Preparation for Pharmacy
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accredited colleges of pharmacy require a minimum
of five years of study to qualify for the pharmacy
degree. One or two years of the five-year requirement
may be satisfied at the University. The state
boards of pharmacy usually require a period
of practical experience in pharmacy. Students
should request information concerning requirements
for a certificate to practice pharmacy from
the board of pharmacy in the state in which
they wish to practice. In Ohio this information
may be obtained from the State Board of Pharmacy,
77 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-6126
colleges of pharmacy vary in their requirements,
pre-pharmacy students should ascertain the requirements
of the school they plan to enter before selecting
the courses for the second year. The program
outlined below prepares the student for transfer
to the College of Pharmacy at the Ohio State
University after one year. In the first year
at BGSU, students may enroll as "pre-health
professional." They may change to "pre-pharmacy"
when they have completed at least 30 hours of
coursework, have declared a major, and have
125, and CHEM
These courses must be taken for a grade. Upon
completion of 30 hours of coursework and the
above-mentioned courses, students must have
BOTH an overall 3.25 GPA and a 3.25 Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Math
GPA. Upon meeting these criteria, students may
contact their college office to replace the
label of "pre-health professional"
with "pre-pharmacy." If students do
not meet these criteria after 30 hours, they
may keep their "pre-health professional"
label for up to 60 hours. If a student has met
the above criteria after 60 hours of coursework,
then he or she may change to "pre-pharmacy."
Once students have changed to "pre-pharmacy,"
they will be expected to meet with their advisors
regularly to plan their coursework for subsequent
semesters. If, after 60 hours, the above criteria
still have not been met, students must drop
the "pre-health professional" label
and must also meet with an advisor to re-evaluate
future goals. Transfer students must enroll
as "pre-health professional" for the
first semester at BGSU; if, after one semester
at BGSU, the student's overall and Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Math
GPA are a 3.25, then he/she may change to "pre-pharmacy."
A list of accredited colleges of pharmacy may
be obtained from the American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy, 1426 Prince Street, Alexandria,
VA 22314 (http://www.aacp.org).
128 or 129 or 130 (by placement) and 131
chosen from social sciences, literature
pharmacy schools require additional calculus.