Planning to major in chemistry, biology or biochemistry? A career in pharmacy may await you. Central students succeed in securing acceptance into pharmacy programs with help from an on-campus pre-health adviser, internship coordinator and academic advisers to ensure that you complete the required courses, maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher and take advantage of many opportunities for research and professional development.
Although entrance requirements vary, a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education is considered excellent preparation for pharmacy school. Central’s pre-professional program prepares you to pursue pharmacy education in graduate school. With the help of your adviser, you will choose a major such as biology, chemistry or biochemistry that best prepares you for further study.
Students interested in the pharmacy program are able to shadow local professionals for limited hours. Shadowing opportunities are available across the state including Pella Regional Health Center, Broadlawns Medical Center and Ottumwa Wellness Center.
Most pharmacy students major in biochemistry, chemistry or biology. Central’s chemistry department is certified by the American Chemical Society, ensuring the strong scientific background necessary for graduate school. Regardless of major choice, students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in biology, chemistry, math, economics, English/rhetoric and psychology.
The Central College Career Center provides the following activities to help pre-health students narrow career options: individual appointments to identify career options in the health field, job shadowing opportunities with local professionals or Central alumni, assistance with finding and applying for internships and summer opportunities, help with graduate school applications and much more. Prior to admission, students must obtain pharmacy tech experience.
Cathy Haustein, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry instrumental analysis, the extraction of alkaloids from natural products, fluorescence spectroscopy and fiction writing
James Shriver, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: organic chemistry, molecular engineering and design, supramolecular chemistry and anion binding
Paul Weihe, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, interest areas include: wetland ecosystems, ethnobotany, ecology and environmental science
Thanks to Central's small class and laboratory section size, faculty can provide each student with individualized attention and the opportunity to develop skills necessary for graduate school. Our faculty members also provide personalized advising that ensures students meet the coursework requirements for graduate school. And to help students get into graduate school, faculty provide letters of recommendation that make a vital difference in the decision process for acceptance into medical programs.
Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.
Central faculty provide students with many research and professional development opportunities, of which students are encouraged to take full advantage while on campus. Opportunities include undergraduate research and presentations at scientific meetings, internships, shadowing programs, targeted service-learning opportunities related to career goals and much more.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago or Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.