Preparing for Pharmacy School

A well-rounded education in science and math is essential in preparation for pharmacy school. High school classes introduce students to the advanced sciences and math courses necessary for a Pharm.D. degree.

Courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics ease the transition for many students, and additional classes in communication, literature, economics and government create a solid foundation.

The Pharm.D. degree requires at least two years of undergraduate college study followed by four academic years of professional study. However, with programs becoming increasingly competitive, many students enter the professional program with three or more years of college and may even have a prior bachelor's degree.

Prerequisite courses for pharmacy schools are often similar, but each program has individual requirements. You are encouraged to review pharmacy school admission content from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). This website contains up-to-date information about each school, including specifics about admission requirements, costs and other applicant considerations.

Also, it is a good idea to review the websites of schools that interest you to gather additional information and find answers to your questions.

Select applicants for admission are chosen for on-campus interviews in order to assess oral and written communication skills, group interaction dynamics, knowledge of the profession, and ability to solve problems.

May 30, 2013