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Pre-Pharmacy

Welcome to the College of The Ozarks Pre-Pharmacy Track page! The Pre-Pharmacy program was designed to help students receive the guidance they need to attain a pharmacy degree or a pharmacist education. This program track allows students to select their major. Many applicants choose to major in biology or chemistry, but students admitted into pharmacy school have such diverse majors and social studies or the humanities.

Science majors may be required to take extra courses in the humanities courses, while students with other majors should take additional science courses above the prerequisites. It is important that Pre-Pharmacy students emphasize a balanced liberal arts education. They should take courses that are focused on the humanities and related courses.

Pre-Pharmacy Track

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements For Program Admission

Most pharmacy schools require the following courses be completed prior to admission. Since admission requirements vary slightly for different medical schools, the student is urged to investigate the specific requirements for the medical school they wish to attend

Two semesters of English composition
ENG 103 College Composition I
ENG 303 College Composition II

One semester of Communication
SPC 103 or 203 or 303 or 323

One semester to meet Constitution Requirement
His 103 or Pol 103

Biological Sciences
BIO 114 General Zoology
BIO 124 General Botany
BIO 384 Cell Biology
BIO 144 Human Anatomy
BIO 304 Microbiology

Two semesters of general chemistry
CHE 114 General Chemistry I
CHE 124 General Chemistry II

Two semesters of organic chemistry
CHE 215 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 225 Organic Chemistry II

One semester of mathematics 
MAT 175 Calculus I

One semester of physics
PHY 214 College Physics I

One semester of medical terminology
FCN 311 Medical Terminology

Objectives of Pre-Pharmacy Programs

Pre-Pharmacy track students will be expected to: 

  • Students should strive to prepare themselves for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT),
  • maintain a high grade point average, work and volunteer in situations where they will have patient contact (e.g., hospitals and elderly care facilities),
  • and demonstrate good time management skills by active involvement in community service and extracurricular activities such as clubs and student government.

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