Pharmacy is the art and science of dispensing drugs and educating patients about medications and their use. In addition, pharmacists advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications.
To prepare for a career in pharmacy, a student must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree at a professional college of pharmacy.
For additional information, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy enrolls over 600 students. The college offers the Pharm. D. degree and requires all students to complete the equivalent of two years of pre-pharmacy study in a college or university before entering the program. Students with a 2.50 grade point average or better may apply and, once accepted, spend an additional four years completing the program. The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required for admission.
The Chicago College of Pharmacy, which opened in 1991, is a part of Midwestern University. Enrollment at CCP is almost 400 students. CCP offers a four-year program leading to the Pharm. D. degree. All entering students must have completed the equivalent of two years of pre-pharmacy study in a college or university. Students with a 2.50 GPA or better may apply. The PCAT is required.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is a private, independent college which enrolls 800 students. The college recruits most of its students directly from high school. SLCP offers a six-year program leading to the Pharm. D. degree. Students may also apply to transfer to SLCP after one or two years of pre-pharmacy studies at a college or university. If accepted, they will complete the remaining four or five years of the program at SLCP. The PCAT is recommended for prospective transfer students.
Other regional universities with pharmacy programs include: Purdue University and Butler University (both in Indiana), Drake University (Iowa), University of Iowa, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.