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Pre-Pharmacy Program | Marian University


Pharmacists prepare and dispense medications prescribed by dentists, physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and other health practitioners. They advise patients about the safe use of prescription medicines, including possible interactions or side effects. They may administer vaccines and immunizations as well as conduct health and wellness screenings. In short, they help people live healthy lives.

Being a pharmacist can be a rewarding career, but the path to becoming one can be challenging. To become a pharmacist, you will need to earn a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, followed by licensure exams. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), there are 156 accredited programs in the United States. As of 2022, Butler University, Purdue University, and Manchester University are the only PharmD granting institutions in Indiana.

Pre-Requisite Courses

The admission criteria for each pharmacy program are unique to that college or university. While the following table includes the most common pre-requisite courses for programs in the US, additional courses may be recommended. Students should work with their advisor to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion depending on the programs to which you plan to apply.

Introductory BiologyTwo, w/labBIO203 and BIO204
MicrobiologyOne, w/labBIO214 or BIO340
Human AnatomyOne, w/labBIO225
Human PhysiologyOne, w/labBIO226 or BIO334
BiochemistryOne, w/labBIO311/312 or BIO411/412L
General ChemistryTwo, w/labCHE140/141L and CHE142/143L
Organic ChemistryTwo, w/labCHE305 and CHE306
General PhysicsOne, w/labPHY110
StatisticsOneBIO205 or MAT130

Preparing a Competitive Application

Since pharmacy programs are quite diverse in their application requirements, students should thoroughly explore the requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.

A competitive candidate will generally:

  • Demonstrate strong academic performance in all courses (GPA 3.4 or higher)
  • Score well on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Demonstrate extensive familiarity with the field of pharmacy to gain an understanding of the expectations of the profession, including a combination of 
    • Shadowing several pharmacists to gain a realistic view of the responsibilities in the field
    • Gaining extensive first-hand experience through volunteering or a paid position in a pharmacy or related role
    • Getting involved in community service, volunteerism, and co-curricular activities
    • Seeking leadership opportunities in clubs, organizations, church, or sports
    • Conducting independent research to better understand the scientific literature
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work with a diverse group of people, and a desire to help others

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