Career opportunities in pharmacy are excellent. Federal projections indicate that employment in pharmacy will grow faster than the national average.
Pharmacy includes professionals who provide a broad spectrum of pharmacy-related patient care services in community settings such as drug stores, hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities. Other aspects of pharmacy work include professionals involved in research, industry and education.
Students first must complete a two-year program at College of DuPage before entry into a college of pharmacy. The pharmacy programs require an additional three years of study leading to a bachelor's degree in pharmacy or four years resulting in a Pharm.D. degree. The total period of full-time academic work is five to six years.
The Pre-Pharmacy program at College of DuPage concentrates on science and mathematics. Students considering this program should have a demonstrated aptitude for science and mathematics, because entry into colleges of pharmacy is competitive.
The University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago has a "2+4" program. Two years of study at College of DuPage precede four years of study at the College of Pharmacy. On completion of these six years, a student graduates with a Pharm.D. degree. Chicago College of Pharmacy offers a "2+3" program leading to a bachelor's of pharmacy degree in addition to a "2+4" Pharm.D. program. Prospective students should check with the pharmacy school of their choice to see which programs are available.
- Pre-Pharmacy, A.S. Degree
- Student Planning Worksheet
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field.
Chris Petersen, Ph.D.
Thomas Ruehlmann, Ph.D.
Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL
60137 (630) 942-2800
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