Advising for students interested in the pre-pharmacy program is done by Dr. Erich Ottem, Biology Department, 906-227-1072; email:

Students wishing to pursue a career in pharmacy must fulfill a doctor of pharmacy program. The prerequisites for the doctor of pharmacy program may be completed at Northern Michigan University.The actual doctor of pharmacy must be earned at one of the nation's pharmacy schools. Within Michigan, the doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) is available from Ferris State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Another option, the Ph.D. in pharmacy, is also available from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, but this degree usually require earning the bachelor’s degree in chemistry or pharmacy first.

The specific courses you should take in the pre-pharmacy program at Northern Michigan University will vary depending on which pharmacy school you are planning to attend. However, some of the courses that are common to many pharmacy schools are listed below.

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Pre-Professional Programs department page.

For related information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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*Additional course work is dependent upon the intended pharmacy school.