Pre-Pharmacy Post-Baccalaureate Program

Students in class

Program Description 

Pharmacy is a dynamic field well-suited for students interested in a career that uses a strong science background to work in a variety of settings within health care. Pharmacists have a variety of options for working in settings such as hospitals and retail entities, as well as emergency rooms and among many other locations. Specialization is possible for pharmacists in areas such as emergency, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry and informatics, to name a few. Pharmacy is constantly growing and changing as a field and is appropriate for students interested in using their science degree to serve patients and their communities.

Learning Outcomes 

Pre-pharmacy students will work closely with Pre-Health advisors to navigate the prerequisites and admission processes of the pharmacy schools of interest. Pre-pharmacy students will typically major in science, though it is not a requirement. Students will work on gaining the experience they need through volunteering, shadowing and finding employment as a pharmacy technician, as well as other relevant experiences to help prepare them for their chosen field. There are no set prerequisites for pharmacy schools, so advisors work closely with students to plan schedules to accommodate the different requirements. 

At Rockhurst, the strong alumni medical network provides interested students with access to alumni in pharmacy school, residency and in their early career to provide first-hand knowledge of the process of admission, as well as the challenges and rewards of the pharmacy programs and careers in pharmacy. Rockhurst provides an active network for pre-pharmacy students and regularly invite alumni and admissions representatives to our Kansas City, Missouri, campus to help provide information about the acceptance process. 

Rockhurst is part of the Jesuit Partners Admissions Pathway, which allows students to waive the PCAT and provides funding to attend interview days at Regis University School of Pharmacy and Creighton University School of Pharmacy.

Course Map 

Pre-pharmacy students work with their Pre-Health advisors to develop a course plan for the students that prepares them for the pharmacy schools of their choice.
 

Typical prerequisite courses for the pre-pharmacy post-bacc program include:

  • General Biology I and II (8 hours)
  • General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Physics for the Life Sciences (4 hours)
  • Cell Biology (4 hours)
  • Microbiology (4 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • Calculus I (4 hours)
  • Psychology (3 hours)
  • English Composition (6 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)

Please note that every pharmacy school has its own pre-requisites. The list above is not representative of every pharmacy school. 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 

Experiences 

  • Jesuit Partners Admissions Pathway for pharmacy
  • Alumni medical networks in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, and Omaha, Nebraska, to facilitate shadowing
  • Active Pre-Health Blackboard page to consistently communicate research, volunteer and shadowing opportunities
  • Annual meetings with local and regional admissions representatives from health professional programs
  • Class sizes all under 48 and taught by full-time faculty
  • Open-door access to professors
  • Personalized advising
  • Free tutoring and supplemental instruction
  • Kaplan Institutional Partnership with half-price MCAT, DAT, PCAT and GRE courses
  • 77% placement rate for students into health care professional programs in the past five years

Outcomes 

Pre-Pharmacy Student Feedback

“My Rockhurst education taught me to manage my time, solve problems and succeed to the highest degree. My classes were well-taught, advisors were attentive and knowledgeable and the Rockhurst community was unbelievably supportive. Rockhurst provided me with a solid foundation to build my pharmacy career upon, and is a place where leaders not only learn but where they also thrive.”

– Haley Bettlach
B.S. Biochemistry 2015, Pharm. D. 2019
Pharmacy Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri