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Unlock Your Path to a Rewarding Career in Pharmacy: Benedictine University’s Pre-Pharmacy Program

Embark on a journey towards a fulfilling career in the healthcare field with Benedictine University’s pre-pharmacy program. This comprehensive program provides the necessary foundation in science and healthcare principles to prepare you for success in pharmacy school and beyond.

Benedictine University’s Pre-Pharmacy Program is structured as a preparatory course of study for students aiming to enter pharmacy school. This program is not a major in itself but serves as a guide for educational choices to enhance prospects for pharmacy school admission.

Explore the Exciting World of Pharmacy

Pharmacists play a vital role in the healthcare system, ensuring the safe and effective use of medications. They work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to optimize patient outcomes.

A career in pharmacy offers a blend of intellectual challenges, professional satisfaction, and the opportunity to make a tangible impact on patients’ lives. With Benedictine University’s pre-pharmacy program, you’ll be well-positioned to pursue a rewarding career in this dynamic field.

 Benedictine University’s Pre-Pharmacy Program offers students a detailed and guided approach towards a career in pharmacy. With a focus on a broad science education, resources for early acceptance, and individualized guidance, the program aims to foster well-rounded and prepared candidates for pharmacy school and subsequent careers in the diverse and dynamic field of pharmacy.

Why Choose Benedictine University’s Pre-Pharmacy Program?

  • Expert Guidance: Receive personalized mentorship from our dedicated pre-health advisors, ensuring you are well-equipped to navigate the application process and succeed in your pharmacy studies.
  • Rigorous Coursework: Delve into a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential topics such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, and pharmacology, providing you with a strong foundation in the sciences.
  • Hands-on Experience: Gain practical experience through shadowing opportunities with experienced pharmacists, allowing you to observe and participate in real-world pharmacy settings.
  • Participate in an early acceptance program for students who would like to reserve a seat in the College of Pharmacy directly out of high school.

What Should My Major Be?

Biology and Chemistry are popular pre-pharmacy majors because they typically fulfill pharmacy school prerequisites courses as part of the major. However, you can major in anything and still gain acceptance to pharmacy school, as long as you take the prerequisite courses and perform well.

Affiliations with Colleges of Pharmacy

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program requires at least 2-years of specific undergraduate college study followed by 4-academic years (or 3-calendar years) of professional pharmacy study.

The majority of programs accept students into the professional pharmacy degree program after the completion of the college course prerequisites. The majority of students enter a pharmacy program with 3 or more years of college experience. Some pharmacy admission offices require or give preference to applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate (B.S./B.A.) degree. Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree must still complete the full 4-academic years (or 3-calendar) years of pharmacy study.

Broad Array of Sciences

Understanding that pharmacists need a broad understanding of science, business, and communication, pharmacy schools look for students with diverse educational experiences. For consideration for admission to most pharmacy schools, you will need at least one year of general biology with labs, one year of general or inorganic chemistry with labs, one year of organic chemistry with labs, one year of general physics with labs, one semester of statistics, one semester of microbiology, and calculus. Be sure and check with the pharmacy school you want to attend to find out their individual requirements for admission.

  • Retail Pharmacist: Retail pharmacists work directly with patients in pharmacies, dispensing medications, providing medication counseling, and answering questions about medications. They also work with insurance companies to process prescriptions and ensure patients are receiving the correct medications at the right dosage.
  • Clinical Pharmacist: Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings to provide medication expertise to patients and healthcare providers. They review patients’ medications, identify potential drug interactions, and make recommendations to optimize patient outcomes. Clinical pharmacists also play an important role in educating patients and healthcare providers about medication safety and efficacy.
  • Pharmaceutical Research and Development (R&D) Pharmacist: Pharmaceutical R&D pharmacists work in the pharmaceutical industry to develop new drugs and therapies. They may work in laboratories conducting research, designing clinical trials, or analyzing data. They may also work in regulatory affairs, ensuring that new drugs meet safety and efficacy standards.
  • Managed Care Pharmacist: Managed care pharmacists work for insurance companies or pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to review drug formularies, negotiate drug prices and develop medication policies. They also may work with patients and healthcare providers to ensure that patients are receiving the most appropriate and cost-effective medications.
  • Pharmacy Informatics Specialist: Pharmacy informatics specialists use their knowledge of pharmacy and technology to develop and implement new systems for managing medications. They may work in hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare settings to develop and maintain electronic prescribing systems, medication dispensing systems, and other pharmacy-related software.

These are just a few of the many career opportunities available to graduates of pre-pharmacy programs. With a strong foundation in science, healthcare principles, and problem-solving skills, pre-pharmacy graduates are well-positioned for a variety of rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical industry and the healthcare field.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Pre-Pharmacy program:

  • General biology
  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • General physics
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Calculus

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