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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."

College shows Swedish roots in art exhibit

Of all the museums in the world to which Samuel and Ann Charters could have donated their large collection of Swedish art, they chose Augustana College in Rock Island. Half of that 100-work collection, which spans the 1875-1977 period, will be on display Friday through Oct. 25. The collection challenges the visitor to "think about how the Franco-centric story of modern art has begun to give way to more nuanced appreciation of alternative modernisms," museum director Preston Thayer said. "For Swedish artists, this included finding ways to celebrate the Northern landscape."

Williams '64: 'You have to follow a passion'

John Williams spent 30 years at the Rock Island Arsenal as a scientist and engineer, leaving in 1994. The word "retired" doesn't seem to fit Mr. Williams, 75, who published his second historical novel earlier this year, and earned a black belt in Shaolin kung fu in 2009. The self-described "history nut" loves surfing the library stacks at his alma mater, Augustana College, for the joy of learning — and possibly for his next literary inspiration.

Exhibit shows insects and art together

Captured: Using Insects to Inspire Art will be on display through Nov. 6 at Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during library hours and a special Family Night on Sept. 17.

CORE: an investment in student preparation

Augustana College has tripled its number of career staffers and teamed them with experts in advising, research and related services as CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration).

President Bahls explains goals, benefits of CORE

Augustana President Steve Bahls explains the college's new initative, CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration). "I know of no other college that has such a level of programs that connect academics, athletics, residential life and student life in such a way."
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