Professional School Programs

Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD

After graduating from UAH, a PharmD degree can be completed after 4 years of pharmacy school. A PharmD degree can also lead to further development and studies in pharmaceutical care, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical health policy and management.

Doctorate (PhD)

The PhD degree is ideal for someone who wants to work as a pharmaceutical scientist dealing with basic or clinical research.

Some programs and schools offer dual degrees (PharmD/PhD or PharmD/MS).

Various Schools in Alabama


Recommended Course & GPA Requirements with a Bachelor's Degree

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

At UAH, we can help you become a competitive applicant for your future professional school. To do so, a 3.5+ cumulative GPA is recommended.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

Schools look for these classes:

Hours NeededCourse NeededWhat to Take at UAH
8 hrs (w/lab) General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs (w/lab) General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126
4 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry I CH 331/335 
8 hrs (w/lab) Physics I PH 101 & 102 
4 hrs Calculus MA 171
3 hrs Statistics MA 281 or PY 300
8 hrs Anatomy & Physiology I and II BYS 215 & 216 or 313 & 314
3 hrs General Microbiology  BYS 321
3 hrs General Biochemistry  BYS 301 or BYS 361
9 hrs Liberal Arts Choices Below
3 hrs Speech CM 113

Courses that Enhance Applications:

Course NeededWhat to Take at UAH
Organic Chemistry II CH 332/336
Psyc or Soc Class PY 101 or SOC 100
Physics w/Calculus PH 111/114

Course & GPA Requirements without a Bachelor's Degree

Applying to Pharmacy School without having a Bachelor's Degree requires specific coursework and detailed planning. Refer to your Pre-Health Advisor for guidance.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines, and specific requirements may differ among schools.

Entrance Exam

PCAT

The PCAT tests the following areas:

  • Verbal ability
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Reading comprehension
  • Quantitative ability
  • Writing

Testing Dates

The PCAT is not offered often, so be prepared and organized to register for this exam.

Preparation

Practice tests allow for analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Take an official practice PCAT test. Practice tests grant an understanding of the test and how to improve one's skills.

Many programs begin to fill their class as soon as their application cycle opens. It becomes crucial to apply early.

Tip: Be sure to review the average PCAT scores of the pharmacy schools of your interest.


Outside Class Experiences

It's More Than Just Grades

Pharmacy
U.S. Navy

Health Care Experiences

What better way to make sure you want to be in healthcare than by shadowing? Shadowing will go a long way in not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared.

Gaining a job as a pharmacy technician provides added benefits to a pharmacy application.

Community Service

Working in healthcare means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back to the community. Find something enjoyable and go forth!

Keeping a Journal

Use a journal to record thoughts on your experiences. Activities come to life with reflection. Topics to consider writing about may include: Why one chose their profession, shadowing, or volunteering. This journal may be helpful when writing your personal statement.

Research

Research experience can provide you with opportunities to work with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, and engage in critical analysis. Research allows a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking.


Getting into professional school is about desiring to be a better person and better future professional. It's a complex process and we're here to help!