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Belmont University Graduate Catalog 2016-17

Academic Pre-requisites

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements(at undergraduate level)

The pre-pharmacy curriculum is similar to other health care professional preparation and is intended to give the student the best possible background to pharmacy. Pre-pharmacy requirements may be taken at any regionally-accredited college or university and must be completed prior to matriculation into Belmont University College of Pharmacy. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better or credited by receiving Advanced Placement (AP) high school credit. Possible exemptions will be decided by theCollege's Admission Committee.

Pre-pharmacy course requirements necessitate at least two years of full-time academic study. Students applying for admission to the Pharm. D. program must have completed at a minimum the following undergraduate course requirements.

Prerequisite Course Requirements for for PharmD Program Hours
Hours required for all applicants 33
Biology (with labs) (Example: Botany, Zoology, Genetics) 8
General (inorganic) Chemistry (with lab): Two courses 8
Organic Chemistry (with lab): Two courses 8
Physics (no lab required): One course 3
Calculus 3
Statistics 3
Additional Hours Required for Applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree* 30
Writing: Two courses 6
Communication Skills: Two courses (may include additional writing courses) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Two courses 6
Humanities (including Literature) 3
Electives 9
Total 63

*Bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

These prerequisites are based on semester hours. Courses taken in quarter-based systems will be calculated at semester hour equivalents. In cases where quarter hours fall below the semester hours indicated, the school reserves the right to require additional coursework in the topic area to meet the minimum stated prerequisites.