Pre-Pharmacy

If you have a strong desire to help people feel better and get well as quickly as possible, a career as a pharmacist could be a good fit for you. The pre-pharmacy advising program at UMHB is designed to help students who plan to attend a pharmacy graduate program by providing them with information and support they need as they prepare for and apply to pharmacy school.

Students wishing to pursue a career in pharmacy services may major in any field of study, as long as they also complete the foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics that pharmacy schools require. UMHB’s pre-pharmacy advisors are equipped to help you tailor your studies to your particular interests, complete the foundational coursework required for pharmacy school, and navigate your way through the application process.

Pre-Pharmacy

Who will my advisor be?

The following faculty serve as advisors for pre-pharmacy students: Dr. Karen Grant (Biology) and Dr. Ruth Ann Murphy (Chemistry).

What courses do I need for pharmacy school?

Prerequisites can vary from one pharmacy school to another, but the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy offers a list of requirements at schools across the U.S.

How can I prepare for the PCAT?

The website for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy offers current information on the Pharmacy College Admission Test and how to prepare for the exam.

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Alex Ritenour

Mentors and Support

Alex Ritenour is working toward her doctor of pharmacy and one day hopes to help patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Looking back to her time at UMHB, she says God was equipping her for her future in ways she didn’t even realize at the time. “I can see how large of an impact UMHB made on my life. God placed me at UMHB to mold me into the person He wanted me to be and provided me mentors and support. I will forever be thankful for the experience I had at UMHB and the ways it allowed for me to grow into the person and future pharmacist I am becoming.”

How can I meet other pre-pharmacy students at UMHB?

The Pre-Health Professionals Club offers activities for all students who desire a career in healthcare.
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What pharmacy schools have accepted UMHB alumni?

  • Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • University of Hawaii College of Pharmacy
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Washington

What kinds of jobs do UMHB alumni hold today?

  • Retail pharmacist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Pharmacy manager
  • Pharmacy consultant

Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to establish a connection with a member of the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee as soon as they enroll at UMHB. The HPAC serves as a clearinghouse for information about medical school, and members of the committee serve as advisors for students pursuing careers in medicine. The HPAC is also responsible for writing students’ letters of recommendation when they begin the application process.

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Page last updated October 09, 2018