Pharmacy School Advising

There are 8 schools of Pharmacy in Texas:

With the exception of Texas Southern University, all students apply through the Pharmcas.org site. Please become familiar with the application process, and know what is required of each school by visiting this site as well as each of the university programs listed above. All graduate admissions boards consider the quality of the application materials submitted to be as important as the grades, personal motivation for entering pharmacy school, and other components.

Almost all schools of pharmacy have information sessions during the year, so visit the websites to find out the exact scheduling.

Pharmacy is so chemistry-intensive that you want to enjoy this subject! Be sure before entering your first college chemistry class, Chemistry 1411, you have tested in math and have all your basic math skills refreshed. In addition, if you have never taken chemistry (and you have tested into at least DMAT 0310), or if it has been a long time since you have taken chemistry, taking Chemistry 1405 is highly recommended. College algebra (Math 1314) is particularly utilized in your second general chemistry class, Chemistry 1412, so it is advisable to take your college algebra either as a pre-or co- requisite with your first general chemistry class, Chemistry 1411.

Pharmacy is a graduate program which does not require a bachelor’s degree to enter. Generally approximately 60 – 70 hours of prerequisites are required as well as volunteer experience, shadowing in some area where pharmacists are employed, letters of reference, leadership roles, and a written statement about the motivation to enter the field of pharmacy.

Richland is an excellent place to take the prerequisite science, math, English, social science, and communication/humanities classes. Some programs (Texas Tech, for example) require one upper-level class in science, and this would be taken at a university.

Consider joining a club, taking on a position of leadership, taking an honors class, helping a professor in a class or lab, tutoring, volunteering, reading about the variety of settings as options for employment as a pharmacist and identifying opportunities for shadowing. In addition, begin to develop your “personal statement” where you articulate your reason for wanting to enter the profession, and how your exposure and life experience has shaped your desire to serve the community in this way.

Something to keep in mind is that if chemistry is of interest, there are many other professions where you can use your skill in this subject area, so here is a site that might be worth exploring:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/college-to-career/chemistry-careers.html