Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Science

Prepares students interested in becoming pharmacists for transfer to a 4-year institution. The courses outlined in the program of study have been carefully selected using the basic admission requirements for a number of pharmacy programs as a guide. This program prepares students with a solid foundation using a set of carefully selected courses, which will maximize the transfer of course work. These courses were selected considering the general admission criteria used by pharmacy schools and the formal transfer agreements HFC maintains with many of the universities throughout Michigan. Pre-Pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to work closely with the Pharmacy Coordinator before they select their courses in order to be certain that these courses are covered by the transfer agreements.

Pharmacy Options

HFC offers our students two distinct program options. The first option is the Pre-Pharmacy Academic Transfer program, which is designed for the transfer of course work for those students primarily interested in applying to pharmacy schools. The second program option at HFC is our one-year Pharmacy Technician program. The technician curriculum prepares the students for employment assisting pharmacists after completion of the program. Unlike the Pre-Pharmacy program, the courses in the Pharmacy Technician program prepare students for employment immediately and not for transfer nor for those students primarily interested in applying to pharmacy schools. (See the Pharmacy Technician brochure for more information on that one-year certificate program).

If a student’s primary intent is on becoming a pharmacist, then the Associate in Science Degree in Pre-Pharmacy program is the curriculum which should be followed.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Incorporate principles of general and organic chemistry to apply concepts
  • Differentiate between algebraic and trigonometric concepts
  • Communicate personal abilities to write effectively
  • Apply biological concepts and principals in the anallysis of biological processes
  • Interpret written forms of communication
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Educational Requirements

Admission to pharmacy schools is highly competitive and very selective. Typically, pharmacy programs will use some variation of grades and admission test scores in their selection process. The specific admission criteria for schools of pharmacy vary between each individual program. For a list of the three programs in Michigan as well as the 17 plus pharmacy programs in the general Midwest region, please contact the Health Careers office. Because admission to pharmacy schools is so competitive, students interested in becoming a pharmacist should explore all of their options and need to review the current admission requirements for not just one but several pharmacy schools.

HFCC maintains close contact with a number of pharmacy programs in an effort to keep the program of study and course transfer agreements up-to-date. Annually, admission representatives from a number of pharmacy programs are on campus to visit with and discuss their programs with HFCC students.

Students need to contact, visit and frequently monitor for themselves the admission requirements for their target Pharmacy Schools as these requirements do periodically change.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete 6 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG 131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  2. Complete 24 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  3. Complete 6 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Students should contact the Health Careers Division to determine CIS 100 or BCA 140 course options based on educational needs for transfer.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
71.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Health Careers


Health Careers • (313) 845-9877 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-132
Theresa Mozug • (313) 317-6548 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: H-133J

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include: