Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Although specific admission requirements may vary depending on the pharmacy school of one’s choice, these requirements most regularly include: 27 semester hours of general education; 12-21 semester hours of introductory and advanced biology; 8 semester hours of general chemistry; 8 semester hours of organic chemistry; 9 semester hours of English composition and literature; 6 semester hours of mathematics; and 4 semester hours of general physics. Applicants to pharmacy school are expected to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test and to submit all admission materials in a timely manner as specified by each pharmacy school to which one applies. As is true for acceptance to dental and medical schools, pharmacy school admission committees are increasingly interested in candidates who have participated in significant research, volunteer, and shadowing activities that reflect a genuine concern for others and the potential for leadership in the profession.

Uniquely, a cooperative program developed by Lamar University and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy creates a pipeline for highly qualified Lamar students to graduate from UHCOP with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The program provides for the admission of those students who satisfy both academic and non-academic requirements. Primary among its benefits, the cooperative program provides: (1) mentoring and personal assistance to prepare for UHCOP while completing the pre-pharmacy curriculum; (2) career counseling, mentoring, and networking with local alumni;(3) shadowing of current Lamar Pharm.D. students during the academic year; and (4) admission to UHCOP if all program requirements are met. For details visit http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmD/co-ops/lamar-cooperative/. 

To learn more about preparing for a career in pharmacy, review the following curriculum suggestions, professional resources, and virtual links to pharmacy schools in Texas.

Curriculum Suggestions  pre-pharmacy program of study

Professional Resources
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/admissions/Pages/PCAT.aspx
Pharmacy College Admission Test
http://www.pcatweb.info/
Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)
http://www.pharmcas.org/

Pharmacy Schools in Texas
Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Kingsville
http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/
Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
http://www.tsu.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/college-of-pharmacy-and-health-sciences/
Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Pharmacy
http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sop/
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/
University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
http://www.hsc.unt.edu/education/scp/
University of Texas College of Pharmacy
http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/
University of Texas at Tyler College of Pharmacy
http://www.uttyler.edu/pharmacy
University of the Incarnate Word-Feik School of Pharmacy
http://www.uiw.edu/pharmacy/