Pharmacy is a profession that is primarily concerned with the formulation and distribution of drugs and medications. Pharmacists provide advice on dosages, interactions, and side effects of drugs, and help instruct patients on safe and correct usage of their medications. Many pharmacists also give information to patients about diet, health, and management of common conditions from poison ivy to diabetes. Most pharmacists work in a retail pharmacy setting or in a healthcare facility such as a hospital, clinic, or long-term care facility. Retail pharmacists may work for a larger chain of drugstores or may start their own independent pharmacy business. Many pharmacists are directly involved in the management and business aspects of their pharmacy practice.
There are areas of specialization within the field of pharmacy, such as intravenous therapy, oncologic pharmacy (cancer drugs), geriatric pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, and psychiatric pharmacy. Specialization is optional. There are also job opportunities with the government, public health organizations, military, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. For pharmacists interested in research and/or teaching, it is possible to do graduate work after pharmacy school and obtain a master’s or even PhD degree.
There are 4 accredited schools of pharmacy in North Carolina:
- Campbell University School of Pharmacy
- UNC Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy
- Wingate University School of Pharmacy
- High Point University
TO SEE ALL of the accredited schools of pharmacy in the US, click here: Pharmacy Schools.
Recommended Core Courses
The following classes are recommended for completion of the basic pre-pharmacy core at UNC Charlotte. The classes are recommended to cover the minimum basic requirements at the majority of pharmacy schools and/or prepare you for the PCAT exam.
|General Biology with labs
|Microbiology with lab
|Some schools will accept BIOL 2259.
|General Chemistry with labs
|Organic Chemistry with labs
|Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs
|Some schools will accept EXER 2168+2169.
|Physics with labs
|PHYS 1101+1102 or 2101+2102
|Some schools will accept MATH 1120, Business Calculus.
|STAT 1220 or 1221 or 1222
|UWRT 1103 or 1104
|Most schools require 6 hrs of English. Some schools will not accept 1103 or 1104 alone to meet the 6 hours. Contact individual pharmacy schools for their current policy on the English prerequisite, or contact Pre-Health Advising.
|Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science
|Schools typically require 1-2 courses in this category. Consult school websites for details.
|History, Philosophy, Arts, Foreign Language, Literature, etc
|Schools typically require 1-2 courses in this category. Consult school websites for details
|ECON 2101 or 2102
|Recommend ECON 2102, Microeconomics
|COMM 1101 or 2107
|Recommend COMM 1101
Each pharmacy school establishes their specific prerequisites, and there is lots of variation school-to-school; always check the websites of the schools that you want to attend.
Currently, there is no active student club for Pre-Pharmacy students.
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
- Information for prospective students
- Links to all accredited US schools of pharmacy
- Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements (PSAR)
- Helpful tables for comparing pharmacy schools
- Many attributes listed
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
- National agency for accreditation of pharmacy schools
- American Pharmacists Association
- great list of pharmacy-related links
- American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
- North Carolina Association of Pharmacists
- North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
- controls licensure of pharmacists in NC
- controls laws/regulations relating to pharmacy practice in NC
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
- Pharmacy Times
- Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
- National Association of Chain Drug Stores
- American College of Apothecaries
- National Community Pharmacists Association
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
- American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
- Healthcare Distribution Management Association
- Board of Pharmacy Specialties
- Boards of Pharmacy (listing of all state boards of pharmacy)
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices
- US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)