Program Requirements

Pharmacists dispense prescription drugs and help patients to understand the instructions that are provided by doctors and other health practitioners. They monitor their patients' health and progress to make sure their medications are working effectively and safely.  While the majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, there is an unprecedented demand for pharmacists in a wide variety of occupational settings.  Most schools offer a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm D) degree in a 2+4 format.

Course Name Credits MSJ Course(s) Pre-requisites
General Chemistry I & II 8 CHE 111 & 111A CHE 112 & 112A Math placement 4 or higher
Principles of Biology I & II 8 BIO 111 & 111A BIO 112 & 112A  
Anatomy & Physiology I & II 8 BIO 201 & 201A BIO 202 & 202A BIO 111 & CHE 112
Microbiology 4 BIO 305 & 305A BIO 112 & CHE 112
Organic Chemistry I & II 8 CHE 211 & 211A CHE 212 & 212A CHE 112
Calculus 3 MTH 193 MTH 185
General Physics I & II 8 PHY 201 & 201A PHY 202 & 202A MTH 185
Statistics 3 MTH 174 or MTH 176 MTH 098
Economics 3 ECO 201  
Spoken Word 3 COM 100  
Written Word 3 ENG 101  
Advanced Composition 3 COM 300 ENG 101


The courses that are listed above are commonly required or recommended by graduate schools.  In addition to the specific courses that are listed above, students are expected to take core courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.  Students who are interested in a particular school should refer to that school’s website for specific requirements.

HPAC Advisor:   Jill Russell, PhD
Office:  SC 203, 513-244-4783

Admission Requirements

Pharmacy School Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive, and a minimum GPA is required by some schools.  A variety of factors are examined for admission including: PCAT, GPA, health care experience and interpersonal skills.  Most schools want letters of recommendation from professionals, instructors and advisors.  The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) provides a Pharmacy School Admission Requirements (PSAR)© guidebook that provides the most up-to-date information about each pharmacy school, including specifics about admission requirements, selection factors and educational costs for students entering pharmacy school. The PSAR is online and in print for $35 plus shipping and handling.   For more information: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP):

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for admission. The test is administered 4 times a year, but a new computer based test is being tested in 2011; registration fee is required. To determine whether a college requires the PCAT, you may contact each program individually or review Table 9 of the Pharmacy School Admission Requirements (PSAR) guidebook. For more information: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT):

Tri-state Schools

These summaries and course listings are intended to serve as guidelines. Please refer to the University Catalog at for the latest information on course listings.