Pre Pharmacy

What is Pre Pharmacy?

Pharmacists dispense and compound medications prescribed by physicians, dentists and other authorized health-care providers. They are educated in the composition and interaction of drugs and understand how medications change biological functions. They advise people on the use of prescription and nonprescription drugs and work as consultants to medical teams in matters related to daily patient care in hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care facilities.

Pre-pharmacy comprises the undergraduate work required for application to a four-year doctor of pharmacy degree program.

Colleges of pharmacy base their admission strongly on demonstrated ability in the laboratory sciences. This is only natural given the nature of pharmacy education itself. A student’s overall academic record, score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), pharmacy-related experience and extra-curriculuar activities are all factors.

PharmD admissions statistics are available at the College of Pharmacy website.

Career Possibilities

The profession of pharmacy offers excellent opportunities to those interested in science. Registered pharmacists find careers in the areas of community/retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, wholesaling of drug products, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, government work and teaching. Community pharmacy affords pharmacists an opportunity to become owners of their own businesses. Drug product wholesaling has become an important part of the industry’s distribution method; positions of various types may also be available in this area.

The manufacturing of drug products is one of America’s largest industries, requiring astute attention, accuracy and scientific skill. Every manufactured drug product must be carefully compounded, tested and analyzed before it is offered to the public. Manufacturers also employ pharmacists as medical service representatives who provide drug, clinical and other information to health professions.


Pre-Professional Advising Center

Phone: 513-556-2166

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Pre-pharmacy students at UC are fortunate in having our renowned medical center close at hand, which includes our nationally recognized College of Pharmacy, offering specialized degrees through the PhD.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a 2.0 GPA cumulative and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cumulative and a 2.0 at most recent institution

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

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Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Graduation Requirements

It is important to note that pre-pharmacy is not a degree-granting program. Students in degree-granting programs are welcome to simultaneously complete pre-pharmacy requirements in pursuit of admission to a PharmD program.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undetermined Bachelor Degree Degree in Pre Pharmacy

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years


Uptown Campus West


2nd Floor,French Hall-West
PO Box 210037
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0037
Phone: 513-556-5860
McMicken College Undergraduate Academic Services