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Pre-Pharmacy, Associate of Science Degree in Science and Mathematics

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A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is the minimum educational level required of anyone who wishes to practice as a pharmacist. Usually, this degree is obtained after five or (more commonly ) six years of study beyond high school. Preparation for a program in pharmacy includes study in chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics.

This two-year degree gives students the prerequisites usually necessary for transfer into a PharmD program as a junior. Check the websites of the colleges you are considering, as prerequisites may vary slightly and other requirements may be needed for admission, such as the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Careers in the health professions continue to have better-than-average employment projections. Educational requirements, particularly in the sciences, are rigorous and precise and admission to programs in Pharmacy is very competitive. Although RVCC students have successfully transferred into a number of PharmD programs, many students apply for a relatively small number of transfer admissions, particularly in the immediate area. Students are therefore encouraged to seek the assistance of the College’s transfer counselors to identify transfer institutions offering appropriate PharmD programs. Also, for more information, please refer to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) website at http://www.aacp.org/about/Pages/Vitalstats.aspx.

Graduates are able to:

  • exhibit an understanding of scientific methods
  • use the theories and concepts of modern chemistry, biology and physics to analyze and solve scientific problems
  • perform laboratory experiments using modern equipment and techniques
  • communicate the results of their analyses, laboratory investigations and literature searches in an appropriate professional writing style
  • understand both the historical perspective of the chemical and biological sciences, and their relationship to the modern world


Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.



Curriculum – A.S. Degree

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Total Credits 66 - 70

1 Students may take the technological competency test (no credit) to meet this requirement.

2 Mathematics by official placement test. Students must complete through MATH 113 Precalculus II . If students place above MATH 113 Precalculus II , it is recommended that they take MATH 151 Calculus I . Once minimum math requirement is met, free electives may be used in place of mathematics credit if applicable.

3 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list. For transfer to the Rutgers School of Pharmacy, ECON 102 Microeconomics  is a recommended Social Science. Students wishing to continue a foreign language previously studied to satisfy a Humanities requirement must take a foreign language placement test. For more information, see Foreign Language Placement Testing & Degree Requirements . 

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