Pharmacists are experts in the science of medications and the art of medication therapy. As such they are vital members of a health care team often called upon for information about specific medications. The principal goal of pharmaceutical care is to achieve definite outcomes from medication use, which improves patients' quality of life.
These outcomes include:
  • Cure of disease
  • Elimination or reduction of symptoms
  • Arresting or slowing a disease process
  • Prevention of disease
  • Diagnosis of disease
  • Desired alterations in physiological processes, all with minimal risk to patient

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These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.


Recommended CSU Courses

General Biology, 2 semesters w/ labs

LIFE 102 and one other lab-based biology course

General Chemistry, 2 semesters w/ labs

CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114

Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters w/ labs

CHEM 341 and CHEM 343/344

General Physics, 2 semesters w/ labs

PH121 and PH 122 or
PH 141 and PH 142

Microbiology, 1 semester w/ lab

MIP 300/302

Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8 credits w/ lab

BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302; and BMS 301

English Composition, 2 semesters

CO 150, CO 300/301

Public Speaking, 1 semester

SPCM 200

Mathematics/Statistics, 1 semester Calculus and/or Statistics

MATH 155 or MATH 160
ERHS 307, STAT 301, or STAT 307

Social Sciences, 1 semester

Course prefixes from ANTH, ECON, HDFS, JTC, POL, PSY, or SOC

Economics, 1 semester

ECON 202 or 204

General Education, 4 semesters

Courses from the prefixes ANTH, ECON, HDFS, JTC, POL, PSY, SOC and AR, D, E, MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH or Languages
(Additional science courses: BC 351, BMS 450, BIO 310, BMS 450, OT 215)


Accredited Programs:

Colorado Programs:

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT):

Pharmacy College Application Service:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy:            

American Pharmacists' Association:

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