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A career in pharmacy is rewarding and exciting. Students interested in working as a pharmacist must earn a Pharm.D. degree (Doctor of Pharmacy). This is the minimum degree one must possess to practice as a pharmacist in the United States.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy program is a 2+4 program. This means that students must first complete the Pre Pharmacy Curriculum and then, if admitted, complete the 4-year Pharm.D. program. The Pre Pharmacy Curriculum can be completed in 2 years, and many students do this. However, it is not required that students complete only two years of college. Some students will need developmental coursework before beginning the college science courses, while other students will choose to earn a Bachelor's degree before beginning the Pharm.D. program. Every prospective student should determine the best course of action depending upon academic strengths and interests. SIUE provides services for students to help them plan strategies for success.

It is important to know that completion of the Pre Pharmacy Curriculum does NOT guarantee acceptance to the Pharm.D. program. The SIUE School of Pharmacy does NOT directly admit students from high school. Each student must apply for admission to the Pharm.D. program one year before they wish to begin the Pharm.D. curriculum.

High School Courses

Visit Opportunities

Pre Pharmacy Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Class Demographics

Helpful Links


High School Courses

  • Students may benefit from taking AP or Dual Enrollment credit in High School. Some of this coursework may meet Pre Pharmacy Curriculum requirements. These courses also help prepare the student for the academic rigor of the Pre Pharmacy Curriculum. In order to determine which dual enrollment courses meet Pre-pharmacy requirements please view the curriculum guides.
  • Try to take preparatory classes in high school such as Chemistry, Biology, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, English, History, Foreign Language, and Computer Programming.

Visit Opportunities

For campus tours and general information about SIUE, contact the Admissions Office at 618-650-3705. If, on the day of your visit, you would also like to talk to a staff member in the School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs, then please call 618-650-5150 to set up an appointment.

Directions
For driving directions to campus, click here.

Maps
To view a campus map, click here. Please note that the School of Pharmacy is #23 on the Building Key. Our address is 200 University Park Drive, Edwardsville, Illinois 62026. For a printable version, click here.


Pre Pharmacy Curriculum

The undergraduate courses listed below are required for students interested in applying to the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

View Pre-Pharmacy curriculum equivalencies between SIUE and other colleges and universities.

Course
General Biology I with lab
General Biology II with lab
Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
General Chemistry I with lab
General Chemistry II with lab
Organic Chemistry I with lab
Organic Chemistry II with lab
Calculus
Physics I with lab
Physics II with lab
English Comp I
English Comp II
Speech Communication Skills
Macro or Microeconomics
Any Philosophy Course
Humanities (e.g. Art, Music, Literature) - no studio or performance
Behavioral/Social Science (e.g. Psychology or Sociology)

For more information, please contact:
SIUE School of Pharmacy
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-2000
Phone: (618) 650-5150
Fax: (618) 650-5152
e-mail: pharmacy@siue.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: For high school students, what is the first step toward admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy?
Take as many mathematics and science courses as you can. Even though the SIUE School of Pharmacy will not look at your high school grades, a good science/math background will prepare you for the many science courses that are included in the pre-pharmacy curriculum. You will spend at least the first two years of college completing courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics as well as completing some general education courses. Check the pre-pharmacy curriculum to see the list of courses you will be required to complete before applying to the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

Q: For college students what is the first step toward admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy?
Begin taking courses toward completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum. If you are taking the pre-pharmacy courses at a college or university other than SIUE, check the web site for course equivalency lists to ensure that the course(s) will meet pre-pharmacy requirements.

Q: Does SIUE admit students directly from high school to the Doctor of Pharmacy program?
No. The SIUE Doctor of Pharmacy degree is based on the 2+4 model. This means that students who are admitted to the School of Pharmacy have already completed at least two years of college coursework.

Q: Do I have to complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at SIUE?
No. You may complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at any regionally accredited college or university. To view pre-pharmacy curriculum equivalencies between SIUE and other colleges and universities, click here.

Q: How do I apply for admission?
Applications for the SIUE School of Pharmacy must be submitted via PharmCAS at http://www.pharmcas.org. Students should begin the application process one year before their intended start date. All applicants must submit the following directly to PharmCAS:

  • PharmCAS application
  • Official copies of all college and university transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • PCAT scores

In addition to the PharmCAS application, the SIUE School of Pharmacy requires that each student submit a supplemental application and non-refundable fee directly to the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

Q: Can I apply to the SIUE School of Pharmacy before I complete all the pre-pharmacy requirements?
Yes. You should begin the application process one year before your intended start date.

When you complete your PharmCAS application you will be required to list all completed courses, all courses in which you are currently enrolled, and all courses that you plan to take prior to beginning the Pharm.D. program. Remember, pre-pharmacy courses must be completed with a "C" or better before beginning the program and in order to be considered for admission to the professional program, the minimum cumulative, pre-pharmacy, and pre-pharmacy science and mathematics grade point averages are 2.75.

Applications for admissions are evaluated based upon grades earned through the fall semester proceeding the term for which you are applying. You cannot use the spring term to repeat grades earned through the fall semester proceeding the term for which they are applying. So, if you earn a "D" or "F" in a pre-pharmacy course in the fall of 2012 you will be denied admission for the fall of 2013. Students will be required to have completed all pre-pharmacy courses in the spring term proceeding the intended start date. For example, students applying to enter the SOP in the fall of 2013 must complete all pre-pharmacy courses in the spring of 2013.

Q. Can I declare my major as Pre Pharmacy?
Since you cannot earn a Bachelor's degree in Pre Pharmacy, you cannot major in Pre Pharmacy. Students may remain undeclared or declare a major in a department they would like to earn a degree in should they not pursue a degree in Pharmacy.

Q. If I earn less than a grade of "C" in a pre-pharmacy course, may I repeat the course? Yes. However, students who have a total of five or more repeated courses within the pre-pharmacy curriculum will not be considered for admission to the program.

If a student has repeated a course (taken the same course multiple times), the repeat is averaged for the cumulative GPA calculation. If a student has repeated a pre pharmacy course, the most recent attempt is used to calculate the pre pharmacy and pre pharmacy math and science GPA. Remember that students who have a total of five or more repeated courses within the pre-pharmacy curriculum will not be considered for admission to the program.

Q: Where can I get information about the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)?
You may call 1-800-622-3231 or visit the PCAT testing website at www.PCATweb.info. If you plan to apply to the SIUE School of Pharmacy for fall 2013 then you must take the PCAT no later than September of 2012. Send PCAT score to PharmCAS. Do not send scores to SIUE.

Q: Can I take the PCAT at SIUE?
No. The PCAT is administered only at Pearson VUE Test Centers and will be administered in July, September, and January (the January test date is too late to meet the SIUE School of Pharmacy application deadline for fall, 2012). Register early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registering for the PCAT is a two step process. First, go to www.PCATweb.info to register for the test. Be sure to carefully read all directions that are provided to you. Within 24 hours after you register for the PCAT you will receive an email notice with information about accessing your registration confirmation and how to schedule your seat to take the PCAT at a Pearson VUE Test Center. The deadlines for applying to the SIUE School of Pharmacy are firm. Failure to meet any deadline established by PCAT or PharmCAS means that you will not be admitted to the School for the fall of 2013.

Q: Are residents of Illinois given preference during the admissions process?
Yes. Because we are a state supported institution, we give strong preference to residents of Illinois.

Q: How many students will be admitted to the SIUE School of Pharmacy professional program?
Seventy-five to eighty students will be admitted each fall semester. We expect that this number will remain stable.

Q: How long has SIUE offered its SIUE School of Pharmacy professional program?
The first class was admitted for the fall semester 2005.

Q: How long is the program?
Once a student is admitted into the professional program, and provided he or she maintains good academic standing, the program requires completion of 4 years of full-time enrollment. Courses will be offered during the day only and will not be available to students on a part-time basis.

Q: What type of degree will I receive?
SIUE School of Pharmacy graduates will earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Q: What happens if I am not admitted to the SIUE School of Pharmacy the first time I apply; may I re-apply for the next year?
Yes.

Q: What is the cost of the SIUE School of Pharmacy program?
View current tuition and fees.


Class Demographics

School of Pharmacy
Classes of 2010 through 2015

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total Students

80

82

82

83

83

80

83

Illinois

66

72

71

79

79

73

79

Southern Illinois

42

40

32

46

52

58

52

Central Illinois

14

24

24

29

18

10

18

Chicago Area

10

8

15

4

9

5

9

Other

14

10

11

4

4

7

4

Academic Averages
Cumulative GPA

3.61

3.61

3.63

3.65

3.54

3.65

3.54

Pre-Pharmacy GPA

3.65

3.63

3.69

3.69

3.60

3.68

3.60

Science/Math GPA

3.61

3.58

3.63

3.65

3.53

3.61

3.53

PCAT Score

73.19

75

75

68

64

61.5

64


Helpful Links

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

American Pharmacists Association

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

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