Health Sciences : Pre-Pharmacy


Why study Health Sciences : Pre-Pharmacy?

The University of Cincinnati Health Sciences – Pre-Pharmacy major specifically prepares you for entry into graduate level pharmacy programs. Health Sciences - Pre-pharmacy comprises all undergraduate coursework required for application to any  Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.  

Unlike other pre-pharmacy options, the Health Sciences track option gives you a hands-on undergraduate experience where you can gain direct patient care experiences through service-learning and research opportunities in some of the top health care facilities.  Additionally, you will learn alongside other allied health professions, and develop a strong foundational understanding of the human body through active labs. 

The curriculum both meets and exceeds undergraduate prerequisite requirements for pharmacy school to ensure you are prepared for the rigor of any future professional program. A comprehensive background in the basic sciences combined with applied studies puts you in an excellent position to be a competitive candidate. 

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. All students are encouraged to apply. Please visit High School Student Admissions for more information about first-year student admission requirements.

Early Assurance to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program 

The James L.  Winkle College of Pharmacy Connections program will allow you secure assurance of an interview for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at UC. High school and current UC students are eligible for the program if they meet the requirements. Learn more about the Early Assurance Program.  

Becoming a pharmacist is the most common career goal for students in the Health Sciences – Pre-Pharmacy track.  

Pharmacists practice as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team to improve the lives of patients by optimizing medication-related outcomes.  They receive extensive education in the therapeutic management of disease states using evidence-based guidelines for drug therapy. They counsel patients on the use of prescription and nonprescription medications and are core members of medical teams who provide direct patient care in hospitals, ambulatory clinics, long-term care facilities, and other health-care settings. system and advance scientific innovation.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, although the job outlook for pharmacists is expected to decline in traditional retail pharmacies, opportunities in other areas such as health-systems, ambulatory clinics, and accountable care organizations reflect a shift and expansion in the scope of pharmacy practice and will remain strong. Pharmaceutical manufacturers also employ pharmacists as medical service representatives who provide drug, clinical, and other information to health professions. The current median pay for a pharmacist is $128,710 per year. 

Pharmacists typically work in: 

  • Health-systems and Hospitals 
  • Community and Independently Owned Pharmacies  
  • Ambulatory Clinics 
  • Accountable Care Organizations 
  • Academia 
  • Specialty Pharmacies 
  • Pharmacogenomic Centers 

Pharmacists can specialize and become Board Certified in a variety of areas such as: 

  • General Pharmacotherapy 
  • Ambulatory Care 
  • Oncology 
  • Cardiology 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Geriatrics 
  • Compounding and Sterile Preparations 
  • Infectious Disease 
  • Nuclear Pharmacy 
  • Nutritional Support 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Solid Organ Transplantation 

If you decide not to pursue a pharmacy degree, you will be prepared for a variety of other graduate programs, certifications, and employment opportunities: 

  • Medical school (MD) 
  • Osteopathic medical school (DO) 
  • Physician assistant school (PA-C) 
  • Chiropractic school (DC) 
  • Optometry school (OD) 
  • Dental school (DDS or DMD) 
  • Doctor of Physical therapy programs 
  • Athletic Training programs 
  • Occupational Therapy programs 
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics programs (CO or CP) 
  • Public Health programs (MA, MS, or PhD) 
  • Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics programs (MS or PhD) 
  • Nutrition programs and more. 

If you choose not to pursue a graduate education, the following career opportunities are available to you:   

  • Biomedical researcher 
  • Medical or biomedical equipment representative/sales 
  • Exercise equipment representative/sales 
  • Pharmaceutical product representative/sales 

Graduating students are also eligible to earn professional certification from a variety of organizations.  

Advisors will be there to help you at every step of your academic journey. If you have advising related questions, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Academic Advising.

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are considered transfer students. Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a Transfer Student. 

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your major to one in the College of Allied Health Sciences, please visit Transition Students for more information.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found at Admissions Deadlines.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CAHS Admissions
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-0236

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