Why Choose the College of Pharmacy? - Program Spotlight
Graduates are well prepared for the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), which is required for licensure in Michigan and most other states.
Ferris offers a pre-pharmacy/professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Pre-Pharmacy consists of approximately three full-time academic years of study which can be completed in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ferris State University. Application guides are also available which outline pre-pharmacy courses that can be completed at most of the state's two and four-year institutions. The four-year professional degree program is then completed in the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University. (First two years - Big Rapids, 3rd year - Grand Rapids, 4th year in clinical sites located in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Flint/Saginaw, Traverse City, Marquette and several other cities in Michigan).
Pre-Pharmacy subjects include general biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, genetics, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, calculus, statistics, physics, economics, English, communication skills, psychology or sociology, and cultural enrichment. All course work designated as pre-pharmacy must be completed in order to finalize admission. Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the University's General Education Guidelines.
Since its inception in 1893, the College of Pharmacy has adapted its programming to meet the challenges and complex demands of an ever-changing profession. Current emphasis is on clinical practice and the provision of medication therapy management to ensure that the patient's drug therapy is appropriate, safe, effective for the condition being treated and cost-effective. Graduates of the College will be prepared to deliver care to patients in a wide range of practice settings.
Some of the many fields of specialization open to the pharmacist include:
- Community pharmacy: most pharmacists are engaged in this type of professional practice in either independently owned or chain pharmacies.
- Hospital pharmacy: this field offers a variety of assignments in support of physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team in dealing with the medication needs of patients.
- Industrial pharmacy: opportunities include those related to production, quality control, research, administration and sales promotion.
- Long term care: This includes many settings such as nursing home, hospice, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and substance abuse care.
- Other: Nuclear pharmacy, drug information, poison control, public health, home health care, long-term care, law and areas of pharmacy education and specialization.
Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is competitive and is granted to the best qualified applicants on a space available basis.
Admission criteria include:
1. Academic Achievement in pre-pharmacy courses;
2. Score on Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT);
3. Results of an in-person interview (verbal and written);
4. Pharmacy Technical Standards;
5. Course load (average number of hours per semester, repeats, withdrawals);
6. Letters of recommendation; and
7. Results of a criminal background check.
For complete admission policies, check at the link below:
Although the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA obtained in pre-pharmacy is 2.5, the average of successful applicants is higher. The Pre-Pharmacy program can be taken at Ferris or at any other accredited college or university.
The College of Pharmacy at Ferris State grants the doctor of pharmacy degree. Graduation requirements for the Pharm.D. degree include completion of all work outlined in the Pharm.D. curriculum and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
The Application Process
Information on the pre-pharmacy curriculum as well as contact information on pre-pharmacy advisors can be found by clicking on link below: https://ferris.edu/arts-sciences/index.htm
Information on the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program can be found at the College of Pharmacy website below: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/pharmacy/admissions/homepage.htm
For students interested in applying to the College of Pharmacy after completing the two-year pre-pharmacy courses at another State of Michigan college or university should consult the appropriate guide below: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/pharmacy/admissions/guides/AppguidesTxPage.htm
Other students should contact the College of Pharmacy Office at: College of Pharmacy, 220 Ferris Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307; Phone: 231-591-2249.
The College of Pharmacy is recognized by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education, the national accrediting agency for all colleges of pharmacy. Ferris is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
College of Pharmacy
Ferris State University
220 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
Phone: (231) 591-2249