Doctor of Pharmacy

Doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) programs provide training for licensed pharmacists. While requirements are not standardized, they are similar to medical school often with additional coursework in microbiology.  In addition, most pharmacy programs require the PCAT admissions exam.  A wealth of information can be found through PharmCAS.

The following is a common list of requirements for PharmD programs, though schools vary considerably in prerequisites.  A list of requirements for individual schools may be found through PharmCAS.

  • Chemistry - two semesters of general chemistry (Atoms and Molecules and Equilibrium and Reactivity) and two semesters of organic chemistry
  • Biology - two semesters of general biology (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biol 161), Introduction to the Functional Biology of Multicellular Organisms (Biol 162)) and one semester of microbiology
  • Mathematics - 2 semesters (Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 or equivalent) and 1 semester of statistics
  • Physics - 1 semester (General Physics I or General Physics in Daily Life I.  The lab is included with each course.)


Holy Cross has a linkage with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester for the accelerated doctor of pharmacy program and can assist with applications to other graduate pharmacy programs.

You might find external this link on how to become a pharmacist useful.