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AACPPharmacists dispense medications prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and monitor patient health. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications.

Pharmacists must understand the use, clinical effects and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological and physical properties. Pharmacists are the medication experts.  They protect the public by ensuring drug purity and strength.

The goal of pharmacy care is to maximize positive health care outcomes and improve patients' quality of life with minimum risk. Most pharmacists work in a community setting, such as a retail drug store, or in a hospital or clinic.

Recent graduates of PennWest Clarion have been accepted to the following Pharmacy programs:

Duquesne University LECOM
Ohio State University VA Tech


Required Coursework: Semesters:
Biology w/Labs 2
General Chemistry w/Labs 2
Organic Chemistry w/Labs 2
General Microbiology 1
Anatomy & Physiology w/Labs 2
Physics w/Labs 1
English 1
Calculus 1
Elementary Statistics 1
Recommended Coursework:
Biochemistry 1
English 1 additional semester
Biochemistry 1 additional semester
Social and Behavioral Science 1
Micro and Macro Economics 1
Public Speaking 1
Program Requirements:
GPA Minimum:  3.2; Average:  3.5
Average PCAT 425
Average Job Shadow Hours 60+
Average patient contact hours through
volunteer or employment


Typical Clarion Degree Programs associated with Pharmacy concentrations

While it is required to be awarded a four year undergraduate degree, there is no specific degree associated for any pharmacy program admissions. Therefore, a student may seek any four year degree program as long as they obtained the required coursework listed above. However, below are the most common degree programs associated with a pre-pharmacy concentration. Click on the link to view a typical four year plan that schedules the degree as well as the pharmacy program requirements.
BS Biology BS Molecular Biology
BS Chemistry BA Sociology
BA Psychology BS Psychology

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Last Updated 5/26/23