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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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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."

Two faculty members earn endowed chairs

Dr. Ellen Hay, professor of communication studies, and Dr. Reuben Heine, professor of geography, recently were named to endowed chair positions at Augustana. Hay has been a faculty member since 1989. Heine joined the Augustana faculty in 2005.

Lecturer to offer history as bridge between religions

Dr. Meira Kensky will give the 29th annual Stone Lecture in Judaism on Thursday, April 24, in Wallenberg Hall. The lecture, focusing on the theme of connectedness between Judaism and Christianity, is free and open to the public. Dr. Kensky’s lecture, “The Crucifixion, the New Testament, and the Jews” will examine the earliest Christian assertions about the crucifixion and the Jews’ role in it, including those of 1 Thessalonians and the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and John, and texts from the history of both Jewish and Christian thought.

Video: Stone Lecture addresses psychotherapy

Dr. Bruce Wampold of the University of Wisconsin-Madison presents the 2014 Lewis Stone Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings." His talk discusses two models of how psychotherapy works.

Augustana introduces co-curricular transcript

Students routinely discover peak moments beyond the classroom at Augustana, and they now have a way to track those experiences. Through the co-curricular transcript, which debuted at the start of spring term, students can record co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with the college’s verification.

Running the gamut in first teaching job

Caitlin N. Griffin '13 is in her first teaching job, with seven different classes every day. She teaches English for grades 8-12, plus mass communication and advanced writing, in Moulton, Iowa. She said her favorite thing about teaching is, simply, the children. “They have a lot of energy, and they are still not cynical about the world,” she said. “They surprise me all the time.”
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