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Why study Pre-Pharmacy?

Pharmacists play a critical role in modern health care, dispensing drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and providing information to patients about medications. 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 that are required for application to a four-year doctor of pharmacy degree program. This pre-pharmacy non-degree program is specifically designed for students planning to apply to the PharmD program at the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Additional coursework may be required for students planning to apply to PharmD programs at other institutions. 

Pre-pharmacy students attending the 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.  

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 an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

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

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

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. Positions are also available in drug product wholesaling, which has become an important part of the industry’s distribution method.

The manufacturing of drug products is one of the largest industries in the US, 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 more about career outlook in pharmacy from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

Pre-pharmacy students attending the 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.  

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes 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.

UC Clermont's Academic Success Center is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

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 the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Students enrolled in a degree-seeking program must complete an application for degree the semester before they expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

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.

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. Current UC students are welcome to contact the UC Clermont 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 degree progress.

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.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions page.

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

Contact Information

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319

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