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New Student Orientation

Session I: June 22–23; Session II: July 27–28

Pharmacy

The Huntingdon Pharmacy Track

Mary Elizabeth Terrell '12 is completing her pharmacy doctorate at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Mary Elizabeth Terrell ’12 completed her pharmacy doctorate at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.

The Huntingdon Pharmacy Track provides you with the knowledge, confidence, laboratory training, and critical thinking and communication skills to be successful in pharmacy school and in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Whether you practice retail pharmacy, work as a nuclear pharmacist preparing compounds for imaging, or serve as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital, your Huntingdon education will prepare you for any path you choose to take.

Because of our challenging coursework, undergraduate research equipment, detailed lab assignments, and opportunities for meaningful internships, you will gain a competitive advantage for admission to pharmacy programs. Letters of recommendation—written by Huntingdon faculty who know you personally throughout your Huntingdon academic career—will strengthen your pharmacy school applications. Mock interviews, essay writing assistance, and personal advising by faculty in Huntingdon’s Pre-Health Professions Committee are part of the Huntingdon Pharmacy Track.

Overview

Jessica Dickson

Jessica Dickson ’12 is completing her doctorate in pharmacy at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Since the 1960s, the pharmacy profession has branched out in many directions other than traditional pharmacy settings (community, hospital). Once you have graduated from pharmacy school with a Pharm.D. and have successfully passed the pharmacy state board licensure exam, your career opportunities in pharmacy will be great. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, community pharmacy (chain and independent), hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy services, nuclear pharmacy, pharmaceutical research, pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and many other specialty areas.

A degree from Huntingdon with a Pharmacy Track curriculum can lead to acceptance in pharmacy schools nationwide. Here is a partial list of schools where Huntingdon alumni have been admitted:

  • Belmont University School of Pharmacy
  • Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
  • McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
  • Mercer University College of Pharmacy
  • Philadelphia College of Medicine School of Pharmacy
  • Temple University School of Pharmacy
  • University of Florida School of Pharmacy
  • University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
  • Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy
  • South College School of Pharmacy
  • South University School of Pharmacy
  • Union School of Pharmacy
  • University of Southern Nevada School of Pharmacy
  • Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Preparing for Admission

In order to gain acceptance into a pharmacy school, you must accomplish four things:

  • Complete the required courses listed below;
  • Achieve excellent grades overall and in the basic sciences;
  • Earn a competitive PCAT score; and
  • Get involved as a health-related volunteer and/or pharmacy technician; or obtain shadowing experience and research experience.
Stephanie Yasechko

Stephanie Yasechko ’16 entered the doctor of pharmacy program at Ohio State University in fall 2016.

Pharmacy schools do not select on the basis of major. While most of our successful applicants have majored in one of the sciences (i.e., Biology or Chemistry), students from other majors have been admitted. We recommend that you choose a major that interests you. While pharmacy schools are not concerned about major, they do want to see that you have taken a rigorous plan of study. Pharmacy school curriculum is not easy, and undertaking a rigorous plan of study as preparation is a way for students to demonstrate that they can survive the rigors of pharmacy school study. Some suggested majors at Huntingdon College are listed below:

College Course Prerequisites

The course prerequisites for admission vary significantly across pharmacy programs. Our advisers will help you with the specific requirements for your program. You can also visit the pharmacy school’s institutional website  to determine what courses are required by each institution.  The most commonly required course prerequisites are listed below:

  • Microbiology w/lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II  w/labs (8 credits)
  • Introductory Biology w/lab (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II w/labs (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry I & II  w/labs  (8 credits)
  • Physics I & II w/labs (8 credits)
  • Economics (3 credits)
  • English Composition I & II  (6 credits)
  • English Literature (3 credits)
  • Statistics  (3 credits)

Other Admission Requirements: Some schools require:  Biochemistry I & II (8 credits), Immunology (3 credits), Ethics (or medical ethics; 3 credits).

PCAT

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams ’15 is an Auburn University pharmacy doctoral candidate.

Most Pharmacy programs require applicants to complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Programs may have minimum acceptable scores and last acceptable test dates. Policies regarding the consideration of multiple sets of PCAT scores vary by institution. Acceptable scores at Alabama Pharmacy Schools (Auburn, Samford) require a composite above the 50th percentile and Biology/Chemistry subscores above the 60th percentile.

References

Most pharmacy programs require 1–3 letters of reference (also known as “letters of evaluation” or “recommendations”) as part of the admission process. You may need to submit references from a particular individual, such as a pharmacist, science faculty, or academic health professions adviser. You should select individuals who meet the program’s requirements, know you well, and can speak to your maturity, dependability, dedication, compassion, communication skills, leadership, and any hands-on experience in the field.

Interviews

Pharmacy programs may require competitive applicants to visit the campus for an interview. The interview format varies by institution. Applicants may be required to speak with a single faculty member, a student, a pharmacist, or a panel of interviewers; or participate in an orientation program. If invited, dress in professional business attire. An applicant should be prepared to discuss why he/she has chosen to pursue a career in pharmacy and how he/she perceives the role of pharmacists in health care. Those who have researched and gained direct exposure to the profession will be better prepared to respond to the interview questions. During the interview, applicants may be rated on their oral communication skills, professional behaviors and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, knowledge of the profession, ability to solve problems, and motivation to pursue a career in pharmacy. An applicant’s written communication skills may also be measured with an on-site essay.

Field Experience

You can gain pharmacy field experience in a wide variety of settings, either as paid part-time work or internship while at Huntingdon. Pharmacy Track students obtain their Phamacy Technician’s license from the State of Alabama during their first semester at Huntingdon. Pharmacy Track students have gained experience in these settings, among others:

  • The M.D. Connection
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Adams Drug Company
  • Rite-Aid Pharmacy
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy
  • University of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Walmart Pharmacy

For more information on the Pharmacy Track program, contact Pre-Health Professions adviser Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78.