Pre-Pharmacy

The pre-pharmacy program is offered through the College of Science and Mathematics and is an essential guide to applying to pharmacy school. The program is designed to get students ready for pharmacy school with classes that pertain to the profession. Students in pre-pharmacy will receive individual guidance from the Auburn pre-health advising program in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Although students are not required to earn a degree before attending pharmacy school, many students do. The most common major for these students is Biomedical Sciences. However, the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree requires four academic years of professional pharmacy study beyond the pre-pharmacy program requirements.

Students can consult the websites of individual pharmacy schools for specific admission requirements and acceptance criteria. Links are listed on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) website. Students can apply through The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). PharmCAS facilitates application to multiple U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy with completion of one application. If the schools to which students are applying do not use PharmCAS, then applicants must apply directly to those schools.

In addition to a strong academic portfolio, students are encouraged to volunteer in various pharmacy settings and be part of pre-health profession clubs such as Alpha Epsilon Delta (health pre-professional honor society) and the Pre-Pharmacy Club.

Quick Pointers

  • The pre-pharmacy curriculum typically requires six semesters to complete
  • Curriculum must be completed by end of term preceding enrollment in pharmacy school
  • Students may earn a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment in pharmacy school
  • Application process begins about one year before expected date of entry in pharmacy school
  • Students can receive help with the application process from pre-health advisors and at Pre-Pharmacy Club meetings
  • FAQ

    How can I prepare while in the pre-pharmacy program?
    Keep up with your studies!
    Be a part of clubs! Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) holds meetings twice a month on Tuesday evenings and house speakers that address a variety of topics related to the health profession. Members also have opportunities to participate in volunteer and leadership activities sponsored by the organization. The Pre-Pharmacy Club is affiliated with AED and has meetings on Monday nights throughout the academic year.
    Volunteer! Volunteering is a great way for students to gain experience in various pharmacy settings and allows them to confirm their interest in a pharmacy career. It also provides additional information about all aspect of the pharmacy profession.
    How do I apply to pharmacy school?
    To apply to pharmacy school students should seek additional information about the pharmacy school of interest and apply through the The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
    Are there any scholarships available for pre-health students?
    Yes! There are a limited number of scholarships available for highly qualified students. See the scholarship page.
    How can I obtain information about the Pharmacy College Admission test?
    Registration packets are available in the COSAM Dean’s Office in Room 239 Sciences Center Classroom Building. Information can also be obtained from www.pcatweb.info.
    What does the pre-pharmacy curriculum look like?
    Visit the pre-pharmacy curriculum page for the full overview of classes

    Last Updated: October 7, 2014