The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's pre-pharmacy curriculum provides a pathway to graduate school for students interested in a pharmaceutical career. Pre-pharmacy is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to continue your education and become a pharmacist.
Pharmacists are experts on drugs and drug therapy. They package and dispense prescription medications, advise on use of non-prescriptive drugs and calculate doses and prepare medicines for patients. Pharmacists with an interest in academic or research pharmacy teach in hospitals, universities or medical schools, or pursue a career with a pharmaceutical company.
No specific undergraduate major is required to become a pharmacist, but a certain curriculum is favored. For example, UWEC pre-pharmacy students will blend their science and math courses with social science and humanities courses in order to best address medical problems with the people they will serve.
Certain skills and experiences are also recommended — especially when applying for graduate school. Many graduate schools require a high GPA, a competitive Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) score, letters of recommendation and a completed Pharmacy Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS) application in order to be considered for their pharmaceutical programs. Pharmacy schools are also increasingly emphasizing communication, leadership and community service in their admissions criteria. Experience as a pharmacy technician is also helpful.
Our exceptional faculty and career advisors are aware of the preferred curriculum and graduate school requirements and ensure you gain the knowledge and experiences necessary for acceptance into graduate school. At UW-Eau Claire, you'll be well prepared and supported on your journey of becoming a pharmacist.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds, including those interested in becoming a pharmacist. Learn more about which scholarships and resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on your academics.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Relevant student organizations. On-campus student organizations — like the Pre-Professional Health Club — connect students like you who are also interested in becoming a pharmacist. These extracurriculars are an excellent way to learn from guest speakers, engage in volunteer work and tour graduate programs in the region.
Innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire is one of only a few schools of its size with a career center dedicated to supporting pre-pharmacy students. The William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center offers one-on-one advising, opportunities to meet with professional school admissions representatives, connections to health-related clinical research and volunteer opportunities, and workshops designed to build effective tools for career development and competitive applications.
Excellent preparation. The university’s success rate at preparing students who gain admission to professional schools is outstanding. Previous students have gone on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota, Concordia University, Midwestern University, Ohio State University and South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
- Chemical Principles
- Calculus I
- Foundations of Biology I
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Completion of the university writing requirement is also recommended.
Learn more about pre-pharmacy in the UWEC course catalog.
A few majors that would best support a career in pharmacy include: