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Pre-Pharmacy is a major, but it is not a degree-granting program. The pre-pharmacy curriculum consists of required prerequisites for the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

The pre-pharmacy curriculum is rigorous, with additional non-academic expectations upon application to pharmacy school.

PPAC advisors work with students to ensure proper course selections and serve as a resource for academic and non-academic success to help shape students into competitive applicants for pharmacy school.

What does it mean to be a pre-pharmacy student?

  • You have the desire to become a pharmacist.
  • You are taking courses required by the pharmacy schools to which you hope to apply (two years or longer, depending on the school).
  • You are working with the PPAC by attending workshops and advising sessions.
  • You are exploring the field through employment or observation at a pharmacy, and by investigating alternative career options.
  • You are investigating admissions expectations of various colleges of pharmacy.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum 

Currently, two (2) years undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework is required before applying for admittance into the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Students work on their own individual path to applying.

New! Beginning Fall 2016 -- For UC undergraduates beginning Fall 2016, the pre-pharmacy curriculum may take approximately three (3) years to complete and will consist of 75 semester hours. 

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

UC Clifton/Uptown West Pre-Pharmacy advisors:  Doe Gavin and Veronica Joiner

  • Pre-Pharmacy advisors in the PPAC serve as the primary advisors for the pre-pharmacy major on the Uptown/Clifton campus. 
  • Freshman Mandatory Advising: Freshmen must register for and attend a mandatory advising workshop in the fall and spring semesters. 

UC Blue Ash Pre-Pharmacy advisor:  Melinda Greer

UC Clermont Pre-Pharmacy advisor: Pilar Ramos-Richey, MEd

What resources are available to pre-pharmacy students?

  • Blackboard - A&S Pre-Pharmacy students - find the Pre-Pharmacy Major Information community using the "Community" tab once you've logged in to Blackboard. See announcements, academic resources, requirements for pharmacy programs, etc.
  • PharmPhacts- University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Is Right for Me
  • AACP - The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Website provides you with a wealth of valuable information.
  • PCAT - Pharmacy College Admissions Test
  • PharmCAS - Pharmacy College Application Service
  • American Pharmacists Association - Educate yourself about current events and trends within the pharmacy profession.
  • PSAR - Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements for all pharmacy programs

Advising Tips

Advising is a partnership. Therefore, there are things we both need to do to make it a productive partnership. Here are 5 Advising tips to help us both be our best!

1) Prepare for the appointment. I should review your academic record and notes. You should call ahead if you need to cancel, prepare questions ahead of time etc.

2) We both should be present for the appointment…put away cell phones, take notes. We should both talk openly in the advising sessions. I should ask questions and you should be prepared to answer questions.

3) Don’t wait for the last minute to ask for help. I should be sending you resources and you should be proactive in taking advantage of them.

4) Be patient. Problems that need to be resolved require patience and professionalism on both of our parts. We should use etiquette in our written and oral communications to each other and others involved.

5) Follow-up. Let’s keep each other in the loop on things. I care about your success and want to celebrate the small wins with you along the way.