Pre-Pharmacy

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 prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to pharmacy schools.

Receive Advising
Email the Health Professions Office for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.

Meet with other Health Professions Students
HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in pre-health professions. Dr. Hannah Wingate and Mrs. Amy Raimondo co-sponsors AED, Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national honor society for pre-health professions students. You can meet with other students who share your interest in a medical career. You will have opportunities to gain leadership experience and participate in medically related community service projects. Please contact Dr. Wingate or Mrs. Raimondo for additional information.

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 advisors 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?

  • Factors that determine admittance to 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 3.57 and a PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) score of at least 78% 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. Begin by volunteering in a pharmacy, shadowing a pharmacist, or working at a local pharmacy.