The pharmacist is a vital collaborator in the healthcare process. As newer and more complicated drugs enter the marketplace, pharmacists are the ones who fill patient prescriptions for these drugs and explain how to use them. The median expected annual pay for a typical Pharmacist in the United States in 2014 is $121,142. Students who major in pre-pharmacy should expect to complete courses in math, chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus in preparation for entry into a pharmacy program. General education courses in the social sciences, humanities, and written and oral communication are also required for the pre-pharmacy student.
The Associate in Science degree program provides students with the analytical skills and scientific knowledge to expand and apply critical thinking to all facets of learning. The expected program outcome is to provide a comprehensive lower division education for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.