Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Pre-Professional Concentration in Pharmacy Overview

Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medicine (M.D. and D.O.) and other health-related professions (e.g., chiropractic, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry or veterinary medicine) gain a strong background in the sciences and liberal arts at the University of Mary. Students are provided opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to participate in experiences that will enhance their pre-professional preparation. Examples include participation in the many leadership, learning, and service activities available through membership in the Math/Science Association and other service organizations.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration program highlights

The Pre-Pharmacy concentration is a concentration within any major, and requires the completion of ten courses (BIO 103, 106, 311; CHE 111, 112, 217, 318; MAT 103 (or higher); PHY 203, 304). When these courses have been completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, the student will receive a notation of the appropriate pre-health care concentration on his/her transcript (options include Pre-Med, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Vet).

Research seminars, panel discussions, and practice interviews are made available to students. In addition, some upper level courses require independent research projects and students may pursue independent study research projects in conjunction with area research institutions.

Career outlook for Pre-Pharmacy Concentration Students

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Pharmacists). Because professional schools' entrance requirements vary widely, students are urged to contact the professional school they wish to attend to assure that they have taken all of the prerequisite classes to meet program requirements. 

Concentration in Pre-Health Care Areas: BIO 103, 106, 311; CHE 111, 112, 217, 318; MAT 103 (or higher); PHY 203, 304. These courses are strongly recommended: BIO 207, 208; CHE 310; ENG 302.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.