North Park University’s pre-professional track for pharmacy is a sequence of courses and advising that will give you a solid foundation for your applications to competitive pharmacy schools around the country. The pre-pharmacy track should accompany a major—most often chemistry or biology—where you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of our natural world.


Pre-pharmacy students are advised by faculty in the Chemistry Department, often Dr. Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe, and the director of health professions advising, Viviana Martinez. Dr. Rienstra-Kiracofe is the Chemistry Department chair and teaches general chemistry, physical chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Viviana has years of previous undergraduate academic advising experience guiding and advising students achieve their academic goals. They will speak with you about your particular interests in pharmacy, and help you stay on track throughout your program at North Park. Our Pre-Health Advising Committee—a group of faculty in the Division of Life and Physical Science and the director of health professions advising—will work with you to make sure you are prepared for your applications and interviews for pharmacy school.

Course Sequences and Activities

We recommend you take the following courses alongside your major and Core Curriculum requirements to prepare for pharmacy schools and a career in pharmacy. Some courses may also meet major/Core Curriculum requirements.

Recommended Core Courses
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Zoology
  • Introduction to Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Introductory Chemistry I and II
  • Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Human Physiology
  • Public Speaking
  • Physics (taken in the summer following second year)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Calculus I or Statistics
  • Biology or Chemistry Elective
Other Recommendations
  • You should take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) during the summer following your third year.

Download a PDF of recommended courses.

Pre-Pharmacy Program