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Degree Type: Associate in Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Pharmacy? - Program Spotlight

The Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris is designed to give you all the tools necessary to gain admission into the College of Pharmacy. Because of the stringent requirements and extensive educational background needed to become a pharmacist, the courses in the Pre-Pharmacy program give you a broad overview and strong beginning to the Pharmacy program.

A path to a career in pharmacy begins with the three-year Pre-Pharmacy program, which is designed to prepare students to meet the competitive admission requirements of the College of Pharmacy. Upon admission to the College of Pharmacy, you will continue your studies for four years to complete the doctor of pharmacy degree.

Career Opportunities

As a professional pharmacist, you will be the most accessible member of the health care team and the most knowledgeable about the effects of drugs on people. You will serve as an essential link between the patient and the prescribing physician, advising both about drug interactions, dosages and possible side effects.

Your knowledge of drugs and drug functions will provide job opportunities as a community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist or industrial pharmacist. Other opportunities include pharmaceutical journalism, advertising, public health, research, law enforcement, pharmacy education and positions with pharmaceutical associations. Ferris graduates enjoy 100 percent job placement, and the financial awards can be abundant.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT/SAT16 scores for admission review.

Admission to the College of Pharmacy is granted to the best qualified applicants, as space permits. It is based on your Pre-Pharmacy GPA (must be at least 2.5) and the results of your Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The PCAT is a national, standardized test you must take about the time you apply for admission to the College of Pharmacy. Successful completion of the Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris or another university does not guarantee admission into the College of Pharmacy.

General Education Requirements

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for an Associate in Science degree.  Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website.  

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris leads to an associate in science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework. This degree requires 84 minimum credits including all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. The residency requirement consists of 15 minimum FSU semester credits in BIOL/CHEM courses. Students may earn an A.S. degree in Natural Science or an A.S. degree in Pre-Pharmacy, but they may not earn both.  

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Pre-Pharmacy, AS - 84-85 Credits

Pre-Pharmacy Major Requirements - 57-58 Credits
General Biology 1
General Biology 2
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
General Microbiology
Principles of Genetics
General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 2
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
Stats for the Life Sciences
Choose One:
Introductory Physics 1
General Physics 1

General Education

English 1
English 2
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Cultural Enrichment Elective (one course at 200 or higher level and one global course)
Social Awareness Elective