Programs & Requirements Pharm

Programs & Requirements


Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD

The PharmD degree is a professional degree after 4 years of successful completion of pharmacy school. Some students may complete an additional 1-3 years of specialization through a residency or fellowship.  Not all schools require a Bachelor's degree, however all have a minimum number of credit hours, or at least 2 years of college, to accomplish before being accepted.  A license to practice pharmacy is required in all 50 states. To obtain a license, you must successfully complete an accredited PharmD program and pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

A PharmD degree can also lead to further development and studies in pharmaceutical care, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical health policy and management.

Doctorate (PhD) or Master's (MS) in Pharmacy

The PhD degree is ideal for someone who wants to work as a pharmaceutical scientist dealing with basic or clinical research. A Master of Science in Pharmacy would prepare someone for leadership positions in health care. The M.S. and PhD in Pharmacy are academic research degrees, and do not qualify the recipient to be a pharmacy practitioner.

Some programs and schools allow you to obtain dual degress, for example a PharmD/PhD or PharmD/MS.

Schools in Alabama

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy - PharmD - Auburn, AL

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Samford University - PharmD - Birmingham, AL

Course & GPA Requirements with a Bachelor's

If you apply to Pharmacy School with having a Bachelor's by the time you would start your pharmacy program, they will waive specificities in certain coursework, like specific histories, literature, etc. except:

Auburn and Samford require:

  • Auburn requires the below courses and Ethics (you can take PHL 102 or PHL 315)
  • Samford requires the below courses and Speech

Most schools have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, but to be a competitive student, a 3.5+ cumulative GPA is recommended.

The combination of the courses below will meet both requirements for Auburn and Samford.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

All schools in AL look for these classes:

Hrs Needed  Course Needed  What to Take at UAH  Extra
8 hrs (w/lab) General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs (w/lab) General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126 
8 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry CH 331/335 & CH 332/336 
4 hrs Physics I PH (101) or (111/114)
4 hrs Calculus MA 171
3 hrs Statistics MA 281/ST 281 or PY 300
8 hrs Anatomy & Physiology I and II  BYS 313 & 314
4 hrs Genetics BYS 219
3 hrs General Microbiology I BYS 321
3 hrs General Biochemistry I BYS 301 or BYS 361
4 hrs Immunology BYS 430
3 hrs Ethics PHL 102 or PHL 315 Required by Auburn
3 hrs Speech CM 113 Required by Samford

Courses that Enhance Applications:

Course Needed What to Take at UAH
Psyc or Soc Class PY 101 or SOC 100
Cal-Based Physics PH 111/114



There is a lot more you can do to make your application stand out.

Course & GPA Requirements without a Bachelor's

If you apply to Pharmacy School without having a Bachelor's by the time you would start your pharmacy program, you must have other coursework, like specific histories, literature, etc. Refer to the specific schools for the explicit coursework required.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Auburn and Samford. Please keep in mind this is a guideline and specific requirements differ greatly amongst various schools across the country.