Interested in a career in pharmacy?
At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in pharmacy are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.
Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research, internship and leadership opportunities in the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine, graduates of the School of Science are well prepared for pharmacy school and beyond!
Located in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI's campus provides access to major pharmacy companies around the city including Eli Lilly.
What will you learn?
Competition is high for admission to pharmacy schools. While most pharmacy programs do not require an undergraduate degree for admission, students are urged to elect a degree program rather than fulfilling the minimum requirements for entry into professional programs.Majoring in biology, chemistry, or physics in the School of Science sets the groundwork for a successful experience in studying pharmacy and attending a pharmacy school.
Pre-requisites for most professional programs, including pharmacy, often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. Learn more about Purdue's prerequisites | Download the Plan of Study for Pre-Pharmacy Students at IUPUI
Pre-pharmacy courses at Science at IUPUI will sufficiently prepare students for the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), pharmacy school and a career in the medical field. As you begin to think about your ambitions and place in the medical industry, you should also begin considering the expectations and qualifications that are required of students interested in enrolling in pharmacy school.
Typically, pre-pharmacy students are very meticulous and detail-oriented in their work. Since pharmacists, by law, are trusted with the proper storage, handling and distribution of medicine, attention to detail and organization is of the utmost importance.
Students declaring pre-pharmacy upon admission to IUPUI are assigned to the Department of Biology. However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for pharmacy school.
Pharmacy schools do not usually require students to complete specific majors during their undergraduate years of schooling. However, there are specific pre-requisites that should be completed in order to be admitted into a professional school and many benefits to selecting a science major as you pursue success in the medical and pharmacy field, including:
- Pre-requisites for most professional programs, including pharmacy, often favor and lean heavily toward science majors.
- By studying science at IUPUI, pre-pharmacy students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in research in the School of Science, IU Med School, and leading hospitals surrounding IUPUI's campus.
- Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue a graduate degree in pharmacy.
What will you do?
Pharmacists are paramount in the medical field as they primarily dispense medications to the public prescribed by physicians. They are also key contributors to the promotion of medical knowledge as they educate physicians and the public about proper drug usage.
Like most universities, IUPUI does not offer a pre-pharmacy major. Pharmacy schools do not usually require students to complete specific majors during their undergraduate years of schooling. Students declaring prepharmacy upon admission to IUPUI are assigned to the Department of Biology. However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for pharmacy school.
Most graduate and professional programs require a personal statement as part of the application process. The personal statement is an appropriate place to share your career goals, strengths, experiences, personality, and academic successes and obstacles.
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