Our Pre-Pharmacy transfer program is designed to prepare students for admission to US and Canadian Pharmacy Schools. Students should be aware however, that each school sets its own admissions requirements, so it is important to work closely with an advisor to ensure that you meet all the admissions requirements of your program of choice. While medical schools often require a 4 year degree for admissions, qualified students may be admitted to pharmacy schools after only 2-3 years of preparatory coursework at LSSU.
A degree in the pharmacy continues to be a good educational investment, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a median salary for pharmacists of $116,670 per year.
Following is an example of typical minimum requirements for admission to many pharmacy programs:
Biology (with lab) 1 year
General Chemistry (with lab) 1 year
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 1 year
Physics (with lab) 1 year
Economics 1 course
Calculus at least 1 course
English Composition 1 year
Speech 1 course
Social Science 1 year
Many pharmacy schools also use a centralized application service, PharmCAS. You will also need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT scores range from 200-600 with a median score of ~400. The 90th percentile is typically a 430. Individual pharmacy schools often require that you score above a particular level, so it is important to review the admissions requirements of the schools that you are interested in attending.