Students interested in the pre-pharmacy advising track must complete the necessary prerequisites for pharmacy school. The minimum credit requirement varies for each pharmacy school. VCU requires a total minimum of 73 semester hours, however many students earn a baccalaureate degree before entering the program. Students interested in pharmacy school should consult with a pre-professional health adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of pharmacy to which they hope to apply.
Declaration of the pre-pharmacy advising track through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising does not constitute admission to the VCU School of Pharmacy. Students must apply separately to the pharmacy school of their choice at the appropriate time.
Students with an interest in preparing for pharmacy school must declare an academic major and should declare and maintain their pre-pharmacy advising track. Students do not earn a pre-pharmacy degree. Those unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them.
Pharmacy schools across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission into their program. Students should discuss career plans with their pre-professional health adviser for additional guidance.
Major changes in health care have created many opportunities for pharmacists beyond the commonly available positions established in pharmacy practice. Career options include: Community Practice (e.g., Chain, HMO, Independent); Institution (e.g., Hospital, Long Term Care, Veterinary); Consulting; Regulatory (e.g., State, Federal); Industry (e.g., Administration, Business, Research and Development, Technical/Scientific); Academia; and other options (e.g., Automation Technology, Computer Technology, Legal, Mail Order, Third Party Insurance).
As a student interested in a pre-professional health program, you must complete curriculum and professional development requirements listed on the Pre-Professional Health Advising Blog.
Students interested in declaring a pre-pharmacy advising track must attend an “Interest in Pharmacy” workshop. For workshop dates, times, and to RSVP, click here.
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