Pre-Pharmacy

Pre Pharmacy Degree

Pre-Pharmacy

What is Pre-Pharmacy?

Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists also monitor the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy to ensure the safe and effective use of medication.

Pre-Pharmacy is a pre-professional track that consists of courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics which are required for required for application to a four-year doctor of pharmacy degree program.  This pre-pharmacy non-degree program is designed for students planning to apply to the PharmD program at the UC College of Pharmacy. Additional coursework may be required for students planning to apply to PharmD programs at other institutions. 

Pre-pharmacy students attending UC Clermont campus are encouraged to work with their major advisor and the Pre-Professional Advising Center to be sure you are the most prepared applicant.  

Colleges of pharmacy base their admission strongly on demonstrated ability in the laboratory sciences. This is only natural given the nature of pharmacy education itself. A student’s overall academic record, score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), pharmacy-related experience and extra-curricular activities are all factors.

PharmD admissions information is available at the College of Pharmacy website.

Career Possibilities

You must complete your doctorate (PharmD) to become a pharmacist. The profession of pharmacy offers excellent opportunities to those interested in science.

Registered pharmacists find careers in the areas of community/retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, wholesaling of drug products, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, government work and teaching. Community pharmacy affords pharmacists an opportunity to become owners of their own businesses. Drug product wholesaling has become an important part of the industry’s distribution method; positions of various types may also be available in this area.

The manufacturing of drug products is one of America’s largest industries, requiring astute attention, accuracy and scientific skill. Every manufactured drug product must be carefully compounded, tested and analyzed before it is offered to the public. Manufacturers also employ pharmacists as medical service representatives who provide drug, clinical and other information to health professions.

Read what the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about this career.

Advising

Pre-pharmacy students attending the UC Clermont campus are encouraged to work with your major advisor and the Pre-Professional Advising Center to be sure you are the most prepared applicant.  
 

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Students on all the campuses of the University of Cincinnati rank our quality of teaching as top level. Our professors consistently use classroom exercises filled with relevant and up-to-date information.

You will find computers used in laboratories not only for data acquisition, but also for data analysis, experimental design and theoretical model evaluation. This refinement of traditional laboratory exercises gives you practical experience in the basic techniques of scientific methodology. You will apply these techniques to individual research projects under the guidance of a faculty member.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Transferring to UC Requirements

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Your college GPA will start fresh upon admission to the University of Cincinnati. However, please keep in mind that UC College of Pharmacy will use your “net” (combined) college GPA and will average all of your science and math GPA grades for admission consideration into the PharmD program.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available at the Center for Pathways Advising and Student Success website. Current UC students are welcome to contact UC Clermont College Admissions office at (513) 732-5319 with questions about the change in college application process. Students are urged to see their advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

Pre-Pharmacy is a major within UC Clermont College, however it is not a degree-granting program. Some students choose to “double” major with other programs to attain an Associate Degree while working on the pre-requisites for admission consideration into UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Students enrolled in a degree seeking program must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor (513) 732-5205 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions page.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undetermined Associate Degree Degree in Pre-Pharmacy

Full-Time Program Duration

3 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu