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Pre-Pharmacy Program

A dual degree for a Bachelors degree in Biology or Chemistry has been arranged between Fisk University and either Xavier University or Howard University. This program permits students to complete the core curriculum and prescribed major courses, as well as pharmacy prerequisite courses, during a three-year period at Fisk. The student then transfers to the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University or Howard University. Successful completion of the three-year program at Fisk and the first year of courses in  Pharmacy at Howard or Xavier Universities will satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree from Fisk.

Requirements for the professional degree in pharmacy at Howard, with the Doctor of Pharmacy option, should be completed during three or more additional years at that institution. Students who participate in this program are regular, full-time Fisk students for all administrative, academic, financial, and other purposes during the first three years of the program. Thereafter, they are regular, full-time students at Howard or Xavier University.

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements at Xavier University:

  • English I & I ( this requirement met by CORE 150 and 160)
  • General Chemistry I & II ( lecture and lab)
  • General Biology I
  • Microbiology ( lecture and lab*)
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus- 1 semester
  • Bio-Statistics-1 semester*
  • Physics I (lecture and lab)
  • Organic Chemistry I & II (lecture and laboratory)
  • Biochemistry
  • Speech
  • Theology**
  • Philosophy

*Microbiology lab and Biostatistics are required for students transferring in 2014 and 2015, but not for students transferring in 2016.

**The required Theology course must have been offered through a Theology or Religion department.  Courses offered through other departments such as History, English, Philosophy, or Humanities will not be accepted. However, the College of Pharmacy will accept a Theology course from another institution if it is equivalent to a Theology course taught at Xavier University.  The course will have to be approved by Xavier’s Theology Department before it is accepted.

Xavier College of Pharmacy will accept on-line courses for any of the non-science courses EXCEPT the Fundamentals of Public Speaking course.  All math and science courses must be taken in a class room setting.

As programs continually evolve, please seek updates at http://www.xula.edu/cop/prospective-admission.php?vm=r

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements at Howard University:

  • English I & I ( this requirement met by CORE 150 and 160)
  • General Chemistry I & II ( lecture and lab)
  • General Biology I
  • Anatomy/Physiology I 
  • Anatomy/Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • Calculus
  • Physics I & II (lecture and lab)
  • Organic Chemistry I & II (lecture and laboratory)
  • Biochemistry
  • Speech

As programs continually evolve, please seek updates at http://healthsciences.howard.edu/education/schools-and-academics/pharmacy/programs/entry-level-PharmD