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Pre-Pharmacy

A pharmacy degree can start at SWCC!

Obtain your pre-pharmacy requirements at SWCC with low tuition and housing costs. You

Pre-Pharmacy Graduates Accept to Pharmacy Schools Southwest Virginia Community College

Congratulations to these Southwest Virginia Community College students recently accepted into pharmacy schools for fall 2015. Left to right: Dylan Perkins, Jasmine Hagy, James Steffey, CasSandra Cooper, Bobby Little, Brittiany Ashby, Ryan Endicott
All pictured individuals will be attending the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, VA or East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, TN

will receive a high quality pre-pharmacy education pathway into a rewarding career in Pharmacy.

In two years you will complete the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Science, Specialization: Pre-Medical. SWCC’s pre-pharmacy option provides specific pre-requisite courses required by colleges of pharmacy. Make an appointment with the Science Pre-Medical advisor to discuss the pre-pharmacy option.

Why SWCC?

Just a few of the reasons to complete your pre-pharmacy education at SWCC are:

  • Excellent faculty and course preparation without the university price tag
  • free PCAT math reviews
  • mock interviews
  • strategic advisement

SWCC science students have great success in being accepted to colleges of pharmacy.

Students have been accepted to:

  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • East Tennessee State UniversityGatton College of Pharmacy,
  • Marshall University School of Pharmacy
  • Mercer University College of Pharmacy
  • Wingate University School of Pharmacy
  • Belmont University College of Pharmacy
  • Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy
  • Virginia Commonwealth School of Pharmacy
  • Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
  • University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.

Educational Pathway

Pharmacy candidates are not currently required to have a bachelor’s degree before entering a college of pharmacy. Most pharmacy colleges require a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework for acceptance. After being accepted to a college of pharmacy it will typically take three or four years to be awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.). Graduates of colleges of pharma Read More cy may choose to pursue additional training through residencies or fellowships in specialty areas.

SWCC has an articulation agreement with Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, VA.

Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the college of pharmacies you are interested in attending. This will help to  insure that you will meet all their criteria for admission through the pre-medical/ pre-pharmacy option at SWCC. Some basic factors are:

Good undergraduate grades in science classes and a good overall GPA; some colleges of pharmacy do not list a specific GPA but you should strive for 3.0 or better
Test scores (PCAT); many colleges of pharmacy do not list a specific PCAT score but you should strive to do well
True interest in the profession as demonstrated by shadowing or working in a pharmacy or pharmacy related field
Volunteering in the community or in healthcare areas
Exceptional communication skills
Strong reference letters from professionals who know your character, as well as, your work ethic

What is the PCAT?

It is the Pharmacy College Admission Test. It is a standardized test taken by students who are applying to colleges of pharmacy. It will be similar to the ACT or SAT. It measures general academic ability, critical thinking and scientific knowledge. It covers biology, chemistry, mathematics (including calculus), and reading comprehension. The PCAT consists of approximately 240 multiple-choice items Read More and a writing sample. Candidates are given approximately four hours to complete the test. http://pcatweb.info/About-the-PCAT.php

Important qualities for pharmacists

Pharmacy practice requires conscientious performance. It demands attention to detail, good judgment, dependability, and excellent communication skills. In addition pharmacists must have high ethical standards, maintain reliable records and be knowledgeable about existing and new medications coming on the market. As in other health-related occupations, empathy, understanding and the desire to help Read More others are good qualities for dealing effectively with patients

Is pharmacy for you?

The student should shadow pharmacists and ask questions about the profession. Pharmacists care for patients in different ways through their responsibilities of dispensing drugs, educating patients on use of prescriptions and over the counter medications, counseling patients and administering vaccines. Pharmacists advise physicians and other healthcare providers on drug decisions. Career opportunit Read More ies are numerous and varied. Pharmacists can be found in retail pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, veterinary pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, home infusion and chemotherapy, pharmaceutical benefit management, and healthcare information technology to name a few.

Are you interested in changing careers to pharmacy?

Admission offices do not consider age in the application process. The age range of students is 20 to 60 years old. There are a growing number of applicants that are returning adult students. If you are interested in a career change make an appointment with the Science Pre-Medical advisor to discuss the pre-pharmacy option today.

Colleges of Pharmacy

There are 120 colleges of pharmacy in the United States. You can review them at the following site: http://www.aacp.org/about/membership/institutionalmembership/Pages/usinstitutionalmember.aspx

Schools in the Region:

Quick Facts:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm

2012 Median Pay $116,670 per year
$56.09 per hour
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 286,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 14% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 41,400