The courses listed below are those most commonly required for admission. The requirements of individual schools must be reviewed after the sophomore year. All require an entrance exam. See the list of Puget Sound curriculum guides (which includes tracks for pre-med, pre-dentistry, and pre-vet).
Requirements vary by type of nursing program. R.N., Accelerated BSN (for those students with a previous bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field), NP-Nurse Practitioner (nurses who have received masters level training beyond the R.N.), Masters (for those students with a previous bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field). Visit www.aacn.nche.edu, the national voice for America's baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs to learn about specific program requirements.
Generally, students follow this program for 2+ years before transferring to a college of pharmacy, where four more years are spent in the professional program leading to a PharmD degree. Students need to check individual schools' requirements.
1 year of biology
1 course in microbiology
2 years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
1 year of physics
Math including calculus (statistics is recommended)
Human anatomy and physiology
Biochemistry (Bio 361 will work for most programs but UW requires Chem 460 & 461)
See the AACP's full list of prerequisites for individual pharmacy schools.
Look into PA programs you want to apply to as early as your freshman year in college.
You’ll typically need to complete at least two years of college coursework in basic and behavioral sciences before applying to a PA program, which is very similar to premedical studies.
The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:
Most PA programs also require prior health care experience with hands-on patient care.
You can get health care experience by being a (not an exhaustive list):
Emergency medical technician (EMT)
Medic or medical corpsman
Peace Corps volunteer
Emergency room technician
Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Most students have a bachelor’s degree and about three years of health care experience before entering a program.