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Exploring Health Professions? What to Consider Before Choosing a Pathpdf

Explore the Profession

Discover whether a pharmacy career matches your interests, skills and abilities and meets your lifestyle expectations:

  • Read Is Pharmacy For You?
  • Explore the PharmD degreepdf with the American Association of Collges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • Learn about careers and issues in pharmacy at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) website
  • Competencies--Evaluators will be asked to rate pharmacy school applicants on each of the following characteristics:
    • Oral Communication: speaks clearly with precision and accuracy, without ambiguity.
    • Written Communication: writing is precise, accurate, grammatically correct, and unambiguous.
    • Intellectual Ability: academic competence and aptitude for a pharmacy degree program.
    • Leadership: takes initiative and motivates others.
    • Ethics: displays honesty, integrity, and ethical behaviors.
    • Empathy: considerate, sensitive, and tactful in response to others.
    • Reliability: dependable, responsible, prompt, and thorough.
    • Judgment: displays critical thinking skills, common sense, and decisiveness.
    • Interpersonal Relations: able to get along well with peers and superiors.
    • Adaptability: reacts well to stress, is poised and controlled.
    • Professional Appearance: maintains good personal hygiene, appropriate attire, well-groomed.

Preparation and Experience

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Confirm your interest in pharmacy, prepare academically and develop the necessary skills and experience:


You apply to pharmacy school in the summer, one year before you want to start the program. Identify programs that match your skills and interests and complete an application.  Some steps take more time to complete than others, so plan ahead!

Paying for School

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to explore any student organization of interest, not necessarily limited to pharmacy-related groups.  A comprehensive list can be found at the Center for Student Involvement.

Pharmacy-related student groups include the following:

The Pre-Pharmacy Society (PPS) provides excellent opportunities to meet other pre-pharmacy students, local pharmacists, and visiting pharmacy school deans.  The Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity provides members an opportunity for service in their communities.  In addition, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) has several pharmacy student orgs to connect with.


Students interested in pharmacy can meet with our pre-health advisor, Jessica Kongthong, and utilize online resources, attend the annual health school fair, panels, and workshops.  Other services include application essay critique, interview preparation, networking opportunities and application workshops.  Students can make advising appointments through Port Triton.

Additional Resources

For additional help, come into the Career Services Center or schedule an appointment with a Health Professions advisor via Port Triton. Learn more about your Career Advisors and their specializations at the staff directory page.