As a pre-pharmacy student, Carthage has numerous faculty/staff members to support your journey to professional school. Make sure you are working closely with your assigned faculty advisor to address any questions relating to your major or minor requirements. For questions regarding pharmacy school requirements and preparation, please contact the pre-health career specialist in The Aspire Center.

Preparing for professional school starts year one at Carthage and we are here to help you each step of the way! We recommend that you reach out to your advising team as soon as possible regarding your plans so they can help you start preparing. You should also join the Pre-Health Club at Carthage which could help you foster connections with other pre-health students, understand your next steps, and deepen your experience with healthcare.

While different schools will have different expectations on what classes you should take, the following are often required.

  • 2 Semesters of Introductory Biology (BIO 1110 and BIO 1120)
  • General Chemistry with Labs (CHEM 1010 and CHEM 1020)
  • Organic Chemistry with Labs (CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080)
  • 1-2 Semesters of Physics (PHY 2100 and PHY 2110 or PHY 2200 and PHY 2210)
  • Advanced Cell Biology (BIO 3500)
  • 1-2 Semesters of Calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220)
  • Statistics (MTH 1050)
  • 2 English Courses
  • Public Speaking (CDM 1200)

While the following courses are not required as often, they come strongly recommended.

  • Ethics (ex. Contemporary Ethical Issues – PHL 1100)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1500)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECN 1010)

While some of the most popular majors for pre-pharmacy students include Biology and Chemistry, most schools you will be applying to do not care what your undergraduate major was as long as you meet the course and GPA requirements needed for their program.

The average GPA of an accepted Pharmacy student is 3.30. To be a competitive applicant, you should aim for well above the average.

Carthage students usually apply to around 4-7 schools total. However, the number of schools you are applying to may change based on your qualifications, test scores, and level of interest in the colleges you are considering applying to. You should only apply to schools you would genuinely consider attending.

Application Process Timeline

Applications will be submitted through the PharmCAS platform. This opens in the summer and if you are planning on attending right after your undergraduate degree, you should apply the summer of your junior year. Since Pharmacy School has a rolling admissions decision process, it is recommended that you have all materials ready when the platform opens and submit in mid-July.

Personal Statement

You will need to submit a personal statement with your application. To help craft your personal statement, attend our Personal Statement Workshop, typically held in the fall semester.

Expect to send around 2-3 letters of recommendation, with 4 being the maximum that the PharmCAS will allow. While different schools may have different requirements as to where these letters should be coming from, it is typical to need at least one from a science faculty member and one from a healthcare worker you shadowed under.

Letter of Recommendation Timeframe

You should ask within 6 months of working with the professor or pharmacist you are asking for a letter from or 2-3 months at the latest before the application deadline. This way they have adequate time to reflect upon their experience and write the best possible letter they can.

We advise you to shadow in a variety of settings, with at least 50 hours per set. While schools require different minimums for shadowing, having at least 150 hours puts you in a competitive position. You should be shadowing in different pharmacy settings and under different pharmacists.

The PCAT is required for admission into pharmacy school. Preparing for the PCAT largely depends on you and how you study. You should pace out study hours around your own current and anticipated schedules. Less or more time studying may vary depending on how extensive your knowledge of the material is.

Carthage 3+4 Program with Rosalind Franklin University

Carthage has a 3+4 program with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. If students successfully complete 96 credits from Carthage and fulfill all stipulated degree requirements, they could be eligible for early admission to Rosalind Franklin. There, once they successfully complete 45 pharmacy credit hours, they will be granted both a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Rosalind Franklin. If you are interested in this, please reach out to the pre-health committee.

Carthage 3+3 Program with Medical College of Wisconsin

Carthage has a 3+3 program with Medical College of Wisconsin. The 3+3 dual-degree program consists of three years at Carthage and then three years at the Medical College of Wisconsin, allowing students to finish their studies sooner and save significantly on tuition. Qualifying Carthage students receive automatic admission to the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College, leading to both bachelors and doctorate degrees. If you are interested in this, please reach out to the pre-health committee.

Learn more about the Pharmacy Dual-Degree Opportunities at Carthage