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 science and pre-health career specialist in The Aspire Center.
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)
- Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 2010 and 2020 or BIO 3300 and 3310)
- Microbiology (BIO 3340)
- 1-2 Semesters of Calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220)
- Statistics (MTH 1050)
- 2 English Courses (COR 1200 and another course)
- Public Speaking (CDM 1200)
Other suggested courses
- 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)
- Advanced Cell Biology (BIO 3500)
Expect to send around 2-3 letters of recommendation, with four 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.
You should ask within six 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.
Carthage students usually apply to around 4-7 schools in 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.
Applications will be submitted through the PharmCAS platform. This opens in the summer, and if you plan on attending right after your undergraduate degree, you should apply in 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 them in mid-July. Your application will be most competitive if you submit it before September 1. Below is the list of application materials.
- Personal statement
- Shadowing hours
- Three or more letters of recommendation
- PCAT scores (if required)
- Transcripts (official copy)
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. 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 advising team.
Carthage 3+3 Program with Medical College of Wisconsin
Carthage has a 3+3 program with the 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 bachelor’s and doctorate degrees. If you are interested in this, please contact the pre-health advising team.