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Pharmacists compound and dispense prescriptions, counsel patients, help physicians plan appropriate drug therapies, and sometimes participate in the manufacture and testing of medicines.

The education requirements for becoming a pharmacist have changed significantly. Previously, most pharmacists received licensure after earning a bachelors degree (typically a five-year program of study). The trend today is toward the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which usually requires six to seven years of study.

There are eighty colleges or schools of pharmacy in the continental United States. All 80 currently offer a Pharm.D. program. Only twelve schools still offer a bachelors degree in pharmacy. 61 schools offer a post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. program for persons who already have a B.Pharm. degree.

There are six pharmacy schools in MVNU's educational region (see links below). All six offer a Pharm.D.; at UK, OSU and WVU, Pharm.D. is the only pharmacy professional degree available.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers the science and liberal arts classes that are typically required by pharmacy schools during the pre-professional years (see below). Any student who intends to transfer to a college of pharmacy should obtain information from that school before selecting courses at MVNU.


  • General Zoology with laboratory
  • At least three additional courses chosen from Botany, Invertebrate Zoology, Genetics, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Microbiology (consult the pharmacy school before selecting courses).


  • General Chemistry I and II with laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with laboratory
  • Quantitative Chemistry is required by some schools


  • Precalculus Mathematics
  • Calculus I, II, III are required by most pharmacy schools


  • General Physics I and II

Liberal Arts

  • Expository Writing and Research Writing
  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Most pharmacy schools require Economics or Accounting

Pharmacy Schools near MVNU

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