Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy Advisement Track

  • The Pre-Pharmacy concentration satisfies the course requirements for admission at most pharmacy schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, and can vary depending on the pharmacy program to which students intend to apply.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
  • BIOL 130, 131, 133, 201, 362
  • CHEM 111-112, 221-322
  • PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204)
  • MATH 223 (also MATH 224 if taking PHYS 204)
  • STAT 101
  • PSYC 100
  • COMP 100
  • COMM 100
  • LITR 100
  • ECON 111

NOTE: Some pharmacy schools now require biochemistry (including University of Buffalo, Touro and PCOM, among others.) Students are expected to check the individual pharmacy school requirements to confirm prerequisite courses.

  • BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362
  • CHEM 111-112, 221-322
  • PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204)
  • MATH 223 (also MATH 224 if taking PHYS 204)
  • STAT 101
  • PSYC 100
  • COMP 100
  • COMM 100
  • LITR 100
  • ECON 111

NOTE: Some pharmacy schools now require biochemistry (including University of Buffalo, Touro and PCOM, among others.) Students are expected to check the individual pharmacy school requirements to confirm prerequisite courses.

The timeline for applying to pharmacy school varies among students and is dependent on a variety of factors, including successful completion of prerequisite coursework, competitive PCAT examination scores, and appropriate healthcare experience.

Many Pre-Pharmacy students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to pharmacy school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning pharmacy school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter dental school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

For more information about becoming a pharmacist, check out the AACP webpage.

Transfer to four-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs can be done as early as after the sophomore year of undergraduate, but is becoming more common to complete the B.S. degree before entering pharmacy school.

Application to pharmacy school is made through the centralized application PharmCAS

The PCAT is required for admission to PharmD programs.

Students generally request up to four letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf for pharmacy school applications. Appropriate recommenders include science faculty, other course instructors, healthcare professionals, current or former employers, and professional references.

Pre-Pharmacy questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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