Pharmacy is the profession of providing direct input into overall patient drug management. The pharmacist reviews updated patient medication profiles on a daily basis, makes rounds with teams, provides drug information, assists during emergency situations, and instructs pharmacy residents in direct provision of clinical services. The inpatient pharmacy employs a computerized unit dose drug distribution system, a hospital wide intravenous admixture program, and satellite pharmacies in intensive care units and hematology oncology units.
Suggested pre-pharmacy courses in addition to the University’s Liberal Studies requirements include:
- BIO 111 Principles of Biology
- BIO 301 Human Anatomy
- BIO 302 General Microbiology
- BIO 303 Human Physiology
- CHE 101/110 General Chemistry I/Lab
- CHE 102/120 General Chemistry II/Lab
- CHE 301/310 Organic Chemistry I/Lab
- CHE 302/320 Organic Chemistry II/Lab
- ECO 201 Microeconomics (substitutes for ECO 200 in Liberal Studies Core)
- MAT 131 Calculus I (some schools also require Calculus II)
- PHY 207 Physics in Biological Sciences I
- PHY 208 Physics in Biological Sciences II
- SOC/POS/PSY 300 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Medical Terminology (KSU does not currently offer this course)
Additional suggested courses include BIO 408 Cell Biology, and CHE 315/350 Biochemistry/Biochemistry lab
The professional portion of the curriculum leading to a Pharm.D. degree will be completed at an accredited institution which will grant the degree or certificate. Each applicant to pharmacy school is required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge of pre-requisite courses. Many schools also require observation of a practicing pharmacist. Students will apply through a special website, PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service), one year before they desire admission.
Interested students should maintain close contact with the Division’s Pre Health Professions advisors or the chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.