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Dream of becoming a pharmacist? USD provides specialized programs and thoughtfully designed coursework to prepare you for pharmacy school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Pharmacy

If you aim to pursue a career in pharmacy, strategic planning of your undergraduate program is crucial to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to pharmacy school. Pharmacists play a pivotal role in health care, focusing on the safe and effective use of medications to promote overall well-being. 

The University of South Dakota's pre-pharmacy path is designed to give students the necessary education for pharmacy school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for information about how to apply to pharmacy programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-pharmacy program does not lead to a degree. Explore the details provided below and refer to our frequently asked questions to gain insights into how the pre-pharmacy program will shape your USD education and prepare you for success.

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USD's pre-pharmacy program is tailored to equip you for pharmacy school applications. Although you won't graduate with a degree in pre-pharmacy, the program complements your major, offering a comprehensive pre-professional curriculum. Advising is crucial for navigating any pre-professional path, so be sure to communicate your interest in pharmacy school with your advisor and inquire about how this choice will shape your education at USD.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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