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Prepharmacy Studies

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.

Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

Pharmacy schools accept students with a variety of different majors. Students can choose any major while completing the prerequisite coursework needed for admission to a PharmD program.

Grand Valley students are exceptionally competitive. In Fall 2021, 92 percent of Grand Valley students who applied were accepted to pharmacy school. Nationally in 2022, 86 percent of applicants to pharmacy school were accepted.

The preprofessional advising team looks forward to helping students achieve their dream of pharmacy school.

Why Pursue Prepharmacy Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Prepharmacy students at GVSU have access to state-of-the-art labs, including a cadaver lab, that provide unique and rigorous preparation for pharmacy school.
  • The preprofessional advising team maintains a robust preprofessional website to help students find various resources and connect to shadowing and volunteer opportunities. The team also coordinates various workshops and events throughout the year to support prepharmacy students, including a healthcare experience panel, professional and graduate school fairs, personal statement workshops, and mock mini-interviews.
  • Students can join the Pre-Pharmacy Association at GVSU, which connects students with pharmacy school admission representatives, current pharmacy students (GVSU alumni), volunteer and other networking opportunities.
  • Prepharmacy students receive a high level of support through the pharmacy school application process, through one-on-one advising, webinars/workshops, and application review services.
  • GVSU partners closely with the University of Michigan and Ferris State University to offer PharmD early admission programs, mentoring opportunities and more.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Grand Valley's prepharmacy program offers all of the courses necessary to gain admission into pharmacy school, 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

Combined Degree Programs

Most undergraduate majors that prepharmacy students pursue can be combined with a master's degree if a student decides they would like to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree before starting pharmacy school. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center
(616) 331-8585, [email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office