Calvin's pre-professional programs will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in red blood cells, retinas or retainers, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.
A pharmacist plays a vital role in the health care deployment team. Their responsibilities range from dispensing medications to monitoring a patient's health and progress. Calvin's pre-pharmacy program will prepare you for graduate school by giving you a background in science and mathematics within the context of a strong liberal arts core. As a pre-pharmacy student, you will typically complete two or three years at Calvin before transferring to a college of pharmacy. Some pharmacy schools prefer that students complete a four-year bachelor's degree before enrolling in a PharmD program. If that is the case, you are strongly encouraged to consider a major in biology or biochemistry. Your pre-pharmacy advisor, John Ubels, will assist you in planning a pre-pharmacy curriculum and preparing for the Pharmacy College Admission Test.
Careers in Pre-Pharmacy
- Clinical Pharmacist
- Nuclear Pharmacist
- Geriatric Pharmacist
- Public Health Official
See job placement rates for Calvin grads.
Volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments; spend the summer assisting a professor with research; intern at Van Andel Institute; work in the West Michigan Regional Lab on campus; study abroad in Amsterdam, Honduras, or Belize.
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Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Pre-Pharmacy as a:
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Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.