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Role of Pharmacists

Pharmacists are essential healthcare professionals, who enhance patient care and promote wellness. While responsibilities vary among the different areas of pharmacy practice, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well. Pharmacists also:

  • Play an important role in helping people get the best results from their medications.
  • Help outcomes improve and costs decline when involved in patient care.
  • Are accessible, and are someone people can talk to face-to-face without an appointment.
  • Communicate effectively to evaluate factors that may affect a patient’s ability to take a medication.
  • Are the medication specialists on the healthcare team.
  • Work in a wide range of healthcare settings and have flexible hours.
  • Are trained in colleges of pharmacy which are centers of academic excellence, scientific research and innovation.
  • Help people live healthier, better lives.

Pharmacists work in a variety of specialties, including community practice, drug development, hospital pharmacy, education, and consultant pharmacy.

Note: Information above taken directly from American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.



Pursuit of Pharmacy at Clemson

Clemson University prepares students for application to a three- or four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.

Pharmacy Timeline

Pre-pharmacy is not a degree-granting major. Therefore, you must choose a degree-granting major (and minor, if appropriate) if you plan to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at Clemson prior to attending pharmacy school. Pharmacy schools do not discriminate among the different disciplines from which you may choose, meaning that you can and should choose the curriculum that interests you most and excel.

Students can alternatively choose to complete prerequisite courses without regard to a particular degree’s curriculum and matriculate after two or three years of undergraduate coursework. Students who complete courses outlined in the pre-pharmacy program are eligible to receive a B.S. in Pre-Professional Studies upon completion of their first year at an accredited pharmacy school.

What is considered competitive?

Admissions criteria vary by institution and should be verified individually. According to AACP data, a competitive applicant for admission to the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) PharmD program for the fall 2014 class had an average Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.6, enrolling a third of applicants. National aggregate data is not accessible at this time.

Core Preparation Courses

Introductory Biology BIOL 1030+1050 & BIOL 1040+1060 or BIOL 1100 & BIOL 1110
Introductory Chemistry CH 1010 & CH 1020
Organic Chemistry CH 2230+2270 & CH 2240+2280
Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 2220 & 2230 or BIOL 3150 & 3160
Physics PHYS 1220+1240 & PHYS 2210+2230 or PHYS 2070+2090 & PHYS 2080+2100
Microbiology MICR 3050
Sociology SOC 2010
Psychology PSYC 2010
Calculus MATH 1020 or 1060
Economics ECON 2000 or 2110 or 2120
Statistics STAT 2300
Composition ENGL 1030
Literature ENGL 2000 level coursework
Communication COMM 1500 or 2500
Liberal Arts Electives See specific school requirements. 
Note. Requirements vary by institution and should be verified individually.