Prepare for Pharmacy
Confirm your interest in pharmacy, prepare academically and develop the necessary skills and experience.
*Are you a pharmacological chemistry major and a freshman? Consider the 7-Year B.S. Chemistry/Doctor of Pharmacy Program.*
- Begin Pharmacy School during your 4th year at UC San Diego
- Must major in pharmacological chemistry
- Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident, DACA approved at time of application
- Must have a 3.3 overall and complete the following courses by the end of sophomore year:
- CHEM 6A, 6B, 6C & 7L
- CHEM 40A, 40B, 40C & 43A
- MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D
- PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C or 2D & 2BL or CL or DL
- BILD 1 & 2
UPDATED! Check out the Pre-Reqs from California Pharmacy Schools!
Identify Common Pre-Requisites and the UC San Diego classes you can take to meet them. This is a general guideline. Please check individual schools for their specific pre-requisites:
- Biology + 4 unit lab (BILD 1, 2, 3)
- General Chemistry + lab (Chem 6ABC, 7L)
- Organic Chemistry (40ABC) *40AB is a pre-req for Biochem
- Biochemistry (depends on school)
- Physics (depends on school)
- Anatomy + lab (take at Extension or community college)
- Physiology + lab (BILD 26, BIPN 100, or BIPN 102). *take human physio lab at a community college
- Microbiology + lab (BIMM 120, BIMM 121 - lab).
- English Composition
- Public Speaking
- Statistics (Math 11, Psych 60,etc.)
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.
- Consider getting trained to become a pharmacy technician.
- ***Please note that beginning Jan. 2, 2020 the TCP will be requiring completion of an approved course or 500 hours of pharmacy experience prior to taking the exam. Learn more about eligibility requirements.
- Volunteer, shadow, and get to know a pharmacist!
- General Pre-Health Experiential Opportunities List
- Asian Pacific Health Foundation: Current stations: Hepatitis B/C, Osteroporosis, Blood glucose, Blood lipid, Hypertension, Registration, Equipment Team
APPLICATION DEADLINES:First Rotation Application Cycle: September 9, 2019 - October 5, 2019Second Rotation Application Cycle: December 23, 2019 - January 11, 2020Third Rotation Application Cycle: March 16, 2020 - April 11, 2020Summer Rotation Application Cycle: May 18, 2020 - June 13, 2020ROTATION DATES:First Rotation: October 14, 2019 - January 13, 2020Second Rotation: January 21, 2020 - April 8, 2020Third Rotation: April 20, 2020 - June 15, 2020Summer Rotation: June 22, 2020 - September 14, 202
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.