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. Provides students with a solid foundation using a set of carefully selected courses, which will maximize the transfer of course work. Courses were selected to include the general admission criteria used by pharmacy schools and formal transfer agreements HFC maintains with many of the universities throughout Michigan. Pre-Pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to work closely with the Pre-Pharmacy coordinator before they select their courses.

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 by students primarily interested in applying to pharmacy schools. The second program option at HFC is a one-year Pharmacy Technician program. The technician curriculum prepares the students for employment assisting pharmacists. Courses in the Pharmacy Technician program prepare students for employment immediately. Pharmacy technician courses do not transfer to pharmacy schools. (See the Pharmacy Technician brochure for more information on the one-year certificate program).

NOTE: If a student’s primary intent is to become a pharmacist, the Associate in Science Degree in Pre-Pharmacy is the program of study 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 analysis 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 with each individual program. There are three pharmacy programs in Michigan as well as the 17+ pharmacy programs in the general Midwest region. Because admission to pharmacy schools is so competitive, students interested in becoming a pharmacist should explore all of their options, including current admission requirements for multiple pharmacy schools.

HFC maintains close contact with many 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 and discuss their programs with HFC 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.

NOTE: Students should meet with the Pre-Pharmacy coordinator on a regular basis to select and sequence program of study courses.

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.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Science degrees require at least 24 credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below.

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credit hours: 27

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Humanities: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.

  2. Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education, Required Support, and Required Core Courses in this program.

  3. Social Science: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific Requirements have been met.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
79.0 (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 Sciences Division: 313-845-9877, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Theresa Mozug: 313-317-6548,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as: