Scientific advances, an aging population, and expansion of insurance coverage for more Americans all will contribute to growth in the pharmacy industry. Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) is the professional degree needed to enter the pharmaceutical field. Most PharmD. programs take four years to complete (there are some 3 year programs) after completion of the minimum pre-requisites or an undergraduate degree. Entrance to pharmacy school is competitive and there are more applicants than there are open seats. Different schools also have different prerequisites; it is very important that students consult with the pre-pharmacy advisor every semester beginning freshman year in addition to communicating with pharmacy schools they plan to apply to.

UWM offers all of the prerequisite coursework necessary for students to apply to professional pharmacy schools and colleges throughout the country. Although it is theoretically possible to complete the pre-pharmacy requirements in two years and proceed directly to pharmacy school, the current national average for completion of the pre-pharmacy coursework is three years. In addition, given the highly competitive nature of gaining admission to pharmacy school, students may present a stronger application if they complete four years of college and earn a Bachelor's degree before going to Pharmacy school.

Please review the Pre-Pharmacy Fact Sheet at the right for information about suggested undergraduate courses to prepare for pharmacy school, career outlook for pharmacists, and options for your major. Pre-Pharmacy is not a major, and students must still choose a major. Since most of the pre-requisites necessary for application to pharmacy school are in the sciences, many students choose a science major, though it is not required. Our specialized pre-pharmacy advisor works with students to ensure they understand all of the milestones that must be met in college in order to be a competitive applicant to pharmacy school. We recommend students begin meeting with this advisor as soon as freshman year in order to plan all needed activities into your college career.

Additional Resources

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • PharmCAS
  • Explore Health Careers
  • Medical Career Info