Sep 30, 2020  
2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Pharmacy (plan of study)

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The University of Saint Joseph offers a 3-calendar-year post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. program. Students enter as Biology , Biochemistry  or Chemistry  majors and complete all pre-Pharmacy and general education requirements with their Bachelor’s degree. Students pursue a separate admissions process to the professional Pharm.D. Program , as well as take the PCAT. All qualified students will be considered for an interview as part of the admission process.

Students must meet the prerequisites of the Pharm.D. program. The USJ courses that meet the prerequisite requirements are listed below. Applicants from other schools must have equivalent courses.

3+3 Pharm.D. Program (Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry B.S. to Pharm.D.)  

The University also offers the option to complete an undergraduate and Pharm.D. degree in six years. Students who are admitted to the 3+3 Pharm.D. Program (Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry B.S. to Pharm.D.)  enter the University as first-year students and  earn a Bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Pharmacy practice (Pharm.D.) degree in six years.

Pre-professional plans of study

Students major in a degree program and use these study guidelines to assist in their curriculum choices. Students are responsible for learning about the particular professional schools or professions they are interested in by taking opportunities to serve in a voluntary or employed capacity in their field of interest. They should consult with the appropriate advisory group or their academic advisor regularly.

Students interested in medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy or veterinary careers should enroll in INTD 135 - Explorations of Careers in Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences  in their first year.

Highly recommended

 The School of Pharmacy also recommends students take these courses:

Humanities (at least 6 credits)

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Theater
  • Literature
  • Religion
  • Music
  • Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy

Social Sciences (at least 6 credits)

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Sciences
  • Economics
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Government
  • Ethnic Studies

Health-related Science and Mathematics (at least 6 credits)

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Informatics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Mathematics above Calculus I
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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