Pre-pharmacy course work at USI is followed by four years of professional pharmacy courses leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) degree. The University of Southern Indiana does not currently have a professional pharmacy program and therefore USI does not grant a degree in pharmacy.
As students near completion of pre-pharmacy courses, they must complete their application to professional pharmacy program(s). Most all pharmacy schools utilize the online PharmCAS system for management of applications. Application is competitive with GPA requirements. Most programs also require that students complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test or PCAT exam prior to application.
You may choose to complete the pre-pharmacy requirements at USI without attempting to complete a degree. Students typically need two to three years to complete the requirements. Or, you may wish to seek a degree (generally in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) while completing the pre-requisites.
Pre-pharmacy Course Requirements
Acceptance to pharmacy school requires extensive preparation in biology, chemistry, and math as outlined in the linked suggested program of study. There are currently over 90 Pharmacy programs in the US. Specific pre-requisites vary slightly for each Pharmacy School, and schools may change their requirements. Therefore, it is the student's responsibility to research programs that they may wish to apply to. The pre-pharmacy advisor will work with each student to prepare a program of study specific to individual needs.
USI students have been placed in programs across the country. Most programs typically accept a certain percentage of out-of-state students.
Pharmacy College Admission Test - PCAT
Most, not all, Pharmacy Schools require students to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test - PCAT. The candidate information booklet will provide necessary information. Test dates, fees, practice tests, etc. are also available online.
Most pharmacy programs require that students utilize the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) to complete their application to pharmacy school. This site is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and provides a centralized application service for applicants applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy. Application deadlines vary by school, you are always advised to APPLY EARLY.