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Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy is not a major, but rather a compilation of courses and experiences to prepare students for next steps. Professional schools evaluate achievement in required prerequisites, regardless of major. We recommend for students to choose a major they enjoy and in which they can excel.

For Pre-Health inquiries, students are encouraged to contact us to receive assistance in planning when to take these prerequisite courses. Students will receive academic advisement for their chosen degree program with their assigned Academic Advisor.

A competitive GPA is essential when considering a career in the health field. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the Pre-Pharmacy Program. Our experience is that students with a GPA below 3.0 are, unfortunately, not competitive.

The courses listed below are generally required for Pharmacy schools in our region, in addition to the courses necessary for Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) preparation. We encourage students to seek out and familiarize themselves with the prerequisite and admission test requirements of their intended pharmacy school(s), as requirements may vary.

Biology and Anatomy/Physiology Courses

  • BIOL 2107/2107L: Principles of Biology I/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 2108/2108L: Principles of Biology II/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 4240: Biology of Microorganisms (4), or BIOL 2240: Microbiology (4)*
  • KINS 2531/2511: Human A&P I (4)*
  • KINS 2532/2512: Human A&P II (4)*

 

Chemistry Courses

  • CHEM 1145: Principles of Chemistry I/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 1146: Principles of Chemistry II/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 3341: Organic Chemistry I/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 3342: Organic Chemistry II/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 5541: Biochemistry I/Lab (4), or CHEM 3530: Principles of Biochemistry (3)*

 

Mathematics and Physics Courses

  • MATH 1112: Trigonometry (3)
  • MATH 1441: Calculus I (4)
  • STAT 2231: Intro to Statistics (3)
  • PHYS 1111: Intro to Physics I (4), or 2211: Principles of Physics I/Lab (4)
  • PHYS 1112: Intro to Physics II (4), or PHYS 2212: Principles of Physics II/Lab (4)

 

Non-Science Courses

  • COMM 1110: Principles of Public Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 1101: Composition I (3)
  • ENGL 1102: Composition II (3)
  • Social Sciences*
  • World Languages and Culture*
  • Humanities*

 

*Refer to each school’s prerequisite requirements for specific information. Students not planning to complete an undergraduate degree prior to applying to Pharmacy school are strongly encouraged to meet with Mrs. Payne to ensure correct prerequisite courses are planned out and/or fulfilled prior to application.

Visit us on the web at cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/prehealth.

Make it official. Add your Pre-Professional Program: myGeorgiaSouthern > Change Your Major/Add a Minor > Pre-Professional drop down menu > Pre-Pharmacy Program. This step will ensure that you receive up-to-date information from Mrs. Payne regarding Pre-Health Professional Programs.

Learn + Subscribe. Subscribe to the Pre-Health listserv to receive important information from Mr. Braselton. How to subscribe: send an email (from your Georgia Southern email account) to listserv@georgiasouthern.edu and leave the subject line blank. On the first line in the body of the message, type: subscribe PREPROF-L FirstName LastName (see below for example). Type nothing else in the message and press send. You will receive an email confirming that you have been added to the listserv.

listervStudy + Excel. A competitive GPA is essential when considering a career in the health field. You must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to remain in the Pre-Pharmacy Program at Georgia Southern University. Talk with your Academic Advisor, professors and Academic Success Center for help with study skills through various workshops and tutoring.

Resume + Interviews. Create and/or improve your resume at the Office of Career Services. You can also gain confidence and develop your interview skills with a video-taped mock interview.

Job Shadow. We recommend that you gain experience by shadowing pharmacists in a retail, hospital and/or privately owned pharmacies. Document your experiences in a physical or digital format, and obtain at least one letter of reference from a pharmacist you have shadowed.

Relevant Work Experience. Pharmacy schools like to see relevant experience; consider becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician to market yourself for part-time employment.

Volunteer + Lead. We recommend that you participate in volunteer activities that benefit others. Contact the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement for more information about volunteering with local weekly trips, Alternative Break Trips, and more. We also recommend that you participate in leadership seminars, workshops, retreats and LEAD courses. Get involved and join a student club or organization, such as the Association of Pre-Health Professionals or Future Pharmacists’ Association.

Connect + Explore. Get to know your professors and local health care professionals. These individuals are valuable resources for research experience, volunteering, shadowing and letters of recommendation. Consider Study Abroad programs through the Office of International Programs and Services.

Research. Talk with your professors and peers who are involved with undergraduate research and consider opportunities within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). This exam requires substantial amounts of preparation and study time, so it is never too early to begin. Typically, students prepare to take the PCAT in the spring of their junior year, so it is important that necessary coursework be completed by this time. Currently, South University does not require the PCAT exam.

Articulation agreement information coming soon!

Degree: PharmD. Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may provide advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle, conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, and oversee the medications given to patients. Pharmacists work in pharmacies, including those in grocery and drug stores, in addition to hospitals and clinics. Also, there are exciting opportunities to work in areas of research.

Entrance Exam: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Pharmacy Programs in US: PharmCAS PharmD School Directory and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

There are four pharmacy schools in Georgia. Specific admissions requirements are available on each pharmacy school’s website:

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
South University School of Pharmacy
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) School of Pharmacy

Last updated: 6/8/2017

Pre-Health Professional Programs • PO Box 8044-01 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-7472 • prehealth@georgiasouthern.edu