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A qualified pharmacy school applicant must have a general understanding of the profession, demonstrate interest in and awareness of medical and social issues, and exhibit cross-cultural competency. You will gain this experience both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.

Since pharmacy schools do not give preference for any particular major, you should major in a field that aligns your interests, passions, and abilities. UW Tacoma has an interdisciplinary curriculum that will give you a broad base of knowledge and allow you to make connections between disciplines which is essential to being a successful professional. Throughout your time on campus, your academic advisor can help ensure you take the appropriate pre-requisite courses as part of your academic experience.

Prepare

An excellent pharmacy school applicant will have a strong cumulative grade point average and within the pre-requisite courses. It is also important to have a competitive PCAT score. Outside of the classroom, pharmacy schools will look for significant amount of time shadowing professionals, relevant volunteer experience, and leadership skills.

Below are the most commonly required pre-requisites for pharmacy school. You should still review each school’s admission requirements to ensure you meet all preparatory coursework and other application requirements.

Mathematics

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Social Science

English

TMATH 124

TCHEM 142

TBIOL 120

TPHYS 121

TPSYCH 101

TCORE 101

 

TCHEM 152

TBIOL 130

TPHYS 122

TECON 200

OR

TMATH 110

TCHEM 162

TBIOL 140

TPHYS 123

 

TWRT 121

 

 

 

 

Public Speaking

OR

 

TCHEM 251

TBIOL 301

 

 

ENGL 131

 

TCHEM 261

Microbiology II**

 

 

 

 

TCHEM 271

 

 

 

Composition II

 

 

Anatomy

 

 

OR

 

TCHEM 405

Physiology

 

 

ENGL 141

 

TCHEM 406

 

 

 

 

 

**Each Pharmacy School will have unique pre-requisite courses. It is important to start researching each school's admission requirements early. Consult with your academic advisor about how to sequence these pre-requisites and create an academic plan. 

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PCAT

The PCAT asses your abilities in Writing, Biology, Chemistry, Critical Reading, and Quantitative Reasoning. The PCAT testing cycle can vary year-to-year, so it is important to check test dates through one of the below websites.