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Pre-Pharmacy

To prepare for the professional pharmacy curriculum, you must complete a pre-pharmacy curriculum that emphasizes the biological and chemical sciences. You’ll also take a variety of courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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years of educating pharmacists

Overview

What is Pre-Pharmacy at WVU like?

Description

The PharmD program at WVU is classified as a "2+4" program — meaning students need a minimum of two years of undergraduate prerequisites prior to starting the professional curriculum.

High-achieving, first-time freshmen have the opportunity to participate in the School's Direct Admit Pathway (DAP). The DAP program offers early assurance and prepares students for the PharmD admissions process.

Students who do not qualify for DAP should complete the courses listed in the PharmD plan of study.

Students will enter a competitive application process in the year before entering the four-year professional curriculum including completing a PharmCAS application, taking the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and going through the interview process.

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Pre-Pharmacy at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Upon entering the PharmD program, students will have an opportunity to join several professional programs, including:

  • Kappa Psi
  • Lamda Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Lamda Sigma
  • Rho Chi
  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

Student Organizations

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Pre-Pharmacy major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Pre-Pharmacy at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Pre-Pharmacy major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

CHEM 233:
Organic Chemistry

Basic principles of organic chemistry. Modern structural concepts, the effect of structure on physical and chemical properties, reactions and their mechanisms and application to syntheses. (3 hr. lec.) (Students may not receive credit for CHEM 233, CHEM 234, and for CHEM 231.)

CHEM 235:
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

PR or CONC: CHEM 233. Fundamental organic reactions and the preparation of organic compounds. (3 hr. lab.)

MICB 200:
Medical Microbiology

Provides basic background in medical microbiology. Emphasis is on basic structure of all microorganism groups including bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and helminths; epidemiology, immunology, and infectious disease.

PSIO 241:
Elementary Physiology

(For undergraduate students in paramedical sciences and nursing students on regional campuses.) Systematic presentation of basic concepts.

Cost and Aid

How much does Pre-Pharmacy at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $398
Per Semester $4,776
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,552
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,069
Per Semester $12,828
Fall and Spring Semesters $25,656
International
Per Credit $1,069
Per Semester $13,128
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,256
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Pre-Pharmacy at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet the following admission requirement for the 2019-20 academic year:

Direct admission to the Pre-Pharmacy program:
  • GPA: 3.50
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 1240
  • SAT Math: 610

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University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Pre-Pharmacy major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

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