Why Choose The Pharmacy School at Ferris State?

FSU is one of the top pharmacy schools in the country. More than one-half of the pharmacists practicing in Michigan are graduates of Ferris. Graduates of the Ferris State pharmacy school are well prepared for the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), which is required for a pharmacy license in Michigan and most other states. The Ferris State pharmacy school offers a six-year pharmacy education program leading to a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.).

Like many schools of pharmacy the entering-level program operates on a 2-4 format. Pre-Pharmacy is two years with the last four years spent in the professional pharmacy education program provided by the College of Pharmacy. At Ferris, Pre-Pharmacy is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. Transfer guides are available for most of the state's colleges and universities.

Pre-Pharmacy subjects include:

  • general biology
  • microbiology
  • general and organic chemistry
  • calculus
  • statistics
  • economics
  • English
  • communication skills
  • psychology or sociology
  • cultural enrichment

Advance Your Career with a Pharmacy Degree

The pharmacy school issues that all pharmacy education course work designated as pre-pharmacy must be completed in order to finalize admission at our pharmacy schools. Prospective students for the pharmacy school should familiarize themselves with the University's General Education Guidelines. The College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University is recognized by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education, the national accrediting agency for all colleges and schools of pharmacy. Ferris is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy School Graduates Get Great Jobs

Since its inception in 1893, the College of Pharmacy has adapted its pharmacy education programming to meet the challenges and complex demands of an ever-changing profession. Current emphasis at pharmacy schools is on clinical practice and the provision of pharmaceutical care to ensure that the patients drug therapy is appropriate, safe, effective for the condition being treated and cost-effective. Pharmacy school graduates are prepared to deliver pharmaceutical care to patients in a wide range of practice settings. Some of the many fields of specialization open to students of the pharmacist schools include:

  • Community pharmacy - most pharmacists are engaged in this type of professional practice in either independently owned or chain pharmacies.
  • Hospital pharmacy - this field offers a variety of pharmacy education and assignments in support of physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team in dealing with the medication needs of patients.
  • Industrial pharmacy - employment and career opportunities include those related to production, quality control, research, administration and sales promotion.

Included also are the medical service representatives needed to keep physicians, dentists and pharmacists informed of new developments. Other career options within the pharmacy school can include: home health care, long-term care, management roles at many health insurance providers, nuclear pharmacy, public health, law and various areas of pharmacy education and specialization. Many schools of pharmacy report that there is a shortage of pharmacist around the state of Michigan and the country. Most graduates at Ferris State one of the nation's top pharmacy schools have very little problem securing employment, with many FSU pharmacy graduates having multiple offers. Recent long-term projections indicate that this shortage of pharmacists will only get worse as the population ages.

Pharmacy School Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University entry-level programs is highly competitive and is granted to the best qualified applicants on a space available basis. Like other top pharmacy schools, priority is determined using a formula based primarily on academic performance and Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores. Although the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA obtained in pre-pharmacy is 2.5, the average of successful applicants at our schools of pharmacy is much higher. The Pre-Pharmacy program can be taken at Ferris or at any other accredited college or university pharmacy schools.

Pharmacy School Graduation Requirements

The College of Pharmacy at Ferris State grants the doctor of pharmacy degree. Graduation requirements for the Pharm.D. degree at our pharmacy schools include completion of all work outlined in the Pharm.D. curriculum, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and recommendation for the pharmacy degree by the faculty of the College of Pharmacy based on academic performance and ethical and professional standards.

If you would like more information on Pharmacy Schools and Pharmacy Education Programs at Ferris State University call (231) 591-2000.

  • About The Pharmacy School at Ferris State University: College classes at the FSU pharmacy schools including our Doctor of Pharmacy Program, are taught at all levels by professional teachers, not graduate assistants. College students at the Ferris State University schools of pharmacy, including our Doctor of Pharmacy students, can study in more than 170 different college educational programs which include pharmacist schools and many doctorate degrees, masters degrees, bachelor's degrees and associate degree programs.

    More than 180 educational programs - including doctorates, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees - are offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Kendall College of Art and Design.

    Ferris State University offers a wide variety of scholarships and financial aid. A majority of our students receive financial aid assistance. We encourage you to explore this website for more information on available scholarships and financial aid opportunities at Ferris State University. Ferris State provides all enrolled students access to a variety of academic skill-building opportunities that will assist them in their pursuit of academic excellence in a format that accommodates various learning preferences and schedules. At FSU students experience small classes with individual attention in 170 career-oriented majors leading to job placement for our graduates. FSU students also enjoy 220 student organizations for fun in a relaxed, hometown setting in the heart of Michigan's recreation area.

    The group presentation, by one of our admissions recruiters, includes information on academic offerings, scholarships, housing, student life, and costs. A question and answer period follows the presentation and includes a few surprises! Lunch is provided at one of our well known dining facilities on campus. After lunch, guests may take part in a walking tour of campus led by one of our exceptional student guides. The walking tour takes approximately 1 hour.

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