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Pre-Pharmacy

Course Requirements

General pharmacy school requirements in Kentucky include:

  • One semester of biology with laboratory
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of English
  • One semester of calculus or a semester of college algebra AND elementary calculus
  • One semester of microeconomics or macroeconomics or accounting
  • One semester of microbiology with laboratory
  • One semester of statistics
  • One semester of human anatomy
  • One semester of physiology
  • Public speaking required by some colleges
  • 10–19 hours of elective courses

Suggested course work arrangement:

First semester

  • CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
  • MATH 1304 Calculus I
  • FYS 1004 First-Year Seminar

Second semester

  • CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
  • BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology, Molecules and Cells
  • FYS 1104 First-Year Research Seminar

Third semester

  • CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I

Fourth semester

  • CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II

Fifth semester

  • BIO 2014 (EXSC 2094) Anatomy and Physiology I
    Or
  • BIO 3016 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Sixth semester

  • BIO 2104 (EXSC 2104) Anatomy and Physiology II
    Or
  • BIO 3065 Animal Physiology
  • BIO 3046 Microbiology

To be taken as schedule allows:

  • ECON 2024 Principles of Microeconomics
    or
  • ECON 2034 Principles of Macroeconomics
    or
  • ACCT 2014 Principles of Accounting I
  • MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics
  • WRC 1034 Public Speaking

PCAT

The PCAT tests the following subject areas:

  • Writing (part I)
  • Verbal Ability
    • Analogies
    • Sentence Completion
  • Biology
    • General Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human Physiology
  • Chemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Writing (part II)
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Analytical Skills
    • Ability to Evaluate Passages
  • Quantitative Ability
    • Basic Math
    • Algebra
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Pre-calculus
    • Calculus

Competitive applicants

  • Overall GPA: 3.0-3.5
  • PCAT overall score: 75

Factors that increase competitiveness:

  • Community service/volunteer work
  • Experience in the field
  • Leadership
  • Strong communication skills

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