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Program Overview

Program Overview

If you’re looking for versatility in the healthcare field, look no further. As a pharmacist, you’ll help others live healthier lives. You can research complex drugs that could one day change the world. So put yourself on the path to a career that gives back.

We can successfully transition you into the Doctor of Pharmacy program of your choice, so that you’ll be a sought-after professional in the field. Luckily for you, we provide several ways to get there. Our Health Professions Advisory Committee are well-respected professionals and educators on hand to assist you with every step of planning. Even if you're not sure which pharmacy school you want to attend, our committee is available to help you tailor a journey with a major that best reflects your interests and goals.

If you’re intending to attend Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy, you may opt to pursue a bachelor’s degree track, a 3+1 bachelor’s degree track, or take 64 course hours of required prerequisite courses. With any of these paths, you’ll build the foundation necessary to prepare you for Lipscomb’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

You’ll gain access to our seasoned faculty and student pharmacists who have already begun their journey through membership in the Pre-Pharmacy Society.  You will get personal, step-by-step guidance about the application process and pharmacy career pathways. You'll develop advanced critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. You will be highly equipped to continue your education in the multifaceted field of pharmacy.

Pathways for Pharmacy Admission

Pathways for Pharmacy Admission

Select a Track

Hours Needed

Time to complete

Major

Advising

Fast Track

64 sem. hours

2 years

None (pre-pharm)

Chemistry or Health Sciences

3+1 Track

Varies by degree

3 years undergraduate + 1 year Pharm.D.

Health Science, Biology, or Chemistry with Pre-Pharm Emphasis

Health Science, Biology, Chemistry depts. depending on major

4+4 Track

126 sem. hours

4 years

Any major

Department of major

 

Things to consider:

Fast Track: Apply for Pharm.D. enrollment during the fall of your sophomore year. This is a rigorous, fast-paced track best suited for mature high achievers who are coming in with credit hours, willing to sacrifice some aspects of the typical undergraduate experience and driven to start their careers early. Students accepted with the minimum number of hours typically demonstrate excellent GPAs exceeding the 3.2 average for enrolled students. 

3+1 Track: Take 3 years of undergraduate courses and the first year of the Pharm.D. program works like dual enrollment. This allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree at the end of your P1 pharmacy year.  This is an ideal track for those who want a fuller undergraduate experience, more flexibility in course scheduling and time for some pharmacy experience. Students in this track typically have a GPA that matches or exceeds our enrolled student average of 3.2 or better.

4+4 Track: Earn a bachelor’s degree before entering the Pharm.D. program. This is an ideal track for students who want the complete undergraduate experience, flexibility in major selection and work experience, and the most upper division coursework preparation for the rigorous Pharm.D. curriculum.  Extra coursework and a bachelor’s degree can help a student whose GPA may be below the 3.2 GPA average for accepted students.

Courses

Courses

Lipscomb Undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy Advising

Regardless of which pathway you select, every student must complete the following required prerequisites prior to enrollment. Most students will submit their application to pharmacy school 8 to 12 months prior to their desired entry term while a portion of their courses are still in progress.

Required Prerequisite Courses

Course

Credit Hours

General Chemistry I & II with labs

8

Organic Chemistry I & II with labs

8

Biology with labs  

8

Microbiology with lab

4

Calculus

3

Statistics

3

English Composition I & II (Satisfied by Lipscomb Seminar and English Composition at LU)

6

Speech Communication

3

Micro or Macro Economics

3

Humanities and Social Science Electives (Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology, Foreign Lang, etc.)

12

Additional Electives

8

Total Hours

64

 

Sample Pre-Pharmacy Course Schedule

For students prepared to start with Math 1314 Calculus I:

Fall (17 Hours)
  • Lipscomb Seminar (3)
  • BI 1073 - The Story of Jesus
  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • MA 1314 - Calculus I
  • General Ed. Course/Elective (3)
Spring (17 Hours)
  • BI 1083 - The Story of the Church
  • CM 1123 - General Chemistry II
  • CM 1221 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • EN 1313 - University Writing
  • BY 1134 - Principles of Biology: Cell and Genetics
  • General Ed. Course/Elective (3)

OR

For students prepared to start with Math 1113 Algebra:

Fall (16 Hours)

  • Lipscomb Seminar

  • BI 1073 - The Story of Jesus
  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • MA 1113 - College Algebra
  • Communication
Spring (17 Hours)
  • BI 1083 - The Story of the Church
  • CM 1123 - General Chemistry II
  • CM 1221 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • EN 1313 - University Writing
  • BY 1134 - Principles of Biology: Cell and Genetics
  • MA 1123 - Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry


OR

For students prepared to start with Math 1115 Pre-Calculus:

Fall (15 Hours)

  • Lipscomb Seminar
  • BI 1073 - The Story of Jesus
  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Math 1115
Spring (17 Hours)
  • BI 1083 - The Story of the Church
  • CM 1123 - General Chemistry II
  • CM 1221 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • EN 1313 - University Writing
  • BY 1134 - Principles of Biology: Cell and Genetics
  • CO 1003 - Introduction to Communication

Note:

Please visit our website at pharmacy.lipscomb.edu for the most up to date information regarding the College of Pharmacy. Students may also contact the College of Pharmacy by email at pharmacy@lipscomb.edu.

Early Assurance

Early Assurance

Pharmacy Early Assurance guarantees you a spot in the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program based on your undergraduate application, as long as you complete all your prerequisites and keep your grades up.

Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Kevin Clauson

    Kevin Clauson

    Professor

    Kevin A. Clauson is an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Clauson interacts with student pharmacists in courses including health informatics and independent research in...

    Meet Kevin Clauson

Career Paths

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Pharmacists

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.