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Idaho State University (ISU) provides students with a clear path toward completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and to become pharmacists.  Students typically declare pre-pharmacy as a major or minor, but do not need to complete a bachelor’s degree before entering the PharmD program.  The pre-pharmacy curriculum takes 2-3 years to complete. 

The ISU College of Pharmacy offers a 4-year PharmD program that can be completed in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho or in Anchorage, Alaska.  Students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Boise, Pocatello, or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Reno, Nevada or Anchorage, Alaska.  Completing the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the PharmD program to become a pharmacist will typically take 6-7 years.

Students seeking admission to the ISU PharmD program must complete all pre-pharmacy and general education requirements, except for biochemistry, by the end of the spring term of the year students apply.  Biochemistry may be completed in the early summer session prior to admission. Pre-pharmacy requirements may be completed at any accredited two- or four-year college.

Prerequisite Courses:



ISU Course

General Biology I and Lab

4 credits

BIOL 1101, 1101L


4 credits

BIOL 2233, 2233L

Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Labs

8 credits

BIOL 2227, 2227L, 2228, 2228L or BIOL 3301, 3301L, 3302, 3302L


3 credits

BIOL 4432

General Chemistry I & II and Labs

9 credits

CHEM 1111,1111L, 1112, 1112L

Organic Chemistry I & II and Labs

8 credits

CHEM 3301, 3303, 3302, 3304

General Physics I (Lab may not be required)

3 credits

PHYS 1111

Statistical Reasoning

3 credits

MATH 1153

Survey of Calculus

3 credits

MATH 1160

Macro- or Microeconomics

3 credits

ECON 2201 or ECON 2202

The pre-pharmacy curriculum requirements vary slightly between different pharmacy programs.  Visit the Pharmcy College Application Service's directory for a complete list of pharmacy programs and admissions requirements. 

Explore pharmacy with the following resources:

The Profession of Pharmacy – A Bright Future (YouTube Video)

Pharmacy is Right for Me

American Pharmacist Association

To learn more about the ISU PharmD program, visit their website, contact (208) 282-4597 or email pharmacy@isu.edu.

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