Pharmacy school has changed significantly from the days of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy programs. It is increasingly being treated as a true graduate professional school much like Medical school, awarding the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree. As a result, many Pharmacy schools are shifting their admissions focus to students who have a Bachelor's degree. Some of these schools still offer a limited number of seats in each admissions class for students who have completed only the necessary admissions requirements. However, application for these seats is very competitive. A Bachelor's degree will better prepare a student for the rigors of the Pharmacy school curriculum.
Courses for Pharmacy School Preparation
Pharmacy schools vary widely on the course requirements for admission. A variety of commonly required and recommended courses have been compiled for student reference. Provided the necessary required courses for admission are fulfilled, any Bachelor's program would be an acceptable choice. One choice that includes most of the required courses for admission to Pharmacy school is the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. To be certain that all required courses are completed in a timely fashion, a recommended schedule of courses has also been provided. Interested students should still consult the desired Pharmacy school(s) for specific course requirements. See our Pharmacy Preparation Checklist.
Pharmacy School Admissions Test
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required for admissions consideration to Pharmacy schools.
Application for Pharmacy School Admission
The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is utilized by many Pharmacy schools throughout the nation for admissions application processing.