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The practice of pharmacy in the United States requires the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree plus an internship. This degree requires six years of post high school study. In Michigan, accredited pharmacy programs are offered at Ferris State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Internships can be completed at a variety of sites and are typically arranged before graduation. Each program has a different set of admission requirements. The program is completed at a regular college of pharmacy. Please contact the Pre-Pharmacy advisor for complete admission requirements.

The following abbreviated schedule indicates some of the recommended courses for a student interested in pharmacy. Only the first semester is indicated so that all students may begin without undue delay. No later than the second semester of the first year, All students should consult with the pre-pharmacy advisor concerning appropriate coursework. during their first semester on campus.

Recommended Course of Study

First Semester:

ENG 101Freshman Composition


CHM 131General Chemistry I


BIO 111Foundations of Evolution and Diversity



MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics



MTH 132Calculus I



Elective, see advisor


Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT): This test, required by all pharmacy schools, is usually administered as a computerized exam offered in July, September and January. Student can register for the exam online and should plan on preparing for the exam three3 months before the scheduled test date.

Application to Pharmacy Schools: These materials should be obtained and prepared during the spring semester prior to the ap-plication process, which normally occurs during the summer. Most pharmacy schools use the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). This application service can be found online.