Are you interested in learning about how medications are used effectively to treat patients? Do you want to help others understand the use, storage, and side effects of the medication they take? Does contributing to researching and testing of new medications sound exciting? Check into our Pre-Pharmacy program.

Interested in this program?

Why should I choose this program?

The Pre-pharmacy program will prepare you for transfer to a 4-year institution to complete advanced degrees (bachelor's and/or PharmD), leading to a career as a pharmacist. The courses in the program of study have been carefully selected using the admission requirements for a number of high-quality pharmacy programs as a guide to maximize the transfer of your HFC coursework. Courses also accommodate formal transfer agreements HFC maintains with many of the universities.

The need for pharmacists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2022 to 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This is a highly paid field.

What skills will I learn and improve?

Male pharmacist showing a female patient a document.
  • Apply principles of general and organic chemistry.
  • Differentiate between algebraic and trigonometric concepts.
  • Apply biological concepts and principles in the analysis of biological processes.
  • Accurately interpret and act upon written communication (can be complex and scientific).
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills, both orally and in writing.

What are my career opportunities?

A woman wearing a hijab working in a pharmacy.

Median Salary (Pharmacy is a highly paid profession. A PharmD degree is required to practice as a Pharmacist. The HFC pre-pharmacy program gives you your first two years toward a 6-year or 8-year program of professional study.)

You will have the option to take your skills to many different areas. These include pharmacies in:

  • Drugstores
  • General merchandise stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities

Program features and benefits

Male pharmacist and female pharmacist talking.
  • Flexible class scheduling.
  • Most courses offered every semester, allowing you to complete your program as quickly as you want.
  • Transfer opportunities


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.

Cynthia Scheuer, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Health and Human Services