Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 at Shoreline.
A typical next step would be to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year school, then apply for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs. Most Pharmacy programs do not require a Bachelor degree, however, very few students are selected for admission without one.
What courses should I take?
This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.
General Education - 18-20 Credits
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Humanities and Social Sciences - 15 Credits
Select one course from the Humanities course list, one course from the Social Sciences course list, and a third course from either list.
Pre-Major Requirements - 29.5 Credits
MATH& 152 is not a required pre-requisite for Pharmacy. Students who choose not to take the extra math courses can graduate with an Associate in Arts-Individualized Plan (AA-IP) and still be prepared for a pharmacy program.
Pre-Major Requirements - 15-21 Credits
Electives are not required for the AS-T degree.
Most Pharmacy programs require Microbiology and Biochemistry. Many require additional science courses; this varies by school. Some pharmacy schools also require a year of physics. Students may take these additional classes after they transfer to a university.
Biology: BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260
Chemistr: CHEM 255, CHEM 256
Where can I transfer for a Bachelor’s degree?
The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing within a four-year Bachelor’s degree program (please see the AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide for a list of schools). The courses recommended to prepare for a Pharmacy program align well with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology; however, a science-related major is not required to apply to most Pharmacy programs.
More information about programs in Pharmacy
Pharmacy programs typically require four years of study after entrance, culminating in a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The University of Washington and Washington State University each admit 80-94 students per year in their Pharmacy programs. Admission is competitive. Although Pharmacy programs in Washington state do not require completion of a Bachelor’s degree before entrance, more than 75% of applicants have one. The application process takes a full year and requires taking the PCAT test, health care experience (volunteer or paid), and letters of recommendation. For more information, consult the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy: www.aacp.org/
University of Washington-Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharm.D.
In addition to the general math and science courses, the UW requires biochemistry, CHEM 255 and CHEM 256. 10 credits each in Humanities and Social Sciences are required of which 5 credits needs to be CMST& 210 or CMST& 220 for Humanities and ECON& 201 is required for a Social Science. www.pharmacy.washington.edu/students
Students who choose to pursue their bachelor’s degree at the UW must meet the high school admission requirements. The UW requires two years of the same world language in high school or two quarters in college for admissions. In addition, UW-Seattle requires the third year in high school or the third quarter of a language in college with a 2.0 to graduate. Non-native speakers of English are exempt from world language requirements.
Washington State University-Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. in Spokane and Yakima.
In addition to the AS degree math and sciences, WSU requires BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260, CHEM 255, CHEM 256, PSYC& 100, PHIL 102, and ECON& 201. Students applying without a Bachelor degree may have additional general education requirements.
Students who choose to pursue their Bachelor’s degree at WSU before entering Pharmacy will need two years of a world language in high school or three quarters or two semesters in college to graduate from WSU.