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Prepharmacy Studies

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Prepharmacy students gain the strong foundation on which to build their studies at a pharmacy school, leading to successful careers in the burgeoning health industry.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

Pharmacy schools accept students with a variety of different majors. Prepharmacy students at Grand Valley State University may choose any major while completing the prerequisite coursework they need to score well on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Grand Valley students are exceptionally competitive with those from other undergraduate institutions. For Fall 2017, 91% of Grand Valley students were accepted to Pharmacy School on their first application. Nationally in 2017, 82% of applicants to pharmacy school were accepted.

The advising team looks forward to helping you achieve your dream of pharmacy school!

Helpful Links

For More Information

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center

gvsu.edu/clasadvising
C-1-140-MAK
(616) 331-8585

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Face to face courses are scheduled during the day and are offered at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Coursework

Grand Valley's prepharmacy program offers all of the courses necessary to gain admission into pharmacy school and fulfill the requirements of the PCAT, including:

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics

Career Options

Prepharmacy studies prepares students for pharmacy school, and they go on to hold positions such as:

  • Community pharmacist
  • Researcher
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Compounding pharmacist

 

“To prepare for Pharmacy School, I used the Writing Department, in addition to my Preprofessional advisor, to proofread and make suggestions on my personal statement. By the time I submitted my application, I was extremely confident in the quality of my personal statement. I also was a regular attendee to pre-pharmacy club meetings starting my sophomore year. Those meetings outlined the application process well, allowing me to get through everything without any unexpected hitches when I went to apply.”

TYLER FENTON
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, CLASS OF 2012
 

"The biomedical sciences degree prepared me well for pharmacy school and I feel confident I will succeed as I continue on my education. My academic advisor was phenomenal in helping me with all kinds of questions. They also connected me with the Pre-Pharmacy Association where I made lasting connections with pharmacists, faculty at pharmacy schools, and more importantly, with some of my greatest friends."

KIMBERLY VO
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, CLASS OF 2018
 

“My course preparation at Grand Valley could not have been better. In my experience, the faculty at Grand Valley were amazingly supportive and provided as much individual attention as I needed to help me succeed.”

RYAN DARO
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES MAJOR, CLASS OF 2008