Preparing for a Career as a Pharmacist
Course Work - Most pharmacy schools require a minimum of chemistry (four semesters), biology (two semesters), physics (two semesters) and math. Many schools have additional requirements of math and English. It is always wise to check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply. Manchester's pre-pharmacy curriculum is designed to meet the admission requirements of most pharmacy schools.
- Experiences - Most pharmacy schools look favorably upon experience that suggests you have familiarity with the occupation you are pursuing. This experience fits into two categories.
- Basic research - Conducted on your home campus or at some other campus, research shows intellectual growth and problem solving skills that may lack from ordinary coursework.
- Health care-related experience - Job shadow a pharmacist or other health care professional, get a summer job in a pharmacy or other health care related environment, or participate in a meaningful volunteer experience.
- Application Process
For most colleges and schools of pharmacy, the application process has become more streamlined and easier to navigate. The primary components include an application, test scores, and an interview.
Pharmacy Early Assurance Program
If you’re an incoming first-year undergraduate student interested in pursuing a path to a career in pharmacy, apply for the Pharmacy Early Assurance Program when you enroll in Manchester’s Pre-pharmacy Program. In the Early Assurance Program you'll receive extra, structured guidance to help keep you on track, and when it comes time for admittance into Manchester’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, you'll have priority status. Opting in to the Pharmacy Early Assurance Program can help you get there more confidently, more assuredly!