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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.

  • Careers/internships
  • 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."

Augustana harpist enjoys playing, teaching, writing

Dr. Erin Freund, assistant professor of music and harp instructor at Augustana, does more than just teach classes. She is a performer and arranger of music for harp. Dr. Freund will perform a harp recital of French repertoire with soprano Michelle Crouch (also on the faculty), at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wallenberg Hall.

Augustana and Longfellow students make dream machines

When asked how she would make the world of the future better, Edita Salama, 11, built a dam to protect people from tsunamis. Edita, a student at Longfellow Liberal Arts School in Rock Island, made her project Tuesday during Augustana's Symposium Day. The Longfellow class was invited to create an object that would solve a problem.

Dr. Heidi Storl to open CommUniversity

Augustana's Dr. Heidi Storl will open this year's CommUniversity with the talk "Bio-medical Ethics: Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time" at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. CommUniversity, a series of Sunday classes taught by area experts, will begin its 36th year in February.

New public health major leads to wide-ranging careers

Augustana students looking to make their mark on the world have another entry in the health field, a new major in public health that opens an array of career fields, while drawing on the college's strong tradition in the liberal arts and health sciences.

Augustana wins Outstanding Delegation Award

Augustana students received an Outstanding Delegation Award for their parrticipation in the 25th Model United Nations Conference last month in Chicago. Fifteen students from a variety of majors represented Augustana. Each student was responsible for researching specific policy topics. At the conference, they worked with delegations from other school to write resolutions.
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