Pre-Pharmacy Information

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in pharmacy are excellent. Federal projections indicate that employment in pharmacy will grow faster than the national average.

Pharmacy includes professionals who provide a broad spectrum of pharmacy-related patient care services in community settings such as drug stores, hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities. Other aspects of pharmacy work include professionals involved in research, industry and education.

Acceptance to a pharmacy program is highly competitive.  Students first must complete a two-year program at College of DuPage before applying for admission to a College of Pharmacy. The pharmacy programs require an additional three years of study leading to a bachelor's degree in pharmacy or four years resulting in a Pharm.D. degree. The total period of full-time academic work is five to six years.

The Pre-Pharmacy program at College of DuPage concentrates on science and mathematics. Students considering this program should have a demonstrated aptitude for science and mathematics, because entry into colleges of pharmacy is competitive. 


Program Requirements



Faculty Advisors

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field.

Jason Adams

(630) 942-2272

Kathleen Finan

(630) 942-3726

Julie Gibbs

(630) 942-2262

Mary Newberg
(630) 942-4066

Karen Persky

(630) 942-3932

Chris Petersen, Ph.D.
Biology, Zoology
(630) 942-2517

Thomas Ruehlmann, Ph.D.
Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology
(630) 942-3064


Contact Information

Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331