Prerequisite Coursework

Building the foundation for your future in pharmacy school

All students interested in obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at NEOMED are required to take pre-professional courses to build a strong education foundation prior to entering pharmacy school — a bachelor’s degree is not required These courses are designed to aid future pharmacists in the role they will play as health care providers in a culturally diverse society and to prepare students for successful completion of the pharmacy curriculum at NEOMED.

Prerequisite requirements are changing following the current year 2017-2018 application cycle. Please see the “Entering Fall 2019” column in the table below for requirements for students applying in the 2018-2019 application cycle and beyond. 

Required Pre-professional Courses (Semester Hours)Entering Fall 2018 (2017-2018 app cycle)Entering Fall 2019 (2018-2019 app cycle)
Anatomy & Physiology — 3
Microbiology — 3
Biology and Other Life Sciences Sequence (with lab) 8 8
Inorganic Chemistry Sequence (with lab) 8 8
Organic Chemistry Sequence (with lab) 8 8
General Physics Sequence 6 3
Biochemistry Sequence* 6 3
Calculus 3 3
Statistics 3 3
Economics 3 —
Literature or Composition** 6 6
Speech or Communication 3 —
Psychology 3 —
General Education and/or Additional Science***15 15
Total72 63

* For the 2017-2018 application cycle, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology will be considered acceptable substitutions for up to three credit hours of the Biochemistry II requirement. Substitutions will not be accepted from 2018-2019 onward. 

** Beginning with the 2018-2019 application cycle and beyond, this 6 semester hour requirement will be limited to English composition credits only. Literature courses that are not composition-based will not be accepted for this requirement, though they can still be used to fulfill the General Education requirement.

*** General Education and/or additional science courses are defined as humanities, social science, business, computer literacy, and additional coursework in the other prerequisite categories.  A course can be used only once to fulfill a prerequisite. If, for example, a student takes a four credit hour Communications course to fulfill the three credit hour Communications requirement, the extra one credit hour may be carried over toward fulfilling the General Education requirement. 

Quarter Hours: If your college uses quarter hours rather than semester hours, you may multiply your quarter hours by 2/3 (0.66) to convert to semester hours to estimate completion. NEOMED will refer to PharmCAS calculations in the admission decision.

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