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In order to become a pharmacist:

  • complete a bachelor’s degree (in any major)
    • or attend a pharmacy college that offers both pre-pharmacy and pharmacy curriculums
  • take the appropriate pre-requisite coursework
  • take the Pharmacy College Admission Test ( PCAT)
  • complete a four-year pharmacy school program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.)

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into pharmacy school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Pharmacy schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU for many pharmacy schools:

  • BIOL 140, BIOL 291, BIOL 292, BIOL 313
    Principles of Biology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology in Heath & Nutrition
  • CHEM 139, CHEM 140, CHEM 241, CHEM 242
    General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 130, PHYS 131
    Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II
  • MATH 170, MATH 153 (may require prerequisites MATH 130 and/or MATH 146)
    Applied Statistics, Calculus I (may require prerequisites College Algebra and/or Precalculus)

Advanced coursework in Biology and Chemistry is highly recommended.
Some pharmacy schools have a foreign language requirement.

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or

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