MacMurray College's Biology Program (pre-health track) can prepare you for graduate school as a pharmacist, where you would study for a doctorate of pharmacy. Through rigorous courses in such disciplines as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology, you are exposed to the knowledge you need to enter the graduate school of your choice.
Undergraduate requirements for graduate programs in pharmacy are variable, so the choice of courses at MacMurray will depend in part on where you plan to go for graduate school. The faculty advisor will assist you in making these decisions.
Admission to pharmacy school is competitive, and students need a minimum 3.50 grade point average, must do well on the Pharmacy College Admission Test, and have work experience while they are an undergraduate. A variety of internships are available with pharmacies and hospitals in the area.
The demand for highly-trained pharmacists has increased in recent years, and expectations are that the field will see rapid growth with the aging population and trends toward prescription drug treatment in health care. According to the Pharmacy Manpower Project Inc., the shortfall in pharmacists in the U.S. by 2020 could reach 157,000.
In addition to the pharmacist's traditional role of preparing and dispensing medicines, the dynamic changes in health care will mean that pharmacists will be taking on new responsibilities that will offer greater opportunities. The wide range of workplaces and working conditions for pharmacists offers jobs that satisfy all preferences: from set hours at a corner pharmacy to owning your own business. Whatever kind of job you want, pharmacists are well paid. According to government salary data, the median pay of a pharmacist is $120,000 per year.