Join a profession that seeks to improve patients' quality of life with minimal risk. To be successful in this field, you should enjoy interacting with people and have a strong aptitude for the sciences.

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 school 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 will assist you in planning a pre-pharmacy curriculum and preparing for the PCAT.

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This program is part of a family of health science programs, many of which share a common course foundation. To learn about other options in the health sciences, see the Health Sciences page.

Student involvement

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.

Course Requirements


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