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2018 Program Prerequisites

Pre-pharmacy requirements may be taken at any regionally-accredited college or university and must be completed prior to matriculation into Belmont University College of Pharmacy. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better or credited by receiving Advanced Placement (AP) high school credit.

Applicants are encouraged to work closely with their undergraduate academic advisor and map out their course of study accordingly. Although our staff is happy to discuss specific prerequisites with applicants, they are unable to provide definitive counsel until all official transcripts have been processed by PharmCAS.

The prerequisite requirements below are for students entering in Fall 2018.

Prerequisite Courses Required for All Applicants
Semester Credits

1st Biology - A course in biology such as general biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, and A&P.  Must include a lab.

4

2nd Biology - A second course in biology such as general biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, and A&P.  Must include a lab.

4

General (Inorganic) Chemistry I - The first course in a two-course general chemistry sequence. Must include a lab. General chemistry concepts include atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, properties of gases, solid and liquid states of matter, chemistry of acids and bases, principles of chemical kinetics, precipitation reactions, elementary thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

4

General (Inorganic) Chemistry II - The second course in a two-course general chemistry sequence. Must include a lab. (At quarter-based institutions, the sequence must also include a third course)

4

Organic Chemistry I - The first course in a two-course organic chemistry sequence. Must be a standard college-level course for science majors and include a lab, which can be part of a 2-credit lab for both organic chemistry courses. Organic chemistry concepts include types of carbon compounds, stereochemistry, substitution reactions, carbon compounds properties, aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and amines.

4

Organic Chemistry II - The second course in a two-course organic chemistry sequence. Must include a lab, which can be part of a 2-credit lab for both organic chemistry courses. (At quarter-based institutions, the sequence must also include a third course)

4

Physics - An algebra-based or calculus-based physics course. Does not require a lab.

3

Calculus - A calculus course providing an introduction to analytical geometry, limits, integration, and differentiation.

3

Statistics - A course in probability and statistics. Topics include descriptive measures, elementary probability distributions, sampling distributions, one and two sample inferences on means and proportions, simple linear regression, and correlation.

3
Additional Credits Required for Applicants Without a Bachelor’s Degree*
Prerequisite courses designated with an asterisk below are not required of applicants who will complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution before enrolling in the PharmD program. However, these prerequisites will be required up until the time that the degree is completed and verified on a submitted official transcript.

*1st Writing - A course designed to improve writing skills which may include a course designated by the institution as writing intensive. English Composition I is recommended.

3

*2nd Writing - A second course designed to improve writing skills which may include a course designated by the institution as writing intensive. English Composition II is recommended.

3

*1st Communication Skills - A course designed to improve oral communication skills, such as public speaking (recommended), interpersonal communication or professional communication.

3

*2nd Communication Skills - A second course designed to improve communication skills. May include a third writing course.

3

*1st Behavioral or Social Science - A course from one of the following areas: psychology (recommended), economics (recommended), anthropology, sociology, history, political science, communication theory, minority studies or global issues.

3

*2nd Behavioral or Social Science - A second course from one of the following areas: psychology (recommended), economics (recommended), anthropology, sociology, history, political science, communication theory, minority studies or global issues.

3

*Humanities - A content-based course (rather than skill-based) from one of the following areas: literature, fine arts, philosophy, ethics, foreign culture or religion.
Excludes skill-based courses such as language study, voice or instrument study, and art skills.

3

*1st Elective - A college level course, excluding all other prerequisites.

3

*2nd Elective - A college level course, excluding all other prerequisites.

3

*3rd Elective - A college level course, excluding all other prerequisites.

3
Total
63

Credit requirements are based on semester hours.  Courses taken in quarter-based systems will be calculated at semester hour equivalents. In cases where quarter hours fall below the semester hours indicated, the school reserves the right to require additional coursework in the topic area to meet the minimum stated prerequisite.

Credit granted by your university through the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board may be used to meet prerequisites if the standards set by Belmont University are met.  These standards can be found in the Advanced Placement section of the catalog.



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