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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."

Director works with student museum assistants

Dr. Claire Kovacs, interim assistant museum director at the college's Teaching Museum of Art, works with 10 students as museum assistants, managing the 4,500-piece collection and installing exhibits. "It's a work-study job for them, but also a teaching opportunity for them," she said.

Cosentino '04 and students analyze amphibian populations

Dr. Bradley Cosentino '04 is an assistant professor of biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. He and his students recently published "Citizen science reveals widespread negative effects of roads on amphibian distributions" after analyzing 20 years' worth of data. Cosentino earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He worked with Augustana's Dr. Steve Hager last year analyzing factors that cause birds to be killed by flying into windows.

Now, everything has a learning outcome

A college education has become a widespread expectation but many students have little idea of why they’re really there. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on Augustana's vision of how students put together and make sense of the pieces of their education. Augustana has identified nine learning outcomes — like critical thinking and quantitative literacy — that apply to everything students touch: courses, clubs, teams, residence halls.

College introduces two new certificate programs

This fall, Augustana introduced its first two certificate programs: American Culture Exploration, for one-year international students whose academic focus is American life, and Nonprofit Leadership Development. "Certificates are another way to demonstrate a skill set in a portfolio or interview, especially experience, that someone else might not have," said Doug Tschopp, director of the college's Entrepreneurial Center (EDGE).

Forum at Old Main: Measuring student career preparation

In the first installment of the Forum at Old Main video series, Michael Edmondson, associate vice president for career development, and Mark Salisbury, director of institutional research and assessment, discuss the importance of measuring student progress in career preparation while at Augustana.
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