Since 1955, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy has been training pharmacists who are problem-solvers, innovators and leaders. The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program gives first-time freshmen the opportunity to complete their undergraduate requirements in the same environment as their doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) studies. Our pre-pharmacy program lays a strong foundation, setting you up for success as you pursue a career in pharmacy.

 

Pharmacy student in classroom

Guaranteed PharmD admission

Pacific offers three freshman admission pathways for completing the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program. Each pathway requires a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 2.7 GPA in specific math and science courses, in addition to submission of an advancement application, an interview and a writing sample. Completion of these requirements guarantees admission into our PharmD program.

Access to faculty and current students

Our Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program brings current PharmD and pre-pharmacy students together. You will have access to opportunities, resources and support systems throughout your time at Pacific.

Pathways

Earn your PharmD in as few as five years. Based on academic standings, you will be placed in one of three pathways, completing your PharmD in five, six or seven years.

Five-year (2+3)

Two years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional PharmD program.

Six-year (3+3)

Three years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional PharmD program.

Seven-year (4+3)

Four years of undergraduate study, earning a bachelor's degree, followed by three years of study in the professional PharmD program.

Student success is a top priority at Pacific

Our pre-pharmacy curriculum and academic requirements are focused on helping you become a highly-skilled, patient-centered pharmacist. Starting the first semester, you will be assigned a pharmacy faculty member as your academic advisor. They will help you navigate your course load, plan each academic semester and support you every step of the way.

Plenty of opportunities to get involved

Choose from over 150 student organizations. Enjoy some friendly competition by joining an intramural or club team. Rush a fraternity or sorority. We are proud to have two chapters of pharmacy honor societies and four professional pharmacy fraternities.

Pharmacy Orientation Course

The Pharmacy Orientation course, known as PharmO, provides pre-pharmacy freshmen a glimpse into a PharmD education. Students learn basic pharmaceutical calculations and practice skills such as sterile compounding, aseptic technique and prescription interpretation and filling. They also hear from guest speakers who discuss the various pharmacy career specialties.

Curriculum Vitae Workshop

The workshop focuses on helping students create a curriculum vitae tailored to their career aspirations.

Pharmacy Residency Panel

Recent Pacific PharmD graduates who are currently completing residencies are invited to campus to share their experiences and advice on how to pursue postgraduate training opportunities.

Pre-Pharmacy Society

The student-run Pre-Pharmacy Society hosts pharmacy guest speaker events, advancement panels with former pre-pharmacy students, PharmD program mock interviews, mentor-mentee mixers and other networking opportunities.

The Office of Pre-Pharmacy also hosts social events throughout the year to build relationships between students, faculty and staff.

Pre-pharmacy students painting pumpkins
Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program
Contact Us

209.946.2563
prepharmacy@pacific.edu

Marcus C. Ravnan, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP
Professor, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
prepharmacy@pacific.edu

Kim Eayrs
Coordinator
keayrs@pacific.edu

Erica Betz
Career Development
eruiz@pacific.edu

“Having a faculty advisor who currently teaches at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy is a great asset in working through my undergrad years and making sure I’m prepared for that next step in my education. I’ve received a lot of helpful advice, all of which has helped me in learning how to more effectively plan ahead, whether it be figuring out my classes for the next semester or the steps I should be taking now to prepare for my future career.”

- Olivia Laprade, pre-pharmacy student

All applicants are encouraged, and admitted students are required, to carefully read and agree to the PharmD Technical Standards. It is also highly recommended that all applicants review the California State Board of Pharmacy licensure requirements.

Undergraduate transfer students: There is no formal “pre-pharmacy advantage” available to a student who transfers to Pacific. We have excellent undergraduate programs to which transfers are welcome to apply, but once here, these students will compete with those applying from other institutions for space in the PharmD program.