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Pre-Pharmacy


At left, Patrick Crawford, associate professor of chemistry, works wtih students in the lab. Pre-pharmacy students will take general and organic chemistry classes. Pre-pharmacy students will also take biology classes, working in the lab with instructor Stephanie Fuhr, at right.

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  • About the program
  • What students say

Pre-pharmacy students typically spend two or three years completing the pre-professional pharmacy curriculum, followed by four years at an accredited school of pharmacy leading to the doctor of pharmacy degree. More than half of students entering professional pharmacy programs nationwide have three or more years of pre-professional study, and about one third have completed bachelor's degrees.

What graduates do

Kylie Lindquist '04 is a pharmacist at Express Scripts in Mason, Ohio.

Mark Cobo '12 is pursuing his doctor of pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and working as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens.

Rachel Gahn '09 is pursuing her doctor of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota.

Pre-pharmacy students take courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, along with other coursework to prepare them for the schools to which they intend to apply.

The 114,000-square-foot Hanson Hall of Science houses the pre-health programs and the departments of biology, chemistry and physics. Special facilities include high-tech individual labs for biochemistry and physical chemistry, anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics and human cadaver dissection, among others.

Facts & distinctions

Class sizes are small, with highest numbers around 60 students, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Professors teach both the lecture and lab portions of their classes, ensuring continuity and connection between theory and practice.

Augustana's liberal arts foundation helps students learn to analyze issues from more than one angle, communicate well and solve problems through critical and creative thinking. These skills empower their studies in their major field as undergraduates at Augustana, in their chosen professional and graduate programs, and later in their careers within a complex global market.

Augustana's pharmacy school placement rate is 95 percent over the past five years. Once in pharmacy school, our graduates find they have been prepared extremely well for their professional training in the field.

Adam Setter ’09, biology major, biochemistry minor

“I chose Augustana because I felt it gave me the best opportunity to learn and grow over the next four years. Now, looking back, it far exceeded my expectations by helping create who and what I am today as a scholar, future professional, and individual. In my studies, the challenging curriculum and face-to-face interaction with my professors complemented each other to best prepare me for Pharmacy School. In addition, Augustana’s incredible track record helped me secure an internship at Walgreens to further supplement my education.”

Simi Narayan ’08, biology and pre-medicine majors, Spanish minor

"My experiences at Augustana gave me an edge over other pharmacy school candidates and have proved helpful throughout my first year of pharmacy school as well. At Augustana I mastered more than just academics—I mastered the skills necessary to be a successful professional in a rapidly changing field."

Changes at Teaching Museum of Art

As the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art prepares for a new exhibition, its leader plans to start a new chapter in his life. In September, an exhibition devoted to Swedish art will open and museum director, Preston Thayer, will leave.

May '74 brings experience to new magnet school

Ron May '74 will bring 40 years of experience as a music educator to yet another new role: performing-arts teacher for Davenport's new Creative Arts Academy. He will be among three full-time arts faculty for the new magnet school. "I'm very, very passionate about arts education. It is not a frill; it is not an extra," May said. " It is a driving force of our economy. We should not be ignoring it in education. It's vital."

Video: Edmondson outlines CORE benefits

Michael Edmondson, head of Augustana's Office of Career Development, speaks on Mediacom's Newsleaders program about the college's new CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) initiative.

Walsh '06 teaches peers as well as students

As a child, Amy Walsh '06 was inspired by an excellent teacher. Today, she has become one. A 2013 finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year, Walsh was been with Bensenville District 2 since 2010. Her success and enthusiasm resulted in an invitation to serve as a demonstration teacher for her peers as well as students. Walsh studied elementary education at Augustana.

College to participate in wetlands restoration

Augustana College and its Upper Mississippi Studies Center have pledged $17,000 in in-kind contributions as part of a $200,000-plus project to restore a 225-acre wetland in Moline and improve Rock River water quality. River Action Inc., based in Davenport, is spearheading the project. Augustana students and staff will help identify invasive plants for removal, and do inventory and monitoring.
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