Pre-Pharmacy Program

Pre-Pharmacy (4 yr)

Admission requirements vary by institution so you should research programs of interest.  In general, requirements include:

  • 1 year general biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • 1 year general chemistry
  • 1 year organic chemistry
  • 1 year introductory or general physics
  • Mathematics
  • 1 year English
  • Courses in social sciences or humanities

Application Timeline

Pharmacy school directly after Messiah University:

  • Required courses must be completed by end of the first semester of senior year
  • Apply in the summer between junior and senior year

Standardized Test

  • The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required by approximately 2/3 of all pharmacy schools.
  • The PCAT is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for graduate-level pharmaceutical education.
  • The test is offered on one or more dates in July, September, October, November, and January.
  • Free, online PCAT Information Booklet can be found here.

Application Service

  • Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)
  • Apply directly to schools not participating in PharmCAS
  • Pharmacy schools vary with respect to their application due dates.
  • APPLY EARLY!  Do not wait until application deadlines!