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Pre-health: Pharmacy

I.  An overview of the profession

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.

Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide.  For more information on pursuing a degree in pharmacy, see the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website.  

II.  Prerequisites

The following is a listing of the prerequisites for a Pharm.D. Degree, as listed for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, which is similar to most other Pharm.D. programs:

 What They Want # Hours     What We Call It 
 General Biology/ 
 Zoology
   BIOL 111 Lec & Lab
   BIOL 112 Lec & Lab
 General Chemistry    CHEM 113 Lec & Lab
   CHEM 114 Lec & Lab 
 Organic Chemistry    CHEM 211 Lec & Lab
   CHEM 212 Lec & Lab
 English Composition    ENG 111
   ENG 112
 Anatomy & Physiology    BIOL 217 Lec & Lab
   BIOL 218 Lec & Lab 
 Biochemistry     CHEM 315 Lec & Lab
   CHEM 316 Lec
 Microbiology    BIOL 321 Lec & Lab 
 Speech  3    SPCH 125 
 Statistics 3    BIOL 340, BUS 221, 
   MATH 201, or PSYC 356 
 Fundamentals of Calculus    MATH 106 or MATH 131
 Social Science Electives
(Any of those listed)
  • PSYC(ology)
  • SOC(iology)
  • ECON(onomics)
  • POLS (Political Science)
 Humanities Electives
(Any of those listed)
 6    
  • HUM(anities)
  • HIS(tory)
  • PHIL(osophy)
  • Foreign languages
 General Electives 12*     Free to choose 

The following courses are recommended, but not required:

  • Immunology (BIOL 415 Lecture and Lab)
  • Physics (PHYS 201 Lec & Lab, PHYS 202 Lec & Lab)

*May include the following

  • Mathematics if it is a prerequisite for physics;
  • Any other institution requirements will also count in this category

III.  Acceptance/Admissions Statistics for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy for 2014

  • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 300 
  • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 175 
  • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 175 
  • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A 
  • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60 
  • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40% 
  • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60% 
  • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4 
  • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 275-300 
  • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes 
  • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 135
  • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 40 
  • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A  
  • Minimum overall GPA considered: The College does not have a minimum GPA for application review; students must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: The College does not have a minimum GPA for application review; students must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses. 
  • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A 
  • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs) 
  • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 22-32 
  • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1
IV.  The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

The PCAT is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education, and includes six subtests:

  • Writing
  • Verbal Ability
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability

The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy.  The URL for the information pertaining to the PCAT is http://pcatweb.info .

V.  Contact information regarding careers in pharmacy

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy -- http://www.amcp.org
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy -- http://www.aacp.org
American College of Apothecaries -- www.acaresourcecenter.org/american_college_of_apothecaries.htm
American College of Clinical Pharmacy  -- http://www.accp.com
American Pharmaceutical Association -- http://www.aphanet.org
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists -- http://www.ascp.com
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists -- http://www.ashp.org
ExploreHealthCareers.org information on Pharmacy --http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Field/9/Pharmacy  

Contact information at CBU:
Dr. Stan Eisen, Director of the Pre-Professional Health Programs
901-321-3447
e-mail:  seisen@cbu.edu