Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
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What is Pre-Pharmacy?
The four-year programs at Washington State University and University of Washington lead to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Western provides a series of courses which prepares students for application to the College of Pharmacy at either institution. Admission into a pharmacy program is highly selective and includes evaluation of GPA, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Students are encouraged to research the school of their choice for detailed information at http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/Pages/default.aspx.
- Take Math Placement test and begin appropriate math sequence to complete Calculus I: MATH 124.
- Begin General Chemistry series as soon as possible: CHEM 121, 122, 123.
- Begin General Biology series winter or spring quarter: BIOL 204, 205, 206.
- Work on GURs, including ENG 101 and ECON 206.
- Begin pre-requisite and co-requisite courses for possible major.
- Meet with Pre-Healthcare Advisor to develop a plan of study.
- Continue through Organic Chemistry series: CHEM 351, 352, 353, 354, & 355 (or 356 for non-Chem majors).
- Take Genetics: BIOL 321 or 323.
- Take Anatomy & Physiology: BIOL 348, 349 (or complete junior year).
- Take a second English composition course: ENG 201 or 202.
- Declare or apply for major.
- Research careers and graduate schools.
- Prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) to be taken the summer after junior year.
- Begin Biochemistry: CHEM 471, 472 or BIOL 471, 472 (or take these in senior year).
- Take Microbiology with lab: BIOL 345 and 346 (or BIOL 245).
- Take stats class: MATH 240 (or equivalent in major, if offered).
- Take a third English composition course: ENG 301 or 302.
- Take a communication course: COMM 327 or 331.
- Begin primary application to Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
- Draft personal statement.
- Request letters of recommendation from professors and professionals.
- Prepare for possible pharmacy school interview with a mock interview (or do spring of junior year).
- Complete major, GUR, WP and other graduation requirements.
- Two quarters before graduation, meet with faculty advisor for major evaluation and apply for graduation.
- Note: Advanced Placement is not generally recognized by professional schools as college-earned credit.
- Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS): http://www.pharmcas.org
- PCAT: http://www.pcatweb.info
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP): http://www.aacp.org
- Students should join the pre-pharmacy listserv by sending an e-mail message to Renee.Murray@wwu.edu with this information: subject: pre-pharm listserv, Last name, First name, student number.