Pharmacy

Overview

Pharmacists are experts in the science of medications and the art of medication therapy. As such they are vital members of a health care team often called upon for information about specific medications. The principal goal of pharmaceutical care is to achieve definite outcomes from medication use, which improves patients’ quality of life.

These outcomes include:

  • Cure of disease
  • Elimination or reduction of symptoms
  • Arresting or slowing a disease process
  • Prevention of disease
  • Diagnosis of disease
  • Desired alterations in physiological processes, all with minimal risk to patient

While at CSU

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology, 2 semesters w/ labs LIFE 102 and one other lab-based biology course
General Chemistry, 2 semesters w/ labs CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters w/ labs CHEM 341 and CHEM 343/344
General Physics, 2 semesters w/ labs PH121 and PH 122 or
PH 141 and PH 142
Microbiology, 1 semester w/ lab MIP 300/302
Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8 credits w/ lab BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302; and BMS 301
English Composition, 2 semesters CO 150, CO 300/301
Public Speaking, 1 semester SPCM 200
Mathematics/Statistics, 1 semester Calculus and/or Statistics MATH 155 or MATH 160
ERHS 307, STAT 301, or STAT 307
Social Sciences, 1 semester Course prefixes from ANTH, ECON, HDFS, JTC, POL, PSY, or SOC
Economics, 1 semester ECON 202 or 204
General Education, 4 semesters Courses from the prefixes ANTH, ECON, HDFS, JTC, POL, PSY, SOC and AR, D, E, MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH or Languages
(Additional science courses: BC 351, BMS 450, BIO 310, BMS 450, OT 215)

Programs and Preperation

Accredited Programs:

Colorado Programs:

Admissions Tests

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT):  www.pcatweb.info

Application Services

Pharmacy College Application Service:  www.pharmcas.org/

Associations

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy:   www.aacp.org

American Pharmacists’ Association: http://www.pharmacist.com/