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Prepare for Pharmacy Program Admission

Please note: Cal Poly Pomona does not offer any Pharmacy program. The program is listed here merely for the purpose of providing general information about this program to interested CPP students.


Pharmacists (PharmD) are health care professionals who dispense medications prescribed by physicians. They also counsel patients on proper drug use. Pharmacists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, retail businesses, long-term care facilities, internet pharmacies, and public health services.

Minimum Pre-requisites for Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is recommended

  • Each program has its own prerequisites. Check specific school for detail prerequisites. To plan for your class schedule, please visit our "Class Schedule and Action Timeline" page for details.

  • General Course prerequisites include the following:

    • 1 year of English (Composition)
    • 1 year of General (inorganic) Chemistry with Laboratory 
    • 1 year of Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 
    • 1 year of Biochemistry 
    • 1 year of General Biology with Laboratory 
    • 1 year of Physics with Laboratory 
    • Calculus
    • Two speech courses

  • Other common requirements include (but are not limited to):

    • Internship and research
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology ( no plant or cell anatomy and physiology)
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Social sciences (Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology)
    • Humanities (History, Philosophy)
    • Additional Communication courses (Any additional communication, public speaking or debate courses)
    • Ethnic studies
    • Computer Literacy

  • Consider joining CPP Pre-Pharmacy Society student club

Tests Needed: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

October or February, required by most schools


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
426 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2841.

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