|Undergraduate Preparation for Degree Programs in Pharmacy |
All of the general education courses required to become a pharmacist may be completed at OSU. To become a registered pharmacist, students must transfer to an accredited pharmacy program. OSU students planning to complete all their education in Oklahoma have the following choices:
ADVISEMENT AT OSU: Any student, including freshmen, planning to enter a health professions program should come to the Life Sciences and Pre-Health Professions Advising Office, located in room 213 Life Sciences East. All incoming students should consider enrolling in the UNIV 2511, Introduction to Health Careers, offered each fall semester.
Students must take at least one upper division General Education course. At OSU, prerequisites for the courses above will include Math 1513 or 1613 and Zool 1604.
ELECTIVES: Make up the balance of hours needed to equal 60 hours.
GRADEPOINT REQUIREMENT: A minimum overall GPA of 2.0, but SWOSU advises that a 3.25 or higher is strongly competitive. The mean GPA for those accepted to the pharmacy program was 3.5 overall, in addition to the science prerequisites.
PHARMACY COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST: Both schools require students to take the PCAT before application. The PCAT Registration website is http://tpc-etesting.com/PCAT/. The average PCAT score ranges from 79-81%.
SELECTION OF A MAJOR: It should be emphazied that "Pre-Pharmacy" is not a major. It simply means that the student is meeting requirements for admission to a pharmacy program. Thus, in addition to satisfying these requirements, the student should be working toward a baccalaureate degree in some discipline. In the College of Arts and Sciences, incoming freshmen are "undeclared" majors until after their first semester (12 hours). During this time, the student will have an advisor assigned in room 213 Life Sciences East to help them with enrollment and exploration of a major. There is no recommended major for Pre-Pharmacy students. Pharmacy programs encourage a broad general curriculum in the social sciences and humanities in addition to a high level of competence in the physical and biological sciences. Good communication skills are also important. Beyond this, the best advice for students is to select a major in a discipline that will offer satisfying challenges and provides a viable alternative to pharmacy school if they are not admitted.
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