Pre-Pharmacy

The Pre-Pharmacy program is a one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to pharmacy schools. The state of Texas has seven pharmacy schools:  Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Texas Southern University-Houston, Texas Tech - Amarillo, University of Houston, University of Incarnate Word, University of Texas, and University of North Texas. Each school has their own set of pre-requisite courses and students can fulfill these prerequisites at HBU in our pre-pharmacy program.  The following courses are often required by pharmacy schools. Students should check with pharmacy schools for exact requirements.
  • General Biology (BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301)
  • Advanced Human Anatomy & General Physiology (BIOL 3454, 3456)
  • Microbiology (BIOL 3414)
  • Genetics (BIOL 3444)
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 2415, 2416)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3313, 3131, 3333, 3132)
  • English (ENGL 1320, 1330, 2315 or 2325)
  • Math (MATH 1313, 1434, 1451) varies
  • Statistics (PSYC 2301, MATH 3401)
  • Physics (PHYS 1416)
  • Economics (ECON 2311)
  • US History (HIST 2313, 2323)
  • US/Texas Government (GOVT 2313, 2334)
  • Speech (COMM 1323)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (PSYC 1313, SOCI 1313)
  • Fine Arts

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Selecting Majors

Please be aware that pre-pharmacy is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Biology or Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, may be necessary to complete all the pre-pharmacy pre-requisites so that students are ready to apply to pharmacy schools.

Receive Advising
Mrs. Cathy Capes is the Health Professions Director and Dr. Taiya Fabre is the Health Professions Faculty Liaison. We are available for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment. Please contact us at ccapes@hbu.edu or tfabre@hbu.edu.

Meet with other Health Professions Students
The Health Professions Office sponsors AED, Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national honor society for pre-health professions students. You can meet twice a month with other students who share your interest in a health professions career.
 
Our Successes
Here are some of the places you can find HBU Huskies…
  • University of Charleston
  • Texas A & M
  • University of Incarnate Word
  • Texas Southern University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
  • University of Texas
  • University of Houston
“Houston Baptist University and the Health Professions Program advisers provided me with invaluable support and advice during the application process for Pharmacy school. Thanks to their personal interest in my achievements and academic development, I was able to apply confidently with a flawless application and a personalized Letter of Evaluation. The mock interview process they conducted helped relieve anxiety and was especially useful when I started facing actual interviews. The thoroughness of the material and the organized way in which it was presented in all my science classes at HBU helped me develop good study habits and gave me an excellent foundation for the future. I believe that the professors at HBU truly cared about my success and were there every step of the way to support and encourage me to achieve my goals of getting into and excelling in pharmacy school." 
Sharon Fonseca, University of Texas School of Pharmacy
 
How can I be a strong candidate for pharmacy school?
There are many factors that determine whether a student is admitted to pharmacy school. Here are some important things for you to know.
  • Recently a competitive student has a GPA of at least a 3.5 and a PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) score of at least 70% in each section. Therefore, students must show academic strength in the sciences. The pharmacy technician certification is not a requirement for admission.
  • Participate in Campus Activities. Pharmacy schools will be interested in what you did during your undergraduate years inside and outside the classroom. In addition to AED, participate in Student Government, student groups, service organizations or any other area where you have an interest.
  • Leadership experience. Pharmacy schools will want to know about your leadership experience so become a chairman of an AED committee, a Scout leader, a leader in your place of worship or your community.
  • Clinical Experience. Pharmacy schools want to see some evidence that you are already involved in the field. Began by volunteering in a pharmacy, shadowing a pharmacist, or working at a local pharmacy.