The Pre-Pharmacy program at Ferris is designed to give you all the tools necessary
to gain admission into the College of Pharmacy. Because of the stringent requirements
and extensive educational background needed to become a pharmacist, the courses in
the Pre-Pharmacy program give you a broad overview and strong beginning to the Pharmacy
program. A path to a career in pharmacy begins with the three-year Pre-Pharmacy program,
which is designed to prepare students to meet the competitive admission requirements
of the College of Pharmacy. Upon admission to the College of Pharmacy, you will continue
your studies for four years to complete the doctor of pharmacy degree. Please note
that admission to the College of Pharmacy at FSU is on a competitive basis and that
the completion of the Pre-Pharmacy program does not assure acceptance by the College
of Pharmacy. Students applying to a pharmacy program other than the Ferris program should
investigate the requirements of that pharmacy program.
Pre-Pharmacy program requirements
As a professional pharmacist, you will be the most accessible member of the health
care team and the most knowledgeable about the effects of drugs on people. You will
serve as an essential link between the patient and the prescribing physician, advising
both about drug interactions, dosages and possible side effects.
Ferris graduates enjoy 100 percent job placement, and the financial awards can be abundant (See the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Your knowledge of drugs and drug functions will provide such job opportunities as a community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, or military pharmacist. Other examples include being employed in a sales position in the pharmaceutical industry, or in position within pharmacy associations. With additional education, other opportunities include pharmaceutical journalism, advertising, public health, research, law enforcement, and pharmacy education.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics sub-scores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.