Pharmacists have extensive knowledge of medications and clinical therapeutics. Pharmacists not only dispense prescriptions, but also provide consumers with information about the benefits and risks of prescribed drug treatments. Monitoring drug therapy and counseling consumers are important roles of a pharmacist.
“Pre-Pharmacy” is not a degree program at UTC. Pre-pharmacy students generally spend two or three years at UTC and then four years at an approved pharmacy school. As a pre-pharmacy student you should plan to take courses that will prepare you for admission to one of the approximately 85 accredited colleges of pharmacy in the USA. If you decide to stay at UTC to complete a degree you must satisfy all department and university degree requirements. Since pharmacy schools have slightly different admission requirements, always check individual school requirements carefully. The best source of current admissions information is the pharmacy school website
Regional Pharmacy Schools:
- University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy, Memphis TN
- East Tennessee State University, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
- Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Birmingham, Alabama
- Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia
- Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama
- Creighton University School of Pharmacy, Omaha, NE. School has both a campus program and an distance learning program online
- Belmont University School of Pharmacy
- Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
- Union University School of Pharmacy
- University of Georgia College of Pharmacy,
Visit Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to find a listing of all accredited pharmacy programs.
Pharmacy school admissions requirements vary significantly! It is YOUR responsibility to become familiar with the admission requirements of the schools you select!
Here is an example:
- 4 SH - Human Anatomy (BIOL 1910/1910L)
- 4 SH - Human Physiology (BIOL 2080/2080L)
- 3 SH - Biochemistry (CHEM 4510)
- 4 SH - Microbiology (BIOL 3110/3110L or 2100/2100L)
- 4 SH - Cellular Biology (BIOL 4280/4280L)
- 3 SH - Statistics (MATH 2100)
- 3 SH - Public Speaking (varies)
- 4 SH - Physics (PHYS 1030/1030L) (varies)
- 8 SH - Electives
In addition to meeting the specific admission requirements of the specific Pharmacy program, you must complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
Most applications to Pharmacy programs are processed through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), a centralized application service for applicants applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy.