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Pathway to Pharmacy

Students interested in pursuing a career in Pharmacy begin their studies at UMBC by following our Pre-Pharmacy curriculum, which consists of at least three years worth of pre-requisites (~89 credits), followed by four years in a pharmacy school at another institution. Given the number of credits required of preparatory coursework, an increasing number of students are planning to complete a bachelor’s degree at UMBC prior to continuing their professional studies in Pharmacy. This option entitles students to assemble a more competitive overall portfolio for admission.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Pathway

  • Complete the necessary pre-requisites for all schools in which you are applying (~3 years) OR complete BS/BA degree at UMBC in addition to completing necessary pre-requisites (~4 years)
  • Apply to accredited PharmD programs
  • Complete PharmD degree (4 years) & required internship program while in Pharmacy School
  • Pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX®) Examination
  • Begin practicing as a licensed Pharmacist

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacists is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages of Pharmacists were $106,410 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $92,670 and $121,310. (Reference:Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Pharmacists, on the Internet here (visited May 23, 2013).