Majors & Minors

Pharmacy Pre-Professional Degree

Program Overview

As our population ages, the need for licensed pharmacists will continue to grow. The pre-pharmacy program at UW-River Falls provides a firm understanding of the sciences relevant to pharmacy and associated fields, such as medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. Many UWRF students have the opportunity to participate in field experiences and internships, including employment as pharmacy technicians at local pharmacies and clinics.

Highlights of the Pre-Pharmacy Program

  • Students will work closely with engaged, experienced faculty and have access to modern facilities and hands-on learning.  At UWRF, expect personalized advising from a faculty member who will help you select the pre-pharmacy courses important for entrance into a pharmacy program.
  • UWRF has an early provisional acceptance agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry (LECOM). Students are not required to take the entrance exam, the PCAT, for the college; which is a big advantage to the program.
  • The Pre-Health Club connects UWRF students from all of the pre-professional health programs to collaborate and learn from each other.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Gain experience with modern chemical and biological instrumentation and develop proficiency with interpreting data obtained from that instrumentation.
  • Develop skills retrieving and evaluating chemical and scientific information.
  • Sharpen skills in oral presentation and scientific writing.
  • Practice skills in teamwork and collaboration.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacists are valuable contributors to research and development programs, clinical trials of new medications, and quality control efforts. Hospital pharmacists work closely with physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and other members of the hospital patient care team to consult and advise on drug therapies chosen for patients:

Job Titles

  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Industry


  • Retail, hospital and community
  • Industry research/development
  • Government services/regulation

Related Programs

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For more information, contact
College of Arts and Science  715-425-3777

Median annual salary for pharmacists


(Bureau of Labor Statistics)