Pharmacy is a growing field with increasing demand as the population is more aware of the importance of prevention and proper healthcare, as the overall population ages and as access to health insurance opens. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, pharmacists educate consumers and patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications; advise physicians, nurses and other health care professionals on drug decisions; provide expertise about the composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological and physical properties, and their manufacture and use; and ensure drug purity and strength and make sure that drugs do not interact in a harmful way.
The University of Tampa equips students to enter pharmacy school by offering a high-caliber faculty who engages and inspires students to exceed their expectations. Smaller classes allow one-on-one dialogue, personal attention and the kind of insightful evaluation, mentoring and guidance that make a difference. Your teachers get to know you well; that means better recommendations for jobs and graduate schools.
Preparing for Pharmacy School:
Earn a bachelor’s degree
The majority of students enter a pharmacy program with three or four years of college experience. Please check with each pharmacy school to see if a bachelor’s degree is required or strongly recommend.
Choose a major:
Students who are interested in going to pharmacy school typically major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. These majors include most of the required courses for entrance into pharmacy programs and will help prepare students for Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). However, other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult the pre-health professions advisor about course work.
Basic pre-requisite* courses required for pharmacy school:
- Biology I and II with labs
- General Chemistry I and II with labs
- Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Microbiology/ Biochemistry/Genetics maybe required depending on the school
- Psychology/Sociology/Economics maybe required depending on the school
*Each pharmacy school has its own set of pre-requisites, and student’s need to research the admission requirements of each school to which they are intending to apply. Search accredited pharmacy school in the U.S.
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
The PCAT is required for 85 percent of U.S. pharmacy schools. The PCAT is about four hours long and cost $210.
Build an extensive record of relevant experiences
- Shadow a pharmacist – gain knowledge of the pharmacy field and confirm if this is your passion
- Work/volunteer – in a pharmacy or health setting
Pharmacy School Information and Beyond
- A traditional pharmacy program is four years long.
- There are six pharmacy schools in Florida:
- After completion, the student earns a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
- A one to two year residency or fellowship may be required post-graduation, depending on the type of employment desired.
Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC)
Members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professional Committee (PHPC)
composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty.
Pre-professions advising has a dedicated program specialist to help students prepare for professional school in the health sciences. The specialist would like to see all pre-health students early on to ensure they are on the path for success. Please email Jackie Mikulski
to schedule an appointment.
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