Why Study Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-pharmacy is an academic preparation for individuals who wish to
study pharmacy at one of the 72 accredited schools of pharmacy in the
United States. Most pre-pharmacy students are science majors (biology or
chemistry), but a pre-pharmacy student can major in almost any
discipline provided the required science courses are completed in order
to be competitive when applying to schools of pharmacy.
Why Study Pre-Pharmacy at Ship
Science classes are small at Shippensburg University, usually having
no more than 16 students per laboratory section. Seasoned professors,
not graduate students, teach lectures and labs. State-of-the-art
laboratory equipment is available to students, giving them hands-on
experience with current techniques.
Shippensburg students receive careful, personal advisement, which
includes appropriate course selection and monitoring of their progress.
Pre-pharmacy advisors attend conferences where they meet colleagues from
other universities and share ideas. This ensures Ship health science
students receive accurate, current, and comprehensive information.
You are expected to complete general education courses, including
humanities, social sciences and courses emphasizing communications such
as English composition and speech. Course prerequisites vary among
pharmacy programs; therefore, pre-pharmacy students early in their first
semester at Shippensburg are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from a
pre-pharmacy advisor and to examine the book, Pharmacy Schools Admissions Requirements, which is located in the Health Sciences Office.
Faculty-directed undergraduate research
is highly encouraged at Shippensburg. Each year, between 6 and 12
undergraduate science students present results of their research at
regional, state or national conferences.
Pre-pharmacy students are also encouraged to participate in an
internship experience in a pharmacy setting in order to become
acquainted with the field prior to making formal application to selected
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Shippensburg pre-pharmacy students have done exceptionally well in
their applications to pharmacy schools. Within the last decade, all
qualified students who have applied to pharmacy programs have received
acceptance. Some of the programs to which students have matriculated
- Northeastern University
- Shenandoah University
- Temple University
- University of Maryland
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Sciences in Philadelphia
- West Virginia University
- Wilkes University
Successful completion of these programs can lead to rewarding careers in Pharmacy, including:
- Pharmacy technician
- Staff pharmacist
- Consumer safety office
- Clinical pharmacist
Pharmacy salaries in PA range from $21,000 - $88,000.