Apr 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


A pharmacist is a graduate of a college of pharmacy and has a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) after a minimum of 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.

The pre-pharmacy curriculum 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 for 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 (http://www.aacp.org); Academic & Career Planning Center, 605-658-3600; Health Professions Advisors, 605-658-6334 or by visiting the following web site: http://www.usd.edu/admissions.

Brittany Schultz
Health Sciences/Pre-Professional Advisor 
ID Weeks Library 101A

Amy Nelson
Health Sciences Major 
Program Director
Julian Hall 217



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



Human Anatomy/Physiology



Note: 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.