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Your path to Pharmacy school starts here …

Navigating the path to pharmacy school can be complex. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

Plan Your Path to Pharmacy School

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Choose Your Ideal Pharmacy School: Align your UIS academic schedule with the specific prerequisites of your chosen pharmacy school. Consider factors like location, student body, and curriculum nature. Gain specialized knowledge in medicine composition and use, with resources from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, including a school locator.

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Plan Your Course of Study: Your journey to a pharmacy school requires careful planning. From selecting the right prerequisites to aligning your courses with pharmacy school requirements, our advisors are here to tailor a plan that suits your goals.

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Join our Pre-Health Community: Benefit from transformative support and connections, including mentorship, hands-on experiences, and collaborative projects, all essential for your healthcare journey. Engage with our community of faculty, staff, students, and professional mentors.


Each pharmacy school sets its own unique requirements, yet there are several standard prerequisites you're likely to encounter. Here's an overview of the commonly required courses.

What to take at UISWhat to take at UIS
General Chemistry - 2 semestersGENERAL CHEMISTRY – CHE 141 AND CHE 142
Organic Chemistry - 2 semestersORGANIC CHEMISTRY – CHE 267/268 AND CHE 269/271
Biochemistry - 1 semesterBIOCHEMISTRY – CHE 475 (CHE 476 LAB OPTIONAL)
Biology - 2 semestersBIOLOGY – BIO 141 AND BIO 142
Microbiology – 1 semesterMICROBIOLOGY – BIO 231/232 or BIO 495
Anatomy and Physiology – 2 SemestersANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – BIO 201/202 OR BIO 429/431
EconomicsECO 201 or ECO 202
Math – 2 SemestersMATH – MAT 115 AND MAT 121
English – 2 SemestersENGLISH – 2 SEMESTERS
Psychology – 1 SemesterPSYCHOLOGY – PSY 101
CommunicationCOMMUNICATION – COM 112
Note: Some classes require prerequisites—Be sure to plan your path with an advisor.

General Advice

Visit AACP's Pharmacy Is Right for Me(link is external) website to learn more about pharmacy education and career pathways!  A diverse and rewarding career with opportunities for patient care, scientific research, and innovation – Pharmacy might be right for you!

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