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High School Student Information

What is Professional Pharmacy? 

There are two things that a potential pharmacy student must have: a love of math and science and good communication skills. Today's pharmacists are practicing in many different areas including: clinical pharmacy, community, ambulatory care, nuclear pharmacy, and a diverse range of specialities and fields directly and indirectly involving improving patient outcomes. Pharmacists are working hand in hand with physicians and other healthcare professionals in an effort to manage patients’ medications, counsel patients concerning their medication, and manage patients’ disease states.

Earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) is a minimum six-year process, which consists of 2 to 4 years of prerequisite coursework and 4 years of coursework and externship within the Pharm.D. program.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy, your first step is to complete the Pharm.D. prerequisites at UH or another institution. For information about enrolling at UH as a freshman or transferring to UH as an undergraduate student, visit the UH Office of Admissions to learn about the application and admissions process. Undergraduate transfer students also are encouraged to review the Course Equivalency Guides page for information about transferring prerquisite coursework to UH from other institutions. 

We recommend that students apply during the fall semester of their senior year, as university scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may choose to complete their Pharm.D. prerequisite courses at the University of Houston or at another university or community college.

Preparation

To prepare oneself for college and later for the UH Pharm.D. program, it is extremely important that high school students do the following:

Take all of the math and science classes you can, including physics and calculus

Join a science/health professions club

Talk to a counselor about college requirements

Visit with a pharmacist

Develop good study skills

Visit college/university campuses—Come to Cougar Preview or schedule a visit!