Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise on safe use. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients and provide advice on healthy lifestyles. Some pharmacists create customized medications by mixing ingredients themselves, a process known as compounding.

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Admission requirements differ between institutions.  Some include a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, some will allow students to begin with a minimum of 66 credit hours.  

For most programs, curriculum includes:

  • Two semesters of general biology and lab
  • Two semesters of general chemistry and lab
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry and lab
  • Two semesters of physics and lab
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology 
  • Anatomy & Physiology with labs
  • Calculus 
  • Statistics


  • Ethics 
  • Public Speaking
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

For a more in-depth list of required coursework consult our Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum,

It is a student's responsibility to check with individual programs regarding the coursework needed to matriculate at their institution.


Typically accepted students have a GPA above 3.0 (overall and in science courses). 

Use our GPA Calculator Spreadsheet to see where you stand. 


For more information on the application process, also review: