Why study Pre-Pharmacy?
A career in pharmacy is a perfect blend of science, business, and counseling. Pharmacists work with patients every day to promote high-quality patient care and wellness. They are also meticulously organized to deliver the medications as prescribed. As a pharmacist, you will be on the front lines of important healthcare issues, including drug safety, affordable healthcare, and customer service. While retail pharmacies are consolidating, there continues to be a need for pharmacists in private practice, hospitals, long-term care facilities, research and development, and government agencies.
Aurora University has a longstanding tradition of placing graduates into pharmacy graduate programs throughout the Midwest and beyond. As a Pre-Pharmacy student at AU, you will major in Health Science, acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the ever-changing field of healthcare. You will also enroll in the Pre-Pharmacy program, which offers a curated collection of prerequisite courses necessary to be accepted into pharmacy school.
To help you navigate your academic career and prepare for pharmacy school, AU offers one-on-one guidance with our own Pre-Medical Professions Advisor C.J. Chen. A longtime biology professor at AU, Chen is an expert in the application process for health profession schools. Internship opportunities are also available so you can observe firsthand the daily tasks of a pharmacist.
At AU, you will also have an opportunity to participate in research, a step that will enhance your pharmacy school application. AU offers students unique opportunities to conduct laboratory research with expert faculty in the field. Developing research experience deepens your understanding of what you learn in the classroom and prepares you with the skills to succeed in pharmacy school. Advanced coursework prepares you for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and the pharmacy school application process.
How much education is required to become a pharmacist?
After you earn your undergraduate degree, you need to attend pharmacy school for four years to earn your Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) You must also pass national and state licensing exams.
Earn your Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
AU Pre-Pharmacy students who meet the admission requirements have the opportunity to reserve a seat at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)—the nation’s largest medical school and the only osteopathic academic health system in the U.S.
Aurora University’s affiliation with LECOM’s Early Acceptance Program allows qualified students to be accepted into the Pharm. D. program while they are still an undergraduate at AU. Most students will spend four years at AU and four years at LECOM’s School of Pharmacy.
Students may apply for early admittance to LECOM’s program as a high school senior or an AU freshman or sophomore (having earned less than 65 credit hours). LECOM’s Pharm. D. program is available in Pennsylvania, Florida, and online. Students interested in this program should contact AU's Pre-Medical Professions Advisor. To learn more about LECOM's early acceptance program, click here.
Today, pharmacists are an essential part of every healthcare team and are recognized as drug therapy experts.Paul Abramowitz, CEO, American Society of Health System Pharmacists
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Anatomy and Physiology II
- Biology of Cells
- Biology of Organisms
- General Chemistry I
- General Chemistry II
- Organic Chemistry I
- Organic Chemistry II
- Physics I
- Public Speaking
- Second English Course
- AU Science Organization
- Aurora University HOSA - Future Health Professionals
- Mu Sigma Pi: Mind. Body. Spirit.
2021 annual median salary for pharmacists
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You will have the opportunity to complete an internship, clinical, or field experience at a pharmacy. AU’s pre-medical professions advisor will work with you to find internships in the pharmacy field that fit with your interests so you can experience your targeted profession first hand. You will also have the unique opportunity to conduct laboratory research with faculty, preparing you with the skills to succeed in pharmacy school.
- CVS Pharmacy
- Walgreens Pharmacy
Where AU graduates attend pharmacy school
- Keck Graduate Institute
- Midwestern University
- Purdue University
- University of Wisconsin
- University of Colorado
- University of Iowa
- University of Wisconsin
- Wayne State University