Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab ​CHEM 12A and 12B
​One semester of Biochemistry, Molecular or Cell Biology ​CHEM 4 or BIO 16 or BIO 99
​One semester of Microbiology ​BIO 15
​One sequence of Human Anatomy and Physiology  ​BIO 11 and BIO 12
​One semester of Calculus ​MATH 3A or 3AH or MATH 3B or 3BH or MATH 11
​Two semesters of English ​WR 1 or 1H and WR 2 or 2H
​One course in Psychology ​PSYC 1 or 1H
​One semester of Public Speaking ​COMM 1 or 1H
​One course of Macro or Micro Economics ​ECON 1 or 1H or ECON 2 or 2H

Note: Science courses must be completed within the past 10 years. 

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