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The College of Pharmacy admissions committee carefully reflects on the overall preparation of each candidate. The profession of pharmacy requires pharmacists to have the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to work collaboratively in the provision of outstanding patient care. For this reason, the College values mature students with a breadth of personal experiences, in addition to strong academic preparation in foundational and biomedical sciences. This level of preparation is typically equivalent to the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Coursework required to be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is listed below. Most prerequisites can be completed at any appropriately accredited college or university. Foundational sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Biology) must meet specific requirements, as indicated. Preparation in biomedical sciences (e.g. Microbiology, Physiology, and Biochemistry) is also required and all coursework must be completed prior to beginning the professional program.
The breadth and strength of each candidate’s overall academic preparation is evaluated during the admissions process. Preferred courses in the biomedical science are indicated. Candidates often choose to supplement their preparation with upper division coursework in a diversity of disciplines, ranging from languages to specialized topics in the sciences.
(Oregon State University courses that meet these prerequisites are listed for reference.)
|PREREQUISITE||NOTES||OREGON STATE COURSES|
|1 year of General Chemistry with lab.||For science majors.||CH 231, CH 261, CH 232,CH 262, CH 233, and CH 263|
|1 year of Principles of Biology with lab.||For science majors.||BI 211, BI 212, and BI 213|
|2 quarters or 1 semester of Physics with lab.||Algebra- or calculus-based. Full sequence preferred; 2 quarters or 1 semester acceptable.||PH 201 and PH 202 are required. PH 203 is recommended.|
|1 year of Organic Chemistry with lab.||For science majors.||CH 331, CH 332, and CH 337|
|1 quarter or 1 semester of Microbiology with lab.||Upper-division level coursework is preferred.||MB 302 and MB 303|
|1 sequence of Human Physiology.||Upper-division level coursework is preferred. Maybe one to three courses depending on the institution. Can be a combined A&P sequence.|
|1 sequence of Human Anatomy.||Upper-division level coursework is preferred. May be one to three courses depending on the institution. Can be a combined A&P sequence.|
|2 quarters or 1 semester of Biochemistry.||Upper-division level coursework is REQUIRED.||BB 450 and BB 451 or BB 490, BB 491, and BB 492|
|1 quarter or 1 semester of Calculus.||MTH 241, MTH 251 or MTH 227|
|1 quarter or 1 semester of Statistics.||Biostatistics is preferred.||ST 201 or ST 351|
|1 quarter or 1 semester of Public Health Care Delivery/Economics selective||One course addressing perspectives in public healthcare delivery or economics.||Examples: H 210, ECON 201 or ECON 202|
Note that "one year" means two semester-long classes or three quarter-long classes. "Sequence" means the complete series of courses on that topic offered by your institution. "Upper-division level" means courses targeted at college juniors and seniors. Such courses often have course numbers in the 300s and 400s. An academic advisor can help you determine whether a course is upper-division level or lower-division level.
Competitive applicants who have completed biomedical sciences at the lower-division level typically supplement preparation with upper division coursework in related areas of study. Many successful applicants and professionals bring valued strengths in one area that can balance less rigorous preparation in others.
Students who will not complete a bachelor's degree before entering the Pharm.D. program must also complete these prerequisite courses:
We encourage all prospective students to contact the College of Pharmacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-3424 and speak with an advisor about prerequisite courses at your institution. If a particular course is not offered at your institution, an advisor may be able to suggest a substitute. Many questions about these prerequisites are addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The above prerequisites represent the minimum academic preparation required. Supplemental preparation in a number of different areas can advantage candidates in the application process and optimize success while in the professional program.
Examples of supplemental preparation include:
In addition to a strong academic undergraduate program, competitive applicants will have researched the profession of pharmacy and possess an awareness of contemporary issues in healthcare. This awareness is often gained through work, volunteer, or shadowing experiences in a variety of healthcare settings or informational interviews with pharmacy professionals.
Leadership experience and the ability to work collaboratively are equally important as part of a candidates resume. For example, applicants may have served as officers or committee chairs in clubs or service organizations, been involved in leading volunteer efforts, managed employees, or worked in high functioning groups to spearhead change in a variety settings.
The College of Pharmacy and the pharmacy profession value the richness found within a learning community that is diverse in life experiences and cultures. Our most successful students come from a variety of backgrounds, but typically share:
We encourage all prospective students to contact the College of Pharmacy at email@example.com or 541-737-3424; and discuss their application with an advisor early in the process. Many successful applicants and professionals bring strengths in one area that can balance less rigorous preparation in others. If a particular course is not offered at your institution, an advisor may be able to suggest a substitute. Many questions are also addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page.