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Pre-Pharmacy

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 applying 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 

The curriculum for the pre-pharmacy major at UC consists of 78 semester hours and may take approximately three (3) years to complete.


BIS-Pharmacy (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies-Pharmacy)

This degree path is designed for students who will complete an interdisciplinary liberal arts bachelors degree in addition to the Pharm-D degree. Students will complete all the pre-pharm requirements in three years along with making progress on degree requirements so that they will be on track to complete a BA degree at the end of the fourth year (which coincides with the first professional year in the UC College of Pharmacy). 


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 advisors:  Visit UCBA website to find Pre-Pharmacy advisors

UC Clermont Pre-Pharmacy advisor: Visit UC Clermont website to find Pre-Pharmacy advisors


What resources are available to pre-pharmacy students?

  • UC Resources
    • Blackboard - For current 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.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Student Society - The purpose of the Pre-Pharmacy Student Society is to prepare Pre-Pharmacy students for entrance into the College of Pharmacy by: (1) Connecting Pre-Pharmacy students to Pharmacy students (2) Making Pre-Pharmacy students aware of beneficial opportunities, events, and activities (3) Helping gain knowledge that will assist Pre-Pharmacy students apply to the College of Pharmacy.
    • 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