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Pre-Pharmacy Track at Hope College
What is Pharmacy and is it for me?
Pharmacy is more than just Walgreens or CVS. Pharmacy is a dynamic and amazing profession. The best way to learn about pharmacy is: Pharmacy is Right for Me.
What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended
Pharmacy School admission requirements are determined by each pharmacy school. Since a pharmacy school can add additional courses to its requirements at anytime, it is essential that a student looks up the most up-to-date information directly from the pharmacy schools directory. Use the PHARMCAS URL.
Courses Required at the 3 State of Michigan Pharmacy Schools:
Courses for other Pharmacy Schools may be looked at Pharmacy School directory via PHARMCAS.
You want to complete the above required courses so you are prepared for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which is typically taken in the fall of the senior year. The PCAT is required by about half of the pharmacy schools. To learn more about the PCAT, click here.
What do I major in? Choice of Academic Major
Pharmacy schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. Students should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Pharmacy schools are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and level of rigor; not with the specific academic major. While many students who are pursuing a career in pharmacy are interested in the sciences and major in one of the sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas.
Do I need to shadow or know the pharmacy profession?
The short is YES!
Students should also be aware that pharmacy school admission committees want to see that a student has learned about the pharmacy profession through first-hand experience. This experience should include a job or volunteer work in a pharmacy. It should also include job shadowing one or more pharmacists in different job environments. Pharmacy school admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving others and that the student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
Useful Web Links to Pharmacy School Information
State of Michigan Pharmacy Programs
Links to General Information
For current Hope students, advising & questions related to the pre-pharmacy track at Hope College, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.
For all others, please contact, Hope College Admissions Office.