Pharmacy Operation and Regulatory Professional | Academic Developer and Leader in Postsecondary Education
Los Angeles, California
Most if not all US pharmacy schools require the applicants to complete a number of general and organic chemistry courses as well as biology classes as pre-requisite for attending pharmacy school. Having a good understanding of organic chemistry and biology is paramount for pharmacy students to further study clinical pharmacology. The pre-requisite requirements do vary from school to school. Being major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry +/- a couple elective courses would fulfill the requirements.
With that said, being a pharmacist is so much more than just dispensing medications and knowing basic pharmacology. A lot of pharmacists are also required to run the pharmacy business as a pharmacy owner or a manager. If you can afford it, I actually recommend a business related degree or other degrees that set you apart from all other candidates with their biology/chemistry degrees.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Research your target pharmacy schools. You need to know what the pre-requisite coursework is needed for each school.
- Research the pharmacy industry! Many pharmacy students pursue an MBA, a law degree, or a PhD degree along with their PharmD degree. The question , “what you want to do in 5 and 10 years?”, is worth answering as you are contemplating your options as your are entering college.
- Become a pharmacist for the right reason. A pharmacist is first and foremost a clinician whose primary responsibility is to take care patients. If that’s what you want to do, it is a great and rewarding career.
- Good luck!