Pharmacy (Pre)

Pre-Pharmacy is a pre-professional track that consists of courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics which are required for admission consideration by pharmacy schools.  This pre-pharmacy non-degree program is designed for students planning to apply to the PharmD program at the UC College of Pharmacy. Additional coursework may be required for students planning to apply to PharmD programs at other institutions. 

Students interested in applying to pharmacy school should apply to the AA-CHEM degree program at UCBA, which most closely matches the pre-pharmacy curriculum, and the additional required courses can be added to complete the PharmD prerequisites. Admission to the UC College of Pharmacy is based on competitive admission.


Where It Will Take You

The profession of pharmacy offers excellent opportunities to those interested in science. Registered pharmacists find careers in the areas of community and wholesale pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, hospital pharmacy, government work and teaching.

Competition to pharmacy school is keen, and because significant time and expense are involved, students are encouraged to plan for alternative careers as back up plans.


Non-Degree Program

Pre-Pharmacy is not a major but a pre-professional track that consists of courses required for admission to pharmacy school. The pre-pharmacy course requirements are broken down in the details section of this page.

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Contact Information

Chemistry Department
Melinda Greer
Phone: (513) 936-7165
Email: melinda.greer@uc.edu

Program Details:  Pharmacy (Pre)

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy is a pre-professional track that consists of courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics which are required for admission consideration by pharmacy schools.  This pre-pharmacy non-degree program is designed for students planning to apply to the PharmD program at the UC College of Pharmacy. Additional coursework may be required for students planning to apply to PharmD programs at other institutions. 

Students interested in applying to pharmacy school should apply to the AA-CHEM degree program at UCBA, which most closely matches the pre-pharmacy curriculum, and the additional required courses can be added to complete the PharmD prerequisites. Admission to the UC College of Pharmacy is based on competitive admission.

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Quick Info

Program Code

28ADV-ADVPPHR

Duration

varies

Admission Criteria

Open

Location

Regional Campus

Department

Chemistry
Blue Ash College

Contact

9555 Plainfield Rd
Cincinnati,OH  45236
Melinda Greer
Email: Melinda.Greer@uc.edu
Phone: 513-936-7165

Student Success Factors

While ability in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics and success on the pharmacy college admissions test (PCAT) are important in gaining admission to pharmacy school, personal qualities are also important. Pharmacy schools explore a prospective candidate’s interpersonal skills, integrity, motivation and empathy.

Career Possibilities

The profession of pharmacy offers excellent opportunities to those interested in science. Registered pharmacists find careers in the areas of community and wholesale pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, hospital pharmacy, government work and teaching.

Competition to pharmacy school is keen, and because significant time and expense are involved, students are encouraged to plan for alternative careers as back up plans

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Pre-Pharmacy is not a major but a pre-professional track that consists of courses required for admission to pharmacy school. The pre-pharmacy course requirements are detailed in the link below.

For identification purposes and to be placed with the correct advisor, prospective UCBA students should indicate an interest in pursuing a career in pharmacy when applying.

The AA-CHEM degree program at UCBA most closely matches the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the additional required courses can be added to complete the PharmD prerequisites.

Curriculum

These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Fall Semester 1st Year

Spring Semester 1st Year

BIOL 1081 & 1081L

Biology I + Lab

4

BIOL 2031C

Microbiology for Health

3

CHEM 1040 & 1040L

General Chemistry I + Lab

5

CHEM 1041 & 1041L

General Chemistry II + Lab

5

MATH 1044

Applied Calculus I

3

MATH 1045

Applied Calculus II

3

ENGL1001

English Composition

3

 

*General Education Elect.

3

Fall Semester 2nd Year

Spring Semester 2nd Year

CHEM 2040 & 2040L

Organic Chemistry I + Lab

5

CHEM 2041 & 2041L

Organic Chemistry II + Lab

5

PHYS 1051 & 1051L

General Physics I + Lab

5

PHYS 1052 & 1052L

General Physics II + Lab

5

 

*General Education Elect.

3

 

*General Education Elect.

3

Fall Semester 3rd Year

Spring Semester 3rd Year

BIOL 2001C

Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIOL 2002C

Anatomy & Physiology II

4

STAT 1034

Elementary Statistics I

3

CHEM 3040

Biochemistry

3

 

*General Education Elect.

3

ENGL 2089

Intermediate Comp.

3

 

*General Education Elect

3

     

*General Education Electives
  • To be considered to admission to the UC College of Pharmacy, you must have completed at least 15 semester hours of General Education electives by the start of the first professional year.
    • Six (6) hours in Arts &Humanities(HU&,HP,FA codes) and six (6) hours in Social Sciences (SS) must be completed. One course fromeach discipline must also carry a Diversity & Culture (DC) or Social & Ethical Issues (SE) code. Three (3) credit hours are free electives (any discipline).
Arts & Humanities (HU & LT, HP, FA codes)
 
Examples include but are not limited to classics, literature, foreign languages, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, dance, drama, music, visual arts, and history. 6 hours required. At least 3 hours must carry Diversity & Culture (DC) OR Social & Ethical (SE) code along with HU & LT, HP, or FA codes.
 
Sample courses include:
  • COMM 1071: Public Speaking (HU & LT)
  • FAM 2061: Music of the Beatles (FA, SE)
  • PHIL 1025: Contemporary Moral Issues (HU & LT, SE)
  • HIST 1001: US History I (HP, DC)
 
Behavioral & Social Sciences (SS codes)


Examples include but are not limited to communication, cultural anthropology, economics, human geography, planning, political science, psychology and sociology. 6 hours required. At least 3 hours must carry Diversity & Culture (DC) or Social & Ethical (SE) code along with SS codes.
 
Sample courses include:
 
  • ANTH 1001: Cultural Anthropology (DC, SS)
  • WGS or PSYC 2010: Human Sexuality (DC, SS)
  • SOC 2073: Drugs and Society (SE, SS)
  • SACN 2011: Drugs and Behavior (SE, SS)
 
 

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

A solid foundation to build upon is important to achieving success as a pre-pharmacy student. Students at UC Blue Ash College enjoy small classes and well-qualified faculty as well as the many benefits afforded through study at a university ranked among the nation's top 25 public research institutions.

UC’s Blue Ash campus is conveniently located not far from major interstates. It is easy to find, offers plenty of parking and state-school tuition.

Admission Requirements

This pre-professional track is open to all students with a diploma from an accredited high school or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the track must meet math and science prerequisites before taking certain courses.

 All students entering UCBA, except those with previous college-level math and English, must take the college’s placements tests prior to registering for classes.

 More detailed information can be found at the college’s admissions web site: http://www.ucblueash.edu/admissions/index.html.

Transferring to UC Requirements

For students outside UC wishing to transfer in, information can be found at http://admissions.uc.edu/transfer.html.

Changing Majors Within UC

For current UC students who wish to transfer from one UC program to another:   

  • Fill out an Application for Change in College and Program (sometimes referred to as the "On-Campus Transfer Form"). This form may also be obtained from your current college office.
  • Submit the completed form to the college which offers the program that you want to transition into.

Once you have submitted the form, the faculty and staff of your desired major will evaluate your academic record and communicate with you about the transition process.

International Student Requirements

International students wishing to apply to UCBA can find information at http://admissions.uc.edu/international.html.

Application Deadlines

UC Blue Ash College operates on a rolling admissions policy. This means you can begin taking courses at the start of any term, not just fall.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



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