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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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  • 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."

Dr. Timothy Johnson '58 to speak on health care

Dr. Timothy Johnson '58, senior medical contributor for ABC News, will present two lectures Sept. 21 as the 2014 Faith and Life Series speaker at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. He will present “Discovering God through Tough Questions” during the Sunday morning learning hour, 10:45 a.m. He will give a community-wide lecture, "American Healthcare in Crisis: Telling the Truth," at 4 p.m.

Hartman on climate change: It's all about scale

The sins of pride and sloth and "Alice in Wonderland" all figure in a blog post by Dr. Laura Hartman on geoengineering - a large-scale technological effort to stem climate change. Her paper presented at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences in June became a guest post for the Washington Geoengineering Consortium.

Leech examines pit mine's impact, wins history prize

Dr. Brian Leech's exploration of his home state's landmark copper mine in Montana has earned him a $1,000 national prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Western History.

Augustana to host I-74 Graduate/Professional Fair

Augustana will host the I-74 Graduate and Professional School Fair from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Pepsico Recreation Center. More than 50 programs and schools will be represented.

Book discusses the history of African diamond mining

Dr. Todd Cleveland, assistant professor of history, recently completed a book about diamond mining in Africa. In "Stones of Contention: A History of Africa's Diamonds," he provides an account of diamond mining in Africa from ancient times to the present.
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