Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacy Background

Pharmacy links medical science with chemistry, and it is charged with the discovery, production, control, disposal, and safe and effective use of drugs; it requires excellent knowledge of drugs, their mechanism of action, side effects, interactions, mobility, and toxicity as well as treatment and understanding of the pathological process. Pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing of medications, and modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information.

Pharmacists are required to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an ACPE accredited program. There are three pharmacy schools in the state of West Virginia: Marshall University, West Virginia University, and University of Charleston.

Marshall’s PharmD program does not require a Bachelor’s degree for admission, although there are options for obtaining a Bachelor’s degree on an accelerated academic pathway. Marshall University School of Pharmacy also offers an Early Assurance Scholars Program in which outstanding high school students can be assured of early admittance to the pharmacy program at the beginning of the third year at the university.

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) has traditionally been required for admission to pharmacy schools; however, some schools are moving away from the exam. Students should check with their preferred schools.If required, the PCAT is preferably taken in the fall of the year before entry into the pharmacy program. For the most current information, review the PCAT web site.

Pre-Professional Health Care Studies Minor

A minor in Pre-Professional Health Care Studies is designed to help students prepare to apply to professional health programs by providing a comprehensive list of courses which build competencies essential for a competitive application. This minor does not include a comprehensive list of courses required by every professional school, but instead provides a structured pathway to help a student complete graduate or professional school prerequisites courses, regardless of major. The minor includes the most common courses needed to pursue an advanced degree in the health sciences and/or completing prerequisites for post-baccalaureate health care programs. Students who plan to pursue attendance at a medical school, physician assistant program, physical therapy doctoral program, or other related graduate programs will find this minor helpful in addressing the required prerequisite courses. Because each professional school may determine its own requirements, and because those requirements can vary among institutions and are subject to change, students should regard the courses listed below as examples only. This is not a comprehensive statement of what actually is required by every professional school.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate student, regardless of major, can declare this minor.

Students must complete at least 18 hours from the core list of required courses below, as well as complete a set of required courses from a sub-discipline to complete this minor. Each student, in consultation with their advisor, would design their specific Pre-Professional Health Care Studies minor with regard to their post-baccalaureate plans for graduate school or professional school, and decide how many and which disciplines they need as preparation for their plan.

Required Courses
BSC 120 Bison image
& BSC 120L Bison image
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
4
BSC 121 Bison image
& BSC 121L Bison image
Principles of Biology II
and Prin of Biology II Lab
4
CHM 211 Bison image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II2
Electives (choose from one of the options listed below)
Pre-Chiropractic
Natural /Physical Sciences (consult with Pre-Professional Health Care Advisor)6
BSC 423Comp Vertebrate Anatomy4
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
Pre-Medicine
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
Pre-Optometry
BSC 227
& BSC 227L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
or BSC 423 Comp Vertebrate Anatomy
BSC 228 Bison image
& BSC 228L Bison image
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
BSC 250 Bison image Microbiol & Human Disease3
or BSC 302 and 304, Principles of Microbiology and lab
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
MTH 140 Bison image Applied Calculus3
or MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
BSC 417Biostatistics3
or STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT)
Pre-Physician Assistant
BSC 227
& BSC 227L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
or BSC 423 Comp Vertebrate Anatomy
BSC 228 Bison image
& BSC 228L Bison image
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
BSC 250 Bison image Microbiol & Human Disease3
or BSC 302 and 304, Principles of Microbiology and lab
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
HS 200 Bison image Comp Medical Terminology (CT)3
BSC 417Biostatistics3
or STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT)
Pre-Pharmacy
BSC 227
& BSC 227L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
or BSC 423 Comp Vertebrate Anatomy
BSC 228 Bison image
& BSC 228L Bison image
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
3-4
or BSC 422 Animal Physiology
BSC 250 Bison image Microbiol & Human Disease3
or BSC 302 Principles of Microbiology
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
MTH 140 Bison image Applied Calculus3
or MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
BSC 417Biostatistics3
or STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT)
Pre-Podiatry
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
Pre-Physical Therapy
BSC 422Animal Physiology3
or BSC 228 Bison image Human Physiology
BSC 423Comp Vertebrate Anatomy4
BSC 417Biostatistics3
or STA 225 Bison image Introductory Statistics (CT)
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
PSY 311Child Development3
Pre-Veterinary
BSC 302Principles of Microbiology3
BSC 304Microbiology Lab2
BSC 422Animal Physiology3
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1

 

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