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What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is a highly trusted profession and a vital part of the health care system. A pharmacy professional can have a direct impact on people’s lives and health. A career in pharmacy offers you diverse opportunities and excellent earning potential.

If you’re considering pharmacy as a career, congratulations! You’ve reached this point by realizing that you want a people-oriented profession that provides a reward in knowing that you have helped someone who is in need. The focus in pharmacy today is on the patient, determining their needs and what should be provided to best meet those needs.

Graduates from accredited schools of pharmacy are able to prepare and dispense medication, consult with other healthcare professionals, provide medication therapy management and education, participate in clinical research, and talk with patients about medications.

The ultimate goal of a pharmacy professional is to improve an individual’s quality of life. The study of pharmacy prepares you for such a lifelong commitment.

So, what's my degree?

To practice as a licensed pharmacist in the U.S., students must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at an ACPE-accredited pharmacy school.

For admission to the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, pre-pharmacy students complete approximately 64 semester hours of pre-requisite coursework. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission. Most students complete the prerequisites in two to three calendar years.

Additionally, students can select any major they want to or they can choose just to complete the pre-pharmacy courses.

The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program is a four-year, full-time, professional doctoral program. Students spend the first three years in the classroom and spend the fourth year completing nine, one month rotations in various pharmacy settings including but not limited to community, hospital, clinical services, social and administrative services, and more.

Do my interests fit?

  • Do you enjoy math and science?
  • Do you have a desire to help other people live healthier lives?
  • Do you enjoy solving problems and working on teams?
  • Do you want a career that has excellent earning potential and hundreds of career paths?

Then pharmacy may be for you! Pharmacy combines science, health care, computer technology, business, math, and counseling. Pharmacy offers a rare balance of independence and interaction with patients. Pharmacists are consistently ranked as some of the most highly trusted professionals. Pharmacy is one of the most financially rewarding careers. In 2016, over 90% of pharmacists reported warning more than $100,000 per year. 

How can OU Pre-Pharmacy help me?

By choosing to concentrate on pre-pharmacy coursework, students can make sure to stay on track with completing their education in a shorter timeframe, saving money and jump-starting their career as a pharmacist!

The OU College of Pharmacy also offers an early assurance program for high school seniors who know for sure they want to be a pharmacist. To find out more information on the OUCOP Pharm.D. Early Assurance Program (PEAP), please go here. To apply for the PEAP, please go here

What courses will I take?

  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Biological Sciences-8 hours
  • General Chemistry I w/lab
  • General Chemistry II w/lab
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Lab
  • Microbiology w/lab
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • 24 Hours of Non-Science Electives*

*Electives may be chosen from the following subject areas: Fine Arts; History; Political Science; Anthropology; Humanities; Geography; Philosophy; Literature; Social Science; Behavioral Science; Foreign Language; Communications; English; Business (may include management, marketing, accounting, economics); Computer Science; Statistics

For a list of the most common OU Norman courses taken to satisfy prerequisites, please go to For full information on pre-pharmacy coursework requirements, please go to

How can I get involved?

Pre-Pharmacy Association

Additionally, we encourage students to gain pharmacy experience, whether it is paid or unpaid. For a listing of local free clinics you can volunteer at, please email with your request. 

How can I study abroad?

OU has numerous study abroad opportunities for students of all majors. Whether you want to take electives, lower-division courses, or major requirements, be sure to check out what education abroad opportunities are available to you through the College of International Studies. 

How much will I make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median pay for pharmacists nationally is over $124,000 per year. The median pay for pharmacists in Oklahoma is over $114,000 per year.

What kind of career could I pursue?

Community Pharmacy Practice

  • Mail Order
  • Chain Pharmacy Practice
  • Independent Ownership
  • Specialized Compounding Service
  • Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Home or Hospice Care

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice (Chronic Disease Management)

  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Diabetes
  • HIV

Consulting Pharmacy

  • Nursing Home Practice
  • Geriatric Pharmacy

Institutional (Hospital or Health-System) Pharmacy Practice

  • Medication Distribution and Control
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement
  • Medication Safety and Drug Information
  • Specialty Clinical Practice
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Organ Transplants



Public Service Pharmacy Practice

  • Military
  • Public Health Service (Indian Health Service, Prisons)
  • Veterans Affairs

Managed Care Pharmacy Practice

  • Benefits Manager
  • Formulary Management
  • Insurance

Nuclear Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Research and Development
  • Management
  • Communications and Advertising
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Sales

Pharmacy Professional Associations

  • National and State Pharmacy Professional Organizations

Poison Control Centers

Regulatory Agencies

  • CDC
  • DEA
  • FDA
  • State Boards of Pharmacy

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

OU College of Pharmacy is fully accredited through the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the accrediting body for all U.S. pharmacy schools. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652,

OUCOP is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools via the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (

Contact Us:

The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
1110 N Stonewall Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Jennifer L. Richardson
Director of Recruitment & Admissions

Phone: (405) 271-6598
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