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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


A pharmacist is a graduate of a college of pharmacy and has obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) after 6 years of study. This independent healthcare professional dispenses medication prescribed by the appropriate healthcare provider (physician, physician assistant) in a variety of settings including community retail, hospital, or by internet online. The pharmacist plays a consultative role with other healthcare providers and informs patients about medications, their uses, possible adverse reactions, and possible drug interactions. In addition the pharmacist may make recommendations about non-prescription drugs, home medical equipment, and other health care supplies.

A pharmacist is a graduate of a college of pharmacy and has obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) after 6 years of study.

The pre-pharmacy curriculum is generally two years and includes coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, mathematics, and statistics as well as English, humanities, and social science disciplines. The pre-pharmacy student should contact the individual college of Pharmacy about requirements specific to that college. The student should consult with an advisor to help plan a course of study that complies with the requirements for admission to the college of Pharmacy of the student’s choice. Some colleges of Pharmacy require the applicant to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).

For more information about Pharmacy contact: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (; Academic & Career Planning Center, 677-5381; Health Professions Advisors, 605-658-6326 or 658-6334 or by visiting the following web site:

John Dudley
College of Arts & Sciences/Associate Dean for Academics
Arts & Sciences 110

Travis Ahlers, BSEd
Health Sciences/Pre-Professional Advisor
Lee Medical Room 221

Audrey Ticknor, RDH, MA
Health Sciences Major Advisor/Instructor
Pre-Professional Advisor
Lee Medical Room 207
605.658.6326 Office
605.677.6745 Fax

A typical course of study for a pre-pharmacy student at USD may be constructed as below:



Human Anatomy/Physiology



ECON 202 is preferred.

Introduction to Pharmacy

Often available after acceptance into Pharmacy program.


Some schools may require additional courses in Wellness/ Physical Education; Computer Science. Many schools require shadowing hours for application.