Aug 03, 2020
Adviser: Bruce Schilling
Pharmacy is an excellent, lucrative career with an expected shortage of qualified pharmacists as the general population ages. Although this is great for a future career in pharmacy, it has led to much more competition for the available positions in pharmacy schools. The average GPA for accepted students is trending upward toward 3.50. In addition, for those schools that require it, a satisfactory score must be achieved on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
Those students interested in a career in the field of pharmacy may take their prepharmacy classes at Southern Adventist University before applying to a school of pharmacy. The doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) is a four year program. Prepharmacy requirements take from two to four years to complete depending on the pharmacy school and the student, and many pharmacy schools are now giving admissions preference to students with a bachelor’s degree.
Admission requirements to colleges of pharmacy vary from school to school so the student should consult the catalog or web page of the school of his/her choice for specific course requirements. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy maintains links to all schools of pharmacy at its web page http://www.aacp.org. Since a lot of pharmacy involves the study of the action of drugs in the body, students need to be especially familiar with organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology and so all schools place a high emphasis on chemistry and biology.
Loma Linda University reviews this program after Southern’s catalog has been printed. Review changes at http://pharmacy.llu.edu/.
Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy
Loma Linda University is the only Seventh-day Adventist school with a program in Pharmacy. Loma Linda indicates that preference will be given to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and specifically recommend a degree in chemistry, biology, physics, or a related scientific field.
Minimum admission requirements for the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy include the following courses:
- BIOL 101 - Anatomy and Physiology (IN-7) 4 hours
- BIOL 151 - General Biology (IN-7) 4 hours
- BIOL 152 - General Biology (IN-7) 4 hours
- BIOL 329 - General Microbiology 3 hours
- CHEM 151 - General Chemistry (IN-7) 4 hours
- CHEM 152 - General Chemistry 4 hours
- CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry 4 hours
- CHEM 312 - Organic Chemistry 4 hours
- CHEM 361 - Biochemistry I 4 hours
- COMM 135 - Communication and Public Speaking (IN-3) 3 hours
- ENGL 101 - Critical Thinking in Academic Reading and Writing I (IN-2) 3 hours
- ENGL 102 - Critical Thinking in Academic Reading and Writing II (IN-2) 3 hours
- MATH 191 - Calculus I 4 hours
- PHYS 211 - General Physics I (IN-7) 3 hours
- PHYS 212 - General Physics II 3 hours
- PHYS 213 - General Physics Laboratory I (IN-7) 1 hour
- PHYS 214 - General Physics Laboratory II 1 hour
- PSYC 122 - General Psychology 3 hours
- ECON 224 - Principles of Macroeconomics (IN-9) 3 hours
- ECON 225 - Principles of Microeconomics 3 hours
Additional recommended science classes include BIOL 102 , BIOL 340 , BIOL 412 , BIOL 417 , and BIOL 418 . BIOL 416 may be substituted for BIOL 101 . PHYS 221 , PHYS 222 , PHYS 223 , and PHYS 224 may be substituted for PHYS 211 , PHYS 212 , PHYS 213 , and PHYS 214 . Other general education course requirements are covered if the student graduates with a degree from Southern Adventist University. For those applying without a 4-year degree, consult Loma Linda for the general education courses that must be completed.