Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What test do I have to take to apply to pharmacy school?
A. While institutional requirements may vary, most programs require applicants to submit scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), generally taken before or during the fall semester of the application year (senior year of college).
Q. What should I major in to be a Pharmacist?
A. Necessary coursework is heavily weighted toward the sciences, but a science major is not essential. Most students choose a major in the natural sciences like biology, micro-biology, and chemistry because most of the pre-requisite courses will be built into that curriculum.
Q. When do I apply to pharmacy school?
A. The deadline and process vary from program to program, but generally the application will be submitted through PHARMCAS the summer before your last year of undergrad.
Q. What are the pharmacy school requirements?
A. In addition to pre-requisite course work and exams, applicants to pharmacy programs are expected to have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through participation in relevant activities, which may include volunteer work or employment in a pharmacy-related environment (retail or otherwise). Interested students should contact specific institutions to determine detailed admission requirements and meet with a Bellarmine pre-pharmacy advisor as soon as possible to develop a plan that will satisfy all prerequisites. Additional information regarding careers in pharmacy and the application process may be found on the Pharmacy College Application Service website.
Q. What are the pharmacy pre-requisite courses?
A. Course requirements may vary institutionally and by program, so you will want to have a list of schools, but the courses listed below will satisfy prerequisites for admission to many institutions.