Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences, and it is charged with ensuring the safe use of medication. The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and also includes more modern services related to patient care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize medication use in order to provide patients with positive health outcomes. Pharmacy is one of the most in-demand health care professions.

These recommendations are for persons desiring to enter pharmacy as a profession. Currently, the entry degree into pharmacy is the doctorate of pharmacy. Pre-pharmacy students must have a sound background in math and science, which can be accomplished by majoring in either biology, chemistry, or biochemistry. Good communication skills are important, as is a broad general education in the social sciences and humanities.

More information can all be found at the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education website.

This information is provided for educational purposes.  Check the programs you are interested in for current prerequisites.

George Fox University offers all of the prerequisite courses for entering pharmacy school.   Students can complete three to four years at George Fox and then apply for admission to the pharmacy school of choice.  Below are listed the required courses required for the Pharmacy School at Oregon State University.


BIOL 221/2222 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4/4


BIOL 333 Advanced Physiology 4
BIOL 450 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 211/212 General Biology 4/4
BIOL 370 Microbiology 4
BIOL 420 Cell Biology 4


CHEM 211/212 General Chemistry 4/4
CHEM 331/332 Organic Chemistry 4/4
CHEM 341/342 Biochemistry 4/4


PHYS 201/202 General Physics 4/4


MTH 201, 202 Calculus I, II 4/4
MTH 240 Statistical Procedures 3


PSY 150 General Psychology 3

Writing - 6 hours

WRI 110 Freshman Composition 3
Plus an additional writing course


COMM 100 Introduction to Communication 3

Economics – 3 hours (choose one)

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3

Applicants must be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to beginning the Pharm.D. Program.

These courses need to be completed prior to the beginning of fall classes in the professional program. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission to a Pharm.D. Program, but is preferred.

Letters of Recommendation

Read our procedure for requesting letters of recommendation from faculty. This must be completed prior to faculty writing you a letter of recommendation. Give your recommenders plenty of time to write their letters, at least three weeks. Follow the steps outlined on this document, Pre-Med Letters of Recommendation Process and Requirements