Those who hope to impact patient care—whether on the front lines in a pharmacy setting or through pharmaceutical research—can step up to academic preparation and ultimately practice in these rewarding fields by starting with a pre-pharmacy program. Our pre-pharmacy emphasis bridges the gap from undergraduate education to graduate studies with an advanced focus in a variety of natural science fields.
- What is Pre-Pharmacy?
- What Can I Do with a Pre-Pharmacy Degree?
- Is a Pre-Pharmacy Degree Worth It?
- Curriculum and Degree Requirements
- Admission Requirements
This pre-pharmacy program equips students for more advanced study in specialized pharmacy programs. Following a biology or chemistry track, the pre-pharmacy degree offers well-rounded undergraduate studies preferred by most professional schools of pharmacy. Besides a focus on sciences, including physics, chemistry and biology, this degree program explores English, mathematics, social sciences and the humanities.
With a pre-pharmacy credential, students can continue on to a professional pharmacy program or focus on a natural science discipline in their advanced studies. Graduates have the option to pursue jobs in the pharmacy field or in a wide range of natural science careers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacists earn a median wage of $128,710 annually. Natural science managers earn a median salary of $137,940 annually, with chemists and material scientists reportedly earning an average of $80,680. Both of these areas are projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 5 percent through 2029. Career opportunities across pharmacy and natural science fields can include:
- Clinical Pharmacist
- Hospital Pharmacist
- Outpatient Pharmacy Manager
- Clinical Researcher
- Natural Sciences Manager
- Laboratory Director
The rewards of a pharmacy or natural sciences career path can include supporting patient health and well-being as a pharmacist directly serving patient care. Those taking on the challenges of research within the pharmacy or certain natural science industries can contribute to vital medical discovery and innovation, such as critical drugs that can offer symptom relief or even cures for disease.
Round out your undergraduate education with a pre-pharmacy program that offers a specialized focus in your areas of interest, ultimately building momentum toward a rewarding career. Benefits of pursuing your degree with a pre-pharmacy focus at University of the Cumberlands include:
- Expanded career opportunities. A well-rounded undergraduate degree can expand your opportunities, whether you hope to join the field immediately or continue on with your studies and take aim at a career down the road.
- Dedicated advisors. Our advisors offer expertise in guiding your biology or chemistry track learning goals, from understanding the courses required for degree completion to understanding the procedures and requirements necessary for a post baccalaureate education in your field of interest.
- Meet your requirements. A pre-pharmacy focus can help you meet certain academic pre-reqs for entry to pharmacy programs. Your pre-pharmacy courses can also better prepare you for success in advanced courses in your area of interest at the graduate level.
If you want to pursue a career in the pharmacy world, check into the pre-pharmacy degree track at University of the Cumberlands. Our chemistry program is just what the doctor ordered to fulfill the 60 hours of pre-pharmacy undergraduate work that most pharmacy schools require for admittance.
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