Admission to pharmacy school is competitive. Students hoping to pursue a career in pharmacy should take advantage of all the strengths the University of Minnesota, Morris has to offer. At the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, for example, only 218 students out of 844 applicants were admitted for fall 2010. The average GPA of admitted students was 3.56 while the average Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) composite percentile was 77%. The minimum GPA required to apply is 3.00 or 3.2 over the most recent 60 semester credits.
To practice pharmacy, you will need a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. It requires at least two years of specific undergraduate college study followed by four academic years (or three calendar years) of professional pharmacy coursework. However, most students complete their undergraduate degree before applying to pharmacy school as fewer than 10% of applicants manage to achieve admission without a bachelor’s degree.
“Which major should I choose?” While pharmacy schools do not require any particular major, most successful pre-pharmacy students major in chemistry, biology, or biochemistry, owing to the number of courses in those fields that are required for admission or in preparation for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) test. At the University of Minnesota, Morris, we have prepared four different options for the pre-pharmacy student.
Be aware that pre-pharmacy students will need to demonstrate strength in the following subjects:
In addition, the College of Pharmacy offers several courses that can help undergraduates prepare. Morris students may register for these on-line courses as multi-institutional students.