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Pharmacy School Admission

Schools or colleges of pharmacy are graduate schools designed to prepare students to become pharmacists.  Santa Ana College does not have a pharmacy school. 
Santa Ana College does offer courses that prepare you to enter a pharmacy school.  While pharmacy school prerequisites vary from school to school, most pharmacy schools require a minimum of 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of general education courses, with emphasis on biology and chemistry.  The Academic Counseling Center and University Transfer Center at Santa Ana College can provide information on the courses that articulate with the various pharmacy schools.

Competition for admission to the schools of pharmacy is vigorous.  Most successful applicants have completed a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) with a high GPA.  Many also have some familiarity with the pharmacy profession through employment as a pharmacy technician or clerk.

Once admitted to pharmacy school, students generally complete four years of academic and clinical coursework to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Some schools of pharmacy offer compressed calendars, which allow students to finish in three years by attending school year-round.

Practicing pharmacists have earned a degree in pharmacy, completed an internship, and have passed the pharmacist licensing exams.  Current requirements for California pharmacist licensure are available from the Board of Pharmacy web site.  

California now has 13 schools of pharmacy, all of which offer an entry-level PharmD program:

Ketchum University School of Pharmacy: the following are pre-requisites (transferrable courses), in addition to an A.S. Degree in Pharmacy Technology or equivalents (please contact Ketchum University for further requirement).  Please also see their website for accreditation status.

Santa Ana College

Updated 4/15/2016

Our goal is to provide an up-to-date articulation agreement.  However, course content and descriptions constantly change; therefore, we cannot guarantee that this information is fully up-to-date or correct.  It is up to each applicant to prove that he or she has met MBKU's prerequisite requirements.  If you have any concerns about whether a course will indeed meet the requirements, please have it reviewed by an MBKU admissions advisor by copying a course description from the school's online catalog and emailing it to PharmDadmissions@ketchum.edu. Please also specify the name of the school that offers the course and the quarter/semester units for the course. 

Each course (of 3 semester or 4 quarter units) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:

MBKU RequirementSanta Ana Course*Credit Requirements
General Biology w/labs BIOL (211) (212) (214) Two Courses Required; Labs Included

6 semester or 9 quarter units

(one year sequence)

Microbiology w/labsBIOL (139) or (229) 3 semester or 4 quarter units
Anatomy w/labsBIOL (239) Lab Included3 semester or 4 quarter units
Physiology w/labsBIOL (249) Lab Included3 semester or 4 quarter units
General Chemistry w/labs CHEM (219, 229) Labs Included

6 semester or 9 quarter units

(one year sequence)

Organic Chemistry w/labs CHEM (249, 259) Labs Included

6 semester or 9 quarter units

(one year sequence)

BiochemistryBio (211)3 semester or 4 quarter units
Calculus MATH (150) or (180)3 semester or 4 quarter units
PsychologyPSYC (100) or (250)3 semester or 4 quarter units
EconomicsECON (120) or (121)3 semester or 4 quarter units
EnglishENGL (101) (102) (103) PHIL (110)  Two Courses Required6 semester or 8 quarter units
Behavioral or Social Science courseIGETC approved list- Area 4; excluding courses already fulfilling a stated pre-requisite3 semester or 4 quarter units
Communication courseCMST (102) Online Course Are Not Accepted for This Requirement3 semester or 4 quarter units

 

* Honor equivalents of all listed courses are approved.


University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy

       Click to see transferrable courses from SAC http://www.assist.org/web-assist/report.do?agreement=aa&reportPath=REPORT_2&reportScript=Rep2.pl&event=19&dir=1&sia=SAC&ria=UCSFP&ia=SAC&oia=UCSFP&aay=15-16&ay=15-16&dora=PHARM

University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy

       Click to see transferrable courses from SAC  http://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/programs/pharmd/pharmdprogram/admission/equivalencies/

University of the Pacific (UOP) School of Pharmacy

       Click on link to see transferrable courses from SAC http://www.pacific.edu/Admission/Graduate-Professional/Pharmacy/Transferable-courses-from-your-school.html

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

       Click on link to see transferrable courses from SAC  http://jprod.westernu.edu/wu/admn_prerequisite/cw_view/view_college_record.jsp?COLLEGE_ID=315&COLLEGE_NAME=Santa+Ana+College&DEPT_NAME=Pharm&


 California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy 
Precandidate Status
120 N. Clovis Ave.
Clovis, CA 93612
Wendy  Duncan, PhD 
Interim Dean and Provost 
Tel: 559-325-3600
E-Mail: wduncan@chsu.org
Web Site: http://chsu.org 
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy 
Accredited
9700 W. Taron Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Hieu   Tran, PharmD 
Dean 
Tel: 916-631-8108
FAX: 916-631-8127
E-Mail: hieu.tran@cnsu.edu
Web Site: pharmacy.cnsu.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

Chapman University School of Pharmacy 
Precandidate Status
9401 Jeronimo Rd.
Ste. 212
Irvine, CA 92618
Ronald P. Jordan, RPh, FAPhA 
Dean 
Tel: 714-516-5486
FAX: 714-516-5481
E-Mail: rpjordan@chapman.edu
Web Site: www.chapman.edu/pharmacy
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)  School of Pharmacy 
Candidate Status
535 Watson Drive
Claremont, CA 91711
Kathy D Webster, PharmD, PhD 
Founding Dean and Professor 
Tel: 909-607-8565
E-Mail: kathy_webster@kgi.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy 
Accredited
West Hall 1316
11262 Campus Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Ronald L. Carter, PhD 
Interim Dean 
Tel: 909-558-7442
FAX: 909-558-7973
E-Mail: provost@llu.edu
Web Site: www.llu.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

Touro University - California College of Pharmacy 
Accredited
1310 Club Drive
Mare Island
Vallejo, CA 94592
Rae R. Matsumoto, PhD 
Dean 
Tel: 707-638-5221
FAX: 707-638-5266
E-Mail: rae.matsumoto@tu.edu 
Web Site: www.tu.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Accredited
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0657
La Jolla, CA 92093-0657
James H. McKerrow, MD, PhD 
Dean 
Tel: 858-534-1366
FAX: 858-534-8248
E-Mail: jmckerrow@ucsd.edu 
Web Site: www.ucsd.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy  
Accredited
UCSF Box 0403 
513 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD 
Dean and Professor 
Tel: 415-476-1225
FAX: 415-502-3612
E-Mail: dean@pharmacy.ucsf.edu
Web Site: pharmacy.ucsf.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
Detailed BS Accreditation History
 

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy 
Accredited
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121
Glen  L.  Stimmel, PharmD, BCPP 
Interim Dean 
Tel: 323-442-1369
FAX: 323-442-1681
E-Mail: phardean@usc.edu or knipe@pharmacy.usc.edu
Web Site: usc.edu/schools/pharmacy
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
Detailed BS Accreditation History
 

University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 
Accredited
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 92350
Phillip  Oppenheimer, PharmD 
Dean 
Tel: 209-946-2561
FAX: 209-946-2410
E-Mail: poppenhe@pacific.edu
Web Site: www.pacific.edu/pharmacy/index.html
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
Detailed BS Accreditation History
 

West Coast University School of Pharmacy 
Candidate Status
590 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Reza  Taheri, PharmD 
Interim Dean 
Tel: 866-424-7476
E-Mail: rtaheri@westcoastuniversity.edu
Web Site: pharmacy.westcoastuniversity.edu/
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History
 

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy 
Accredited
309 E. Second Street
Ponoma , CA 91766-1854
Daniel C. Robinson, PharmD 
Dean 
Tel: 909-469-5581
FAX: 909-469-5539
E-Mail: drobinson@westernu.edu
Web Site: www.westernu.edu
Detailed PharmD Accreditation History

There are  many other schools of pharmacy in the United States, offering both traditional and nontraditional training programs.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) web site provides information on careers in pharmacy, as well as detailed information for the schools of pharmacy.  Prospective pharmacy students should also research the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
 

Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: www.accjc.org.