As confirmed each year in Gallup’s annual 'Honesty and Ethics' poll, pharmacists are among the most trusted and respected of professionals. Since customers, administrators, and medical colleagues all depend on their knowledge and communication skills, it should come as no surprise that students seeking admission to pharmacy school will be required to excel in many areas during their undergraduate career.
At the University of Minnesota, Morris, more than a dozen students are accepted into pharmacy schools on average each year, thanks to these advantages.
- Outstanding teaching across the disciplines: The Morris campus boasts the highest percentage of winners of the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota.
- Undergraduate research: Undergraduate research gives pre-pharmacy students a competitive edge; students can present their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Stipend programs: For students who want to conduct undergraduate research, multiple programs are available for financial support.
- Access to service learning and a nationally recognized study abroad program: Both opportunities prepare aspiring professionals to participate in a global community and economy.
- Shadowing and employment in medical professions: Thanks to strong relationships between the University of Minnesota, Morris and local medical providers, pre-pharmacy students may shadow medical professionals at the Stevens Community Medical Center or pursue undergraduate employment with Stevens County Ambulance and Emergency Services.
- Engagement and leadership on campus: Several related student organizations, including academic clubs and a bloodmobile volunteer program, provide opportunities for pre-pharmacy students to connect with their peers and develop leadership skills.
Morris graduates receive the education necessary to go just about anywhere, but some frequent pharmacy school destinations include:
- Butler University
- Creighton University
- North Dakota State University
- University of Minnesota, Duluth
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Opportunities in Pharmacy
The corner drug store is just one option. Possible careers in pharmacy include:
- community, clinic, or hospital pharmacy
- chain pharmacy or administration
- disease management
- product and protocol development
- public health
- teaching and research
- federal work (Food and Drug Administration)
- military or Veteran's Affairs pharmacy