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

Pre-Pharmacy Program Concentration Overview

Prepare for pharmacy school with the Pre-Pharmacy program concentration at the University of Mary.

Providing a strong background in biology and the sciences, the Pre-Pharmacy concentration is designed to meet the admission requirements of pharmacy school and help start you toward a career as a pharmacist. This pre-professional program concentration includes 10 courses and can be taken within any major at the University of Mary.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration: Program Highlights

  1. Prepare for pharmacy school

    Meet the requirements for admission into pharmacy school while pursuing your bachelor’s degree at an affordable, private Catholic university.

  2. Get valuable hands-on experience

    Participate in diverse, hands-on educational activities, including research seminars, training, and other experiences that will help prepare you for pharmacy school and beyond.

  3. Learn from highly qualified faculty

    You will be taught by faculty who are leaders in their communities and the region. Faculty in the Pre-Pharmacy program concentration at the University of Mary work closely with students while bringing a real-world perspective to class discussions.

  4. Develop leadership skills and values

    Develop ethical leadership skills that will enrich your personal and professional life in a bachelor’s degree and pre-professional program grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.  

Career outlook for pharmacists

Increasing demand

A recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concludes that there is an increasing demand for pharmacy services that is outpacing the current (and possibly the future) supply of pharmacists.

Median wage

The median annual wage for pharmacists was $116,670 in 2012.

Projected growth

Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022. Demand for pharmaceutical services will continue to increase along with the demand for prescription medications.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Applying for Pharmacy School

Pharmacists must graduate from an accredited pharmacy school and pass a series of examinations to be licensed. Rather than giving preference to any particular major, pharmacy programs tend to focus on overall academic record and work experience when admitting new students.

As you decide upon a professional school, be sure to contact the school to verify that you have completed all of the prerequisite classes for admission, as requirements can vary from program to program. 

Pursue a pre-professional program concentration as you work toward your bachelor’s degree at the University of Mary. In addition to the Pre-Pharmacy concentration, you can also add the following pre-professional concentrations to your undergraduate program:

You can complete your bachelor’s degree program at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. We also offer selected undergraduate programs via convenient online and evening classes.

The Pre-Pharmacy program concentration at the University of Mary requires the following courses:

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

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Admission Requirements