o become a pharmacist, you must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and pass the national licensure examination. Before you can pursue a Pharm.D., you must complete three years of pre-pharmacy course work. The University of Mississippi's pre-pharmacy curriculum fosters mastery of the practical and theoretical knowledge and analytical and communications skills needed for admission to today's Pharm.D. programs, one of many reasons completing your pre-pharmacy requirements at the University of Mississippi may be the right prescription for your future.
If you think you want to become a pharmacist, you should take as much high school laboratory science (biology, chemistry and physics) and mathematics as you can. Next, you must complete three years of pre-pharmacy (pre-professional) courses, which may be taken at a community college, the University of Mississippi or another four-year college or university, or a combination of these options.
|UM Course Required||Credit|
|Writing I (English Composition I)||WRIT 101||3|
|Writing II (English Composition II)||WRIT 102||3|
|Calculus I||MATH 261||3|
|Chemistry I||CHEM 105, 115||4|
|Chemistry II||CHEM 106, 116||4|
|Biology I||BISC 160, 161||4|
|Biology II||BISC 162, 163||4|
|Organic Chemistry I||CHEM 221, 225||4|
|Organic Chemistry II||CHEM 222, 226||4|
|Physics I||PHYS 213, 223||4|
|Physics II||PHYS 214, 224||4|
|Social Sciences||See elective choices||6|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||See elective choices||9|
|Bioethics (Biomedical Ethics)||PHAD 395 or PHIL 328||3|
|Biochemistry||PHCL 343 or CHEM 473||3|
|Physiology (Human Physiology)||PHCL 344 or BISC 330||4|
|Medical Microbiology||PHCG 321||3|
|Cell and Molecular Biology||BISC 372||3|
|Social or Behavioral Sciences||Humanities||Fine Arts*|
|Anthropology 101||Classics 101, 102, 206||Art (any)|
|African American Studies 170, 201, 202||English (any)||Art History (any)|
|Economics (not 202)||Gender Studies 201||Music 103, 104|
|Journalism 101||Modern Languages (any)||Theatre Arts 201|
|Political Science 101||History 101, 102, 105, 106, 160, 180||Dance (any)|
|Psychology 201||Southern Studies 101|
|Sociology 101||Religion 101|
|Social Work (any)||Philosophy 101, 103|
Once you have completed your pre-pharmacy requirements, you must complete four years of professional pharmacy course work to earn a Pharm.D. At the University of Mississippi, students who complete the pre-pharmacy program and first year of the professional curriculum receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) degree.
You may apply for admission to the professional program of the UM School of Pharmacy while completing your pre-professional courses. To be eligible, you must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test, or PCAT within the calendar year in which you apply. For example, a candidate applying for admission in November 2013 to begin in the fall of 2014 would have taken the PCAT during the 2013 calendar year prior to the application deadline. Applications must be submitted online by November 1 for admission the following August. Composite admission scores are based on the chart, opposite.
For more information about admission, call us at 662-915-7996 or visit our website at www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu.
Although you may take required pre-pharmacy (pre-professional) courses at a community college, four-year college or university other than UM, you will find advantages in taking these courses at Ole Miss:
Pre-pharmacy and B.S.P.S. students take classes on UM's main campus in Oxford, one of the best college towns in America. Our students experience an amazing number of visual and performing arts events year-round. It's why Oxford and Ole Miss have been dubbed the "cultural arts Mecca of the new South."
A University of Mississippi education is ranked as one of America's Best College Buys by Forbes magazine. With our tuition among the country's lowest and many of our programs among the nation's finest (e.g., Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College), our students often say Ole Miss provides a private education at a public school price.
UM's more than 200 student organizations provide ample opportunities to get involved in philanthropic, recreational and professional activities and to develop leadership, communications and teamwork skills.
Our Oxford campus was recently ranked in the top 10 safest campuses in the nation.
Read a dozen more reasons why studying pharmacy at Ole Miss is the right prescription for your future.
The University of Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and its Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
The School of Pharmacy was fully reaccredited in 2012 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
The pass rate on the national licensure examination for the 2012 graduating class was 98.97 percent, and 84 percent of the entering professional class in August 2008 graduated with their Pharm.D. degree prior to September 2012.
One of the best ways to find out what the University of Mississippi and its School of Pharmacy have to offer is to visit our campus. To schedule your visit to experience Ole Miss firsthand, call the admissions office at 662-915-7226 anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to www.olemiss.edu/admissions/visit.html. We would be happy to show you personally why the UM School of Pharmacy is the right prescription for your future.