Pre-Requisite Coursework

Successful student pharmacists demonstrate a solid understanding not only in the fields of biology, chemistry, and math, but also in communication, economics, and the liberal arts. Applicants should strive to demonstrate a dedication to these foundations of knowledge.

A bachelor’s degree is not required to begin the PharmD program.

The pre-pharmacy requirements can be completed in two years and must be completed before starting the PharmD program. Many applicants are completing the pre-pharmacy requirements during the application process. All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school may be used to fulfill pre-pharmacy requirements. For students entering in Fall 2017 and beyond, the pre-pharmacy course requirements are listed below:

Science Core Course Requirements Credits
Biology + labs 8
General Chemistry + labs 8
Organic Chemistry + labs 8
Physics I (with or without lab) 3-4
One or more advanced science elective course(s)* 3-4
  32 credits
Support Course Requirements Credits
Calculus 3
Statistics 3
English Composition 3
Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking 3
Economics 3
General Education Electives 17
  32 credits
Total Pre-Pharmacy Credits 64 Credits

*Examples of an Advanced Science Elective include: Physics II, Physiology, Anatomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or other advanced science course.

General Education Electives

General education electives can come from a wide variety of non-math and non-science courses, including but not limited to: Literature, History, Philosophy, Theology, Fine Arts, Creative Arts, Foreign Language, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Communications, Political Science, Physical Education, etc.

CUW Transfer Core Curriculum Requirements

Students who have not completed pre-pharmacy course requirements at Concordia University, and do not hold a baccalaureate degree, must complete the CUW transfer core curriculum prior to graduation from the PharmD program. The transfer core curriculum requires students to take The Bible (REL100 or AL 159) and Christian Faith (REL110 or AL 210) at CUW. Most PharmD students take these courses during their third year (P3), and there is no additional tuition charge for taking these courses.


For additional questions about pre-pharmacy course requirements and other entrance requirements, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.  We are happy to discuss your personal academic qualifications!

Emmy Stoecklein

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Sam Poullette

Admissions Counselor