Students wishing to pursue a career in pharmacy must fulfill a six-year doctor of pharmacy program. The first two years’ requirements may be completed at Northern Michigan University; the latter four years’ requirements must be fulfilled at one of the nation’s pharmacy schools. Within Michigan, the doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) is available from Ferris State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Another option, the Ph.D. in pharmacy, is also available from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, but these usually require earning the bachelor’s degree in chemistry or pharmacy first.
The pre-pharmacy program at Northern Michigan University is composed of a tightly structured two-year sequence, or a slower paced three-year schedule that includes four courses in chemistry, three in biology and additional course work that is dependent upon the intended pharmacy school.
Specific requirements, substitutions and pharmacy school admission procedures can be explained in detail by an adviser from the Chemistry Department.
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