Students wishing to prepare for a career in pharmacy are advised to major in Biology or Chemistry with a concentration in both disciplines.  They should consult the requirements of representative pharmacy schools in consultation with their advisor to select a program meeting those requirements. 

Pharmacy schools consider a number of factors in the admissions process. Admission to pharmacy school is a highly selective process. Besides the prerequisite courses listed below, admission factors include a high grade point average, scores on the Pharmacy College Admission (PCAT), letters of recommendation and leadership. Shadowing an pharmacist or working in an optometry practice is strongly encouraged and can be accomplished in the student's home town or with practitioners in the Jacksonville area. The application for admission to pharmacy school is submitted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).

Over the past 15 years, Illinois College students have been attended the following pharmacy programs:

::  University of Illinois-Chicago (2) ::  University of Iowa (3)
::  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2) ::  Creighton University (1)
::  University of Colorado (1) ::  Midwestern Univ. College of Pharmacy (3)
::  University of Wisconsin-Madison (1) ::  University of Minnesota (1)
::  University of Tennessee-Memphis (1) ::  Samford University (1)
Illinois College students have also been accepted at: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, Drake University, Butler University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Regis University.
Our Pre-Pharmacy Advisors:
Rayyan Yassin '12, MEng. Engineering Mechanics
Coordinator for Pre-engineering and Pre-Health Sciences Programs
Office: Parker 109
Laura Corey, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Biology
Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 124
Paul Hamilton, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 115

Preparing for Pharmacy School at Illinois College

Pre-pharmacy students may major in any academic area, as long as they successfully complete the standard science prerequisite courses. While students should be careful to choose the courses specifically required at each school of pharmacy to which they plan to apply, the general science prerequisites include:

2 semesters of inorganic chemistry (CH 110,  211)
2 semesters of organic chemistry (CH 203, 204)
1 semester of biochemistry (CH 309)
2 semesters of physics (PY 181, 182 or PY 201, 202)
2 - 3 semesters of biology or zoology
*(many schools specifically require courses in microbiology, anatomy and physiology)
1 semester of calculus
2 semesters of English (writing)
1 semester of speech
1 semester of psychology or sociology
1 semester of statistics
1 semester of economics

Other strongly suggested courses include business, computer science, foreign language, fine arts, humanities and the social/behavioral sciences.

Sample 4-year Schedule for Illinois College Pre-Pharmacy Students with Science Major

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