Pre-Pharmacy

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To become licensed, a prospective pharmacist must graduate from one of the seventy-two colleges accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, complete about 1500 hours of internship under a registered pharmacist and pass the state pharmacy board examination. Accredited pharmacy schools offer five-year undergraduate programs which lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Some of them also offer a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which gives students more experience in working with patients and health practitioners. A typical pharmacy program consists of two stages. The first is a pre-professional stage, which lasts one or two years and consists of studies in mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry. In the second stage students take advanced courses in pharmaceutical chemistry, bacteriology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, pathology, law and administration. After becoming licensed, pharmacists are required in many states to take additional pharmacy courses to maintain their license.

Course Schedule

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
BIO-112 General Biology I
4.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
MAT-210 Calculus I
4.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
BIO-113 General Biology II
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CHM-261 Organic Chemistry I
4.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
MAT-157 Statistics
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
3.0
CHM-271 Organic Chemistry II
4.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 20.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 71.0

**BIO-186 Microbiology w/lab is a recommended summer course

Advisors

Lindsey Rossow
Advisor
515-574-1195
rossow@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers
Advising Director
515-574-1252
shivers@iowacentral.edu

Instructors

Dr. Anne Macek-Lachelt
Instructor
515-574-1246
lachelt@iowacentral.edu