Pre-Professional Pharmacy


This graduate certificate is for post-bachelor pre-professional students, master's level science majors, and other advanced students who have an interest in attaining biomedical science foundations to gain additional perspective into the growing clinical nature of the pharmacy profession. Participants will extend their knowledge in the areas of biochemistry and intermediary metabolism, the physiology of the human body, microbiological and immunological activity, and the principles involved in drug action. Students that complete this graduate certificate shall be well prepared for the basic science coursework that they will encounter during their first year in a doctor of pharmacy curriculum.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in any of the biological sciences or chemistry, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


15 credit hours from this required list of courses. At least THREE core classes (9 credits) from the following (or four totaling 12 or all five courses totaling 15 credits):

  • GMS 6141 - Basic Medical Immunology and Microbiology (3)
  • GMS 6201 - Basic Medical Biochemistry (3)
  • GMS 6440 - Basic Medical Physiology (3)
  • GMS 6542 - Basic Medical Pharmacology (3)
  • GMS 6605 - Basic Medical Anatomy (3)

If only three or four of the requirements are taken from the core listed above, you then must take ONE OR TWO (3-6 credits) respectively from the following list only to total 15 credit hours for Graduate Certificate Completion:

  • PHA 6146 - Introduction to Nanotechnology (3)
  • PHA 6119 - Micro-/ Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems (3)
  • PHA 6449 - Pharmacogenomics-Current and Future Prospects (3)
  • GMS 6010 - Personalized Medicine (3)
  • GMS 6183 - Clinical Research Methods (3)



Time Limit

Two years

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized Tests

PCAT, GRE, and MCAT scores are not required for admission to the certificate program but can be submitted to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills. Test scores will be required for admission to the graduate program. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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