Pharmacy (Pre)


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Program Overview

The pre-pharmacy emphasis area is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities associated with medical schools. The program is reflective of requirements from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). 

A pre-pharmacy Associate of Science degree provides students with the first two (2) years of study required for admission to an accredited pre-pharmacy program. 

Students need to be aware that earning the Associate of Science degree is just the first step in pursuit of a professional career in a medical field. Most advanced degrees in these areas require upwards of eight or more years of study.


  • Provide a basic knowledge of the physical sciences so that the student can develop an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of the drugs encountered in the pharmaceutical profession.
  • Provide basic knowledge of the biological sciences so that the student has an understanding of the effects of drugs on the human body.
  • Provide the student with a foundation of communication skills and social sciences that allows the student to interact successfully with others.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Science in Pharmacy (Pre)

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the median pay for Pharmacists with a doctoral or professional degree was $116,670 per year. Growth in jobs in this field for the decade 2012-2022 was projected to be 14%, as fast as average. (