STEAM

Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacists dispense medication and advise patients on the safety and effectiveness of their medications. The US Department of Labor identifies the median pay for a pharmacist as $116,670 a year. The job growth is expected to be above average at 14% through 2022. Are you interested in becoming a pharmacist?

A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree can be earned at one of over 100 pharmacy schools in North America after the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. Admission to pharmacy school also requires an admission exam (Pharmacy College Admission Test or PharmCAT), and the completion of required pre-pharmacy courses. A sample of pre-pharmacy coursework is listed below. For a complete list of pharmacy schools along with the requirements for each, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) website.

Subject

PVCC Courses

Credit Hours

One year

Biology

BIO181

BIO182

8 credits

One year

General Chemistry

CHM151 & CHM151LL

CHM152 & CHM152LL

8 credits

One year

Organic Chemistry

CHM235 & CHM235LL

CHM236 & CHM236LL

8 credits

One year

Anatomy & Physiology

BIO201

BIO202

4/8 credits

One semester

Microbiology

BIO205

4 credits

One semester

Physics

PHY111

 

4 credits

One semester

Calculus

MAT213 or MAT220

 

3 credits

One semester

Statistics

MAT206

3 credits

One year

English

ENG101

ENG102

6 credits

One semester

Public Speaking

COM225

3 credits

One semester

Economics

ECN211 or ECN212

 

3 credits

One year

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Choose from PSY101,

SOC101, SOC270,

ASB102, ASB214,

POS110 and more…

6 credits

One & half years

Humanities & Fine Arts

Choose from HIS100,

PHI101, PHI105, PHI213, REL100, THE111, DAH100 and more…

8-9 credits

IMPORTANT: Always check with an academic advisor at PVCC and at your chosen university before planning your coursework.

PVCC provides a quality and cost-effective way to begin your path to becoming a pharmacist. Pre-pharmacy courses (and general education requirements for your baccalaureate degree; 90 out of 120 credit hours in some cases) can be taken at the conveniently located campus of PVCC instead of a costly university. PVCC has small class sizes, state-of-the-at laboratory equipment, and dedicated professors that make your education their number one priority. In addition, PVCC has a Professional Scientist Preparation Program (PSPP) that provides:

  • Career testing
  • Critical-thinking assessment
  • Personal-statement writing workshops
  • Mock interviews for professional schools
  • Identification of scholarship resources

Finally, PVCC also has a pre-pharmacy and HOSA-Future Health Professionals clubs with distinguished guest speakers, volunteer opportunities in the community, and social gatherings with other pre-pharmacy students. For more information about the Pre-Pharmacy Club at PVCC, contact Satinder Bains (satinder.bains@paradisevalley.edu).

There are two pharmacy schools in Arizona: Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale( www.midwestern.edu/programs-and-admission-az-pharmacy.html) and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson (www.pharmacy.arizona.edu). Please visit their websites for complete admission requirements.