• The Doctor of Pharmacy Program (PharmD)

    Pharmacists are an integral member of today’s healthcare team and are specifically trained to identify and resolve drug related issues. Pharmacists can be found in retail, primary care clinics, hospitals and research settings and are involved with both human and animal treatments. A strong background in chemistry and biology are required along with a desire for continued life long learning.

    The PharmD degree is typically a 5-year patient-care centered program learning to identify and implement drug therapies. Students start learning the medication therapies for specific conditions, how a drug’s structure relates to activity, and how the body interacts and eliminates the drug. In addition to coursework, students complete rotations (pharmacy practice experiences) in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the state licensure exam.

    Pharmacy school programs are very competitive and 90% of entering students have completed a Bachelor’s degree. Almost all pharmacy schools require the completion of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT exam). Each pharmacy school has specific entrance requirements and students interested in this pathway should check the websites of the schools they are applying to for changes and updates. In addition to pre-pharmacy coursework, the competitive applicant will have completed opportunities to shadow or work in a pharmacy.

    Prerequisite Coursework*

    General Chemistry including lab
    Organic Chemistry including lab
    Microbiology Including lab
    Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Advanced Biology course
    General Physics (prefer Calculus-Based)
    Sociology (1 course)
    Behavioral Science (1 course)
    Advanced English Composition course
    Public speaking/Interpersonal Communication

    *Typical prerequisite coursework for the University of Minnesota. Their list also includes general biology, however they have waved this for Hamline students who have taken chemistry and biochemistry.

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    Degree Programs

    The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program requires at least 2-years of specific preprofessional (undergraduate) coursework followed by 4-academic years (or 3-calendar years) of professional study. Pharmacy colleges and schools may accept students directly from high school for both the pre-pharmacy and pharmacy curriculum, or after completion of the college course prerequisites. 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 AACP does not track the availability of accelerated programs of study for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a related health career or science field.

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