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About the Prepharmacy Program

Cedarville’s prepharmacy program is a two- or three-year, distinctly Christian program that will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced, professional study in pharmacy. You will also be equipped for various career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry and other pharmacy-related fields.

The School of Pharmacy recently launched the Accelerated two-year prepharmacy program, which allows you to complete the entire pharmacy program in six years! As a high school seniors, you may be eligible to interview for our preferred admission program if you are planning to major in pharmacy. And, preferred admission into Cedarville's Pharm.D. program ensures your spot in graduate school, freeing you to truly enjoy your undergraduate experience.

We have strategically designed the prepharmacy curriculum so the final year of the B.S.P.S. is taken as part of the first year of our graduate pharmacy program. When you are admitted into the Pharm.D. program, this will allow you to complete a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Bible minor, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six or seven years.

At Cedarville University, we’re engaging the dynamic environment of 21st-century healthcare with a solid Christian perspective. We develop future pharmacists who can meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients with faith-informed ethics and commitment.

Accelerated 2-year Prepharmacy Plan              Pharm.D. Preferred Admission

Why Study Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cedarville?

Prepharmacy Program Highlights

Biblical — With biblical integration in every course, you will discover how science and the Bible intersect and will be equipped to serve patients with Christian compassion.

Future Thinking — The School of Pharmacy's Center for Pharmacy Innovation seeks creative, biblical solutions today to meet the healthcare challenges of tomorrow.

Innovative curriculum — Challenging academics, featuring contemporary pharmacy topics and built on a liberal arts core, will prepare you for advanced, professional pharmacy study. You take pharmacy courses every semester as part of the prepharmacy curriculum; many schools wait until the graduate portion of the curriculum to cover this same content.

Mentoring faculty — You will study with and be advised by professors who have high academic credentials as well as extensive clinical and research experience. They are leaders in the pharmacy profession, recognized by their peers, consulted by the media, and sought after as trainers and presenters. Most importantly, they love the Lord and will encourage and guide you every step of your educational journey.

State-of-the-art facilities — You will learn and discover in the spacious, award-winning Health Sciences Center, which features the latest in instructional technology and pharmacy laboratory and simulation equipment. The Center also includes multiple group meeting rooms for collaborative research and study.

What Can I Do With Prepharmacy?

You will graduate equipped with a strong foundation to begin your professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. Most students in the B.S.P.S. program move directly and seamlessly into the final years of Cedarville’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. A few pursue other graduate programs. More than 90% of students completing the B.S.P.S. degree at Cedarville University will be successful in completing their Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine, or other graduate program.

Students completing the B.S.P.S. degree alone may be considered for the following types of positions:

  • Lab Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Sales Representative
  • Pharmacist Assistants in Managed Care
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Researcher or Research Assistant

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You will have opportunities for cocurricular experiences to enhance your coursework.

Hands-on experiences — You can work as a pharmacy technician or research assistant.

Outreach — You may participate in a short-term medical missions trip.

Student organizations — Join a student chapter of a professional organization to explore the pharmaceutical industry and network with professionals. Experiences include field trips to area pharmacies, special presentations by practicing pharmacists, pharmacy research projects with fellow students or professors, service projects in the region, and medical missions trips.

PCAT preparation — During your second year, the School of Pharmacy provides Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) training to prepare you for this important exam.

A Different Kind of Pharmacy School

Highly credentialed Christian faculty, first-rate equipment, and innovative curriculum - all integrated with a biblical worldview - make Cedarville's School of Pharmacy unique.

Center for Pharmacy Innovation

Cedarville University's Center for Pharmacy Innovation seeks to advance the profession of pharmacy by developing novel approaches to patient care and expanding pharmacists' roles as part of a collaborative healthcare team.

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How long is pharmacy school at Cedarville? Earn your doctorate of pharmacy in 6 or 7 years.

Earn Your Degree Sooner and Save $$

Choose the two-year prepharmacy option and you can complete your Pharm.D. in six years instead of seven, saving up to $20,000 on your overall costs.

The Health Sciences Center

Health Sciences Center

Take a look at the School of Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art labs and simulation equipment. Then, picture yourself studying pharmacy at Cedarville University.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2019 graduates from the School of Pharmacy were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

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Program Faculty

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Marc Sweeney, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Dean, Professor of Pharmacy Practice

  • Location HSC 238A
  • Phone 937-766-7480
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Jeff Bates, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

  • Location HSC 238 B
  • Phone 937-766-3016
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Prepharmacy Program Curriculum

Building on your general education and Bible minor foundation, you will take core science courses and a series of classes that introduce you to the pharmacy profession. You will also take courses that will build qualitative research skills, equipping you for the research expected in your professional pharmacy curriculum.

Traditional Plan (3-Year)Accelerated Plan (2-Year)

Sample courses:
  • Profession of Pharmacy – History and Issues
  • Profession of Pharmacy – Introduction to Public Health
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog