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Pre-Pharmacy

Essential Courses

 

Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequisites)
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistryl Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
CH 250 Analytical Chemistry 4 CH 232
PC 200 General Physics I* 3 PC 206 (corequisite)
  OR
PC 202 Introductory Physics I* 3 MA 130, MA 230 and PC 206 (corequisites)
PC 206 Physics Lab I 1 PC 200 or PC 202 (corequisite)
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology** 3 None
  OR
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 None
MA 130 Calculus I 4 None
MA 220 Intro. to Probability & Statistics 4 MA 130
  OR
BI 305 Biostatistics 4 BI 106 or EES 100
  OR
ND SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences 4 None
EB 222 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 None
  OR
EB 223 Principles of Microeconomics 3 None
EN ___ English Course Iin addition to CWS) 3 Varies

*Some schools require a full year of Physics with Lab and some require calculus-based physics (check pre-requisites)
**Many schools require Psychology

Important Notes:

  1. Strongly recommend microbiology, comparative anatomy, physiology, Calculus II, biochemistry and molecular biology. Also recommend computers, genetics, arts, American culture, minorities, foreign language (especially Spanish), sociology, business courses, communication courses, and ethics.
  2. This course list reflects our agreement with LECOM. Although this course list will be sufficient for most programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  3. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor.
  4. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee who specializes in Pre-Pharmacy, preferably Dr. Peter Baran.
  5. In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in pharmacy either during the school year or over the summer.

REQUIREMENTS

LECOM
Regular Progression (4 years at Juniata) OR 3+3 or 3+4 Accelerated OR 4+3 or 4 + 4 Early Acceptance B.S./Pharm.D. Program*
Course  
Biology I and II with lab 8
Chemistry I and II with lab 8
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab 8
Physics I 3
English 6
Psychology or Sociology 3
Statistics 3
Calculus I 3
Economics** 3
Electives*** 15

*3+3 and 4 + 3 programs are for the Erie, Pennsylvania campus; 3+4 and 4 + 4 programs are for the Bradenton, Florida campus

**Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
***Recommend Humanities and Social Sciences

Competitive credentials:

3+3 and 3+4 students MUST be identified by the beginning of their sophomore year and 4+3 and 4+4 students by the beginning of their junior year. 3+ and 4+ students must have at least a 3.5 high school GPA and 1170 on the Math and Verbal sections of the SAT or a 26 on the ACT AND satisfactorily pass a professional interview at LECOM before being admitted to the pre-professional part of the program at Juniata. Juniata overall GPA must be 3.4 or higher and science GPA of 3.2 or higher with prerequisite course grades of C or better. Transfer students must complete at least 2 consecutive years at Juniata.

ALL APPLICANTS- accelerated and regular
LECOM accepts ONLY U.S. citizens and permanent residents. LECOM accepts AP credits for all subjects as long as a score of 4 or 5 is achieved. The PCAT is optional (but recommended). LECOM requires a secondary application, an on-site personal interview and requires a criminal background check be done by Certiphi as part of the PharmCAS application process. LECOM requires completion of the PharmCAS and supplemental applications by January 1st of the year prior to the year of matriculation (i.e. the student's last year at Juniata). Prerequisites should be completed by the end of the fall semester of the student's last year at Juniata, but if not, the student can be conditionally accepted if some course work remains to be completed in their final spring semester.

3+3 and 3+4 applicants should take at least 14 credit hours per term. Accelerated applicants will be disqualified from the program if their cumulative total GPA or science GPA falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters. Accelerated applicants may apply to other schools but MUST attend Lake Erie College of Pharmacy if accepted. LECOM wants no summer course work unless extenuating cirucmstances (LECOM permission required in consultation with Dr. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier). Up to 8 credits of prerequisite college-level courses transferred in at freshman year from another institution may count but cannot be used to reduce the course load. Up to 5 spots are reserved for Juniata students each year for accelerated programs. If an accelerated applicant fails to take the PCAT, they must take a writing skills assessment. Applicants must decide on the campus they wish to attend no later than the year before matriculation and indicate that site on their PharmCAS application.

REGULAR APPLICANTS
Minimum overall GPA to apply for regular LECOM applicants is 2.7. No minimum PCAT scores. Competitive credentials for Pharm.D. at most other schools are 3.0 minimum GPA (recommend 3.4) and PCAT of 200 or better in each section.

NOTE: LECOM Pharmacy School also has a 4 year Distance Education Pathway involving their Bradenton, Florida campus.


Helpful websites:
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy - http://www.AACP.org
American Pharmaceutical Association - www.pharmacist.com
LECOM School of Pharmacy - http://www.lecom.edu/school_pharmacy.php
Pharmacy School Prerequisites and Admission Requirements: http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/admissions/Pages/PSAR.aspx

Pharmacy career options http://www.pharmacist.com/career-option-profiles

General Information: http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/en/Index.aspx

CORE PROGRESSION FOR Pre-PHARMACY

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.  Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone.  Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation.  Consult with your advisor

FALL SPRING
Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCCI)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
  Calculus I
FALL SPRING
Sophomore Year BI 106 Analytical Chemistry
  Intro to Inorganic Chemistry English course
Organic Chem Lab II Psychology* or Sociology
Microeconomics or Macroeconomics  
FALL SPRING
Junior Year Physics I*/Lab
Statistics
PCAT Exam Preparation** PCAT Exam Preparation

*Many schools require Psychology and/or Physics I and II with Labs

**Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata.  If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.  Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.  For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year,  Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.