Studying Pre-Pharmacy at Regis

Student mixing chemicals during pre-pharmacy program at Regis College.
The pre-pharmacy program in Regis College offers students prerequisite courses required for application to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program in the School of Pharmacy. While the School of Pharmacy does not guarantee admission to Regis undergraduate students, individuals who have completed their prerequisite courses at Regis University are guaranteed an onsite admissions interview.


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The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Regis University in Denver is a 2+4 format meaning that applicants must complete a minimum of 2 years (72 semester hours) of prerequisite coursework prior to applying to the four-year professional program. Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is competitive. Applicants do not have to earn a bachelor's degree prior to applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Regis University; however, many applicants have a bachelors and/or masters degree.

The presence of a School of Pharmacy in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions provides our undergraduates with a special opportunity. While the School of Pharmacy does not offer an early assurance program for entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, Regis University pre-pharmacy students are afforded a guaranteed opportunity to participate in interviews for admission provided they have completed at least three semesters of full-time study at Regis, meet minimum admission requirements and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their prerequisite mathematics and life sciences courses. Students must also have achieved a score of 30% or greater on the PCAT. Pre-pharmacy students can participate in the pre-pharmacy club on campus, and are assigned an advisor from the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

Rapid growth of the health care and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population, has created strong, increasing demand for trained pharmacists. A career in pharmacy offers opportunities to advance health care and health sciences so people can live stronger, healthier lives.  It's also a career that offers great pay and flexibility.

Pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care in a variety of settings. Most visible is the community pharmacist who practices in the local, independently-owned pharmacy, chain pharmacy, pharmacy department in a food or discount store, or professional health center. Other practice opportunities exist for pharmacists in hospitals, home health care, nursing homes and extended care facilities, neighborhood health centers, and health maintenance organizations. In all these practice settings, pharmacists are responsible for direct patient care. They manage systems designed to assure that each patient receives the appropriate medication in the correct form and dosage, at the correct time, and that the patient understands the intended and proper use of the medication.

Pharmacists are also employed by firms that discover, develop, and produce chemicals, prescription and nonprescription drugs, and other health products. Pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry conduct research, develop and market products, maintain quality control, and administer programs. (Taken from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy).

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Pharmacy Program Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses (minimum of 72 semester hours) must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy. You may be admitted prior to completion of all prerequisites, contingent upon successful completion by the start of classes.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

44 SH

General Biology and Lab I
4 SH
General Biology and Lab II
4 SH
General Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
General Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Microbiology and Lab
4 SH
Calculus I
4 SH
Human Anatomy and Lab
4 SH
Human Physiology and Lab
4 SH

Written and Oral Communication

6 SH

English Composition
3 SH
Speech Communication
3 SH

Social Sciences

9 SH

3 SH
3 SH
Social Science Elective
3 SH


13 SH

3 SH
3 SH
Religious Studies
3 SH
General Elective
4 SH


72 SH

Due to the dynamic nature of knowledge in the biological and chemical sciences, there is a seven year limit on those prerequisite courses. However, this time limit may be waived if the applicant has a prior bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants with such a prior degree and who have completed the prerequisites will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Pharmacy credits obtained at another school or college of pharmacy are not eligible for transfer to the Regis University School of Pharmacy.

If you have questions about transfer of credit from another academic institution, please contact:
Office of Admissions

Prerequisite Guide

If you are a pre-pharmacy student at Regis University, we’ve provided a suggested sequence for those who plan to complete the prerequisites in two years. Prerequisites may change, please consult your advisor to discuss your course schedule and view the latest prerequisite courses.