If you want to become a pharmacist, Ozarks can help you make your goal a reality.

First, pre-pharmacy, like all of our pre-professional programs, isn’t actually a major at U of O; it is a focus of study. This means you will become specifically trained in a discipline, usually biology or chemistry, while also benefiting from the broad training of the liberal arts.

In our pre-pharmacy program, you’ll take a sequence of classes that have been proven to get you ready for that all-important Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and prepare you for pharmacy school. But it’s not just the classes that help you prepare…by working closly with your Pre-Pharmacy program advisor, you’ll get a chance to do your own research if you want. You will also participate in hands-on experiential education, including shadowing pharmacists in the community to help you understand what it’s really like being a pharmacist…And that can give you a definite advantage when you start the Pharmacy School application process!

A hallmark of an Ozarks education is the opportunity to learn from and interact with faculty. Because you’ll be a part of a relatively small number of pre-pharmacy students, our faculty members will not only be your teachers, they’ll be your mentors.

Our pre-pharmacy program is challenging, but it’s worth the effort. Our graduates tell that story better than anyone. Debbie is a retail pharmacist in Alabama. Lindsey and Victoria are both faculty members at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. And, Alissa is a pharmacist at a hospital in Fort Smith. As a pre-pharmacy graduate from U of O, you could also have a future in nursing, physical therapy, graduate school, biomedical research and education.

“Part of what I think Ozarks does best [is] mentoring students beyond teaching them in the classroom. It gives our students an advantage when they leave here. Larger universities cannot do this to the level we can and other colleges do not offer it in the way we do.” – Sean Coleman, Professor of Biology


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