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Clarke offers students the opportunity to prepare for entrance into professional programs in the area of health science while completing their undergraduate degree. Many health science programs require a baccalaureate degree as a pre-requisite for entrance into the professional program. Although the application for admission into professional programs must be sought independently by the student, Clarke pre-professional health science faculty will act as advisers to students who wish to fulfill pre-requisites for admission into specific programs. These advisers will also assist students in seeking admission to the following programs.

Program Details

A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree generally requires three years of undergraduate studies followed by four years of graduate studies. Clarke students interested in PharmD should check the required prerequisites for their intended graduate program in order to best plan their undergraduate courses with their advisor. As a general guide, PharmD prerequisites include the following Clarke courses:

  • BIOL 115, Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIOL 116, Ecology, Evolution and Diversity (4 hours)
  • BIOL 211 and 212, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • BIOL 270, Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIOL 332, Microbiology (4 hours)
  • CHEM 110 and 111, General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • CHEM 221 and 222, Organic Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • CHEM 340, Biochemistry (4 hours)
  • MATH 220, Statistics (3 hours)
  • MATH 225, Calculus I (4 hours)
  • PHYS 110, Elements of Physics I (4 hours)
  • BUEC 121, Microeconomic Principles (3 hours)
  • Compass Electives

The PharmD prerequisites overlap significantly with the BA in Biology and BA in Chemistry undergraduate degrees at Clarke. An advantage of completing one of these degrees is the opportunity for research and professional mentoring, which will strengthen the student’s application to PharmD programs. Students who wish to complete one of these degrees before pursing their PharmD should also meet with a faculty member to plan the sequence of courses.

Entrance to the PharmD program is competitive. Most successful applicants have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. An additional requirement for admission is often the successful completion of a standardized examination such as the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Students generally apply to PharmD programs through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PCAS), a centralized distribution, collecting and processing service.

Admission to Clarke University

Application for admission into professional programs must be sought independently by the student. The pre-professional health science advisers will assist students in seeking admission to the following programs as well as acting as an adviser to the students who wish to fulfill pre-requisites for admission into specific programs. Students planning to enter any of the following programs are encouraged to consult with advisers regularly.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Tony Breitbach, Ph.D.

Tony Breitbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Tyler Cooksley

Tyler Cooksley

Chemistry '20

My experience at Clarke provided me with a very solid understanding of the physical sciences and a great background when learning about pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the drug making process. Being in a smaller program allowed for more one-on-one with the professors, which I felt really helped my learning and got me to the place that I am today.

Ariel Spillner

Ariel Spillner

The advice I would give a Clarke student considering pre-pharmacy would be to learn and develop a good study habit that works for you, that best utilizes your time, and does not physically, mentally, or emotionally over stress you. Professors are an excellent resource to build those habits and those habits have served me well at Clarke, in pharmacy school, and beyond.

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