Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacists are an increasingly significant part of the wellness movement through counseling and preventive medicine. Indeed, most people visit their pharmacist more often than they see their doctor, and communities depend upon their pharmacist as a reliable source of quality health care information. One of the greatest advantages of a pharmacy degree is the diverse range of career opportunities available to you.

Pharmacists complete three levels of education: high school, pre-pharmacy coursework in college, and four years of pharmacy school leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD). Students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy can complete all aspects of pre-pharmacy and pharmacy school at Presbyterian College. We understand that students often realize that they want to be pharmacists at different points in their lives and educations. That’s why Presbyterian College offers three different ways for you to prepare for pharmacy school.

Traditional Pre-Pharmacy Path

The traditional pre-pharmacy path offers the most flexibility, allowing students to complete their pre-pharmacy coursework in just two or three years or with further study, to earn a bachelor’s degree. During the last year of pre-pharmacy coursework, students apply to pharmacy school via the national Pharmacy College Application Service (www.PharmCAS.org).

  • This path could be right for you if
    • You prefer to investigate careers during college and would like flexibility in scheduling your classes or options to take more electives.
  • Benefits of this path:
    • PCAT not required if apply Early Decision
    • Guaranteed interview with 2.75 or better GPA

Learn more about the Traditional Pre-Pharmacy Path.

Degree Plus Pre-Pharmacy Path

The Degree Plus Pre-Pharmacy Program combines pre-pharmacy courses with requirements for either a biology degree or chemistry degree at PC. Upon completion of three years pre-pharmacy and the fouryear professional program, students earn both a BS in either biology or chemistry and a PharmD in seven years. During the last year of pre-pharmacy coursework, students apply to pharmacy school via the national Pharmacy College Application Service (www.PharmCAS.org).

  • This path could be right for you if
    • You like the benefits of the traditional pre-pharmacy path, but it’s important to you to earn a BS degree.
  • Benefits of this path:
    • Earn both a BS and PharmD in seven years
    • PCAT not required if apply Early Decision
    • Guaranteed interview with 2.75 or better GPA

Learn more about the Degree Plus Pre-Pharmacy Program.

Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Path

Exceptional high school seniors who aspire to the pharmacy profession may apply to the Early Entry PrePharmacy Program at PC.  To apply, seniors must first be accepted as undergraduates at PC.  They should then apply directly to and interview with the School of Pharmacy during their senior year of high school.  Accepted students complete a rigorous two-year curriculum at PC, including coursework, professional exploration, and service in the community.  Students who complete the undergraduate program with a satisfactory GPA and successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screen will seamlessly transition into pharmacy school after two years.

  • This path could be right for you if
    • You’re a high school senior who has investigated pharmacy careers and is determined to pursue a career in pharmacy.
  • Benefits of this path:
    • Earn a PharmD in six years
    • Seat reserved in pharmacy school
    • No additional application required
    • PCAT not required

Learn more about the Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program.

Need help deciding which option is best for you? Contact Undergraduate Admissions 864.833.8230 or Contact Pharmacy Admissions 864.938.3911. You can also email us at pharmacy@presby.edu.