Pharmacy is a doctoral health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medications to patients and health care professionals. As “medication experts,” pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public’s health in matters relating to medication distribution and use, and disease state management.
Select an Undergraduate Major:
Biology or Chemistry is not required however, it’s important to have a strong knowledge of chemistry to help you be successful in Pharmacy school. See a counselor to discuss your major/goal and obtain a Student Education Plan (SEP) to show you the path to reach your goal.
The prerequisites for the pre-pharmacy field are: one year of Biology, one year of general Chemistry, one year of Organic Chemistry, one year of Physics, one year of Calculus, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Economics, Public Speaking, Psychology, and Sociology.
Clovis Community College recommends the following courses: CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, CHEM 28A, CHEM 29A, CHEM 28B, CHEM 29B, BIOL 11A, BIOL 11B, BIOL 20, BIOL 22, BIOL 31, MATH 5A, MATH 5B, PHYSICS 2A, PHYSICS 2B or PHYSICS 4A, PHYSICS 4B, ECON 1A or ECON 1B, PSY 2, and SOC 1A.
Explore and Research:
Explore and do research on the Pharmacy schools you are interested in attending.
There are two University of California campuses that have a Pharmacy school program:
There are seven private colleges in California that have a pharmacy school program and they are:
- California Health Sciences University
- California North State University
- University of the Pacific
- Touro University
- Western University of Health Science
- Loma Linda University
- University of Southern California
Pharmacy School’s are looking for well rounded students who have good grades in prerequisite courses and undergraduate degree courses. Additionally, they are seeking students who are involved in the community or school activities and have some type of experience in the health care field. Some examples of becoming a well rounded student would include:
- Join an on campus club or organization. CCC has a Pre-Professional Health Club and Science club that is great for Pre-med students. Contact CCC’s ASG office at (559) 325-5243 or stop by room AC1 160 for more club information.
- Join the TRIO program to help you become transfer ready and support you in transferring to a University. Contact the CCC TRIO Counselor at (559) 325-5230.
- Attend Pre-Medical conferences such as the National Pre-Health Conference annually at UC Davis.
- Apply for an internship, job shadow, or volunteer at a clinic.
- Play a sport or learn a new hobby
- Use the Explore Health Careers Website for more information regarding the health field.
Take the PCAT:
Make sure you take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
*California Pharmacy schools do not require PCAT as a requirement for admission, however out of state Pharmacy schools do require the PCAT.
Apply to Pharmacy School:
Apply for Pharmacy Colleges by using the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) a centralized application service that is used by most pharmacy schools.
You may also be given the opportunity for an Interview. During your interview you may be asked questions that are related to the current and controversial pharmaceutical field. You can learn more about these issues at www.aacp.org
Additional Opportunities for Pharmacy students:
Look into are the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) a free six-week summer academy for freshmen and sophomore students to learn more about how to prepare for medical and dental school.
Online Pharmacy Degree Option:
Creighton University offers a School of Pharmacy and Health Professions online.
Pharmacy School Pathway:
Once you apply and get accepted into a Pharmacy school; the Pharmacy program usually last four years. The first two years are known as professional years and the student would review basic biological, physical, chemical sciences and the profession in pharmacy. The third year is known as a transition year because student’s will learn additional scientific courses and be in clinical rotations. The last year student’s would experience the patient setting.
Make an appointment with a counselor by contacting the CCC Counseling Office at (559) 325-5230 for more information.
Visit explorehealthcareers.org for more information.