Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacists play a key role in the health and well-being of people across the nation.

In addition to filling doctors’ prescriptions, pharmacists provide counseling to patients regarding how to take medications and potential side effects. Pharmacists also do critical research work on new medications. You’ll find pharmacists working in settings as diverse as drugstores, labs, hospitals, and mental health institutions.

Yes, you will need to complete a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from an accredited pharmacy institution and pass a state licensing exam before you can pursue a career as a pharmacist. The Pharm.D. generally takes four years to complete; although some programs are three years in length.

Elmhurst College has two affiliations with pharmacy programs; including Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and Roosevelt University. To learn more please visit our academic affiliations page.

You may major in any subject that interests you, but you must complete the prerequisite courses when applying to pharmacy schools.

Specific requirements vary from one school to another and students must check with individual programs to verify the prerequisite requirements. Students should plan to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) at the appropriate time. The following are recommended courses:

  • BIO 200, 201, 107/108 or 430/442, 221 or 321
  • CHM 211, 212, 311, 312
  • ENG 105, 106
  • MTH 151, 345 (or PSY 355)
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
  • At least one course in each of the following areas: sociology/psychology, speech, economics and humanities

You will meet with the health professions advisor to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance.

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