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Pre-Pharmacy Advising

Pre-pharmacy advising spans all the years of a student's Whitworth education. Explore your career interests, receive personalized guidance, and gain skills and experience outside of the classroom that will prepare you to be a competitive applicant for pharmacy school.

Why pursue pre-pharmacy advising at Whitworth?

  • Find your calling. Vocational discernment is interwoven into all aspects of pre-pharmacy advising, from mentoring to seminars and guest speaker events.
  • Form connections with professors and advisors who want to see you succeed and will support you every step of the way. Our advisors even continue to assist students after their Whitworth graduation, particularly as they prepare their pharmacy school applications.
  • Take a specialized seminar course that will help you explore career paths.
  • Gain experience working with individuals who are different from you. Enroll in a study abroad program that includes a medical internship, or join a student-run club like En Christo that serves low-income residents in Spokane. You will develop important perspectives you can apply toward a career in which you'll be working with people from all walks of life.
  • Build leadership skills that will strengthen your résumé. At Whitworth, you will have many opportunities to develop into a capable and compassionate leader, whether by volunteering for a worthwhile cause, getting involved with student government or residence life, or serving as a teaching assistant.
  • Develop transferable skills that will make you more effective in your future career and in other areas of life. A Whitworth liberal arts education will prepare you to think critically and communicate clearly.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our pre-pharmacy advising grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our graduates are working as pharmacists across the country.

Recent job placements include:

  • Alex Jensen, pharmacist lead, CHAS Health, Spokane
  • Shauna Leggett, hospital pharmacist, Valley Medical Center, Renton, Wash.

Our recent pre-pharmacy advising graduates further their studies in top pharmacy programs at institutions including:

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • University of Colorado

Ask our pre-pharmacy faculty advisors

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Ask Professor Stevens

Professor Karen Stevens teaches in the chemistry department and advises students pursuing pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry and pre-medicine.

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Ask Professor Ojennus

Professor Deanna Ojennus teaches chemistry and advises students interested in pre-pharmacy and pre-medical technology.

What related majors can I explore?

You may be surprised to learn you can choose any major as a pre-pharmacy student. While it's more common to choose a major in the sciences, pharmacy school applicants can also choose majors in the humanities like history, English and theology, and complete a significant number of credits in the sciences.

The most typical majors chosen by pre-pharmacy students include: