Academic pharmacy administrators' perceptions of core requirements for entry into professional pharmacy programs

Kimberly Broedel-Zaugg, Shauna M. Buring, Nathan Shankar, Robert Soltis, Mary K. Stamatakis, Kathy Zaiken, J. Chris Bradberry

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Objectives. To determine which basic and social science courses academic pharmacy administrators believe should be required for entry into the professional pharmacy program and what they believe should be the required length of preprofessional study. Methods. An online survey was sent to deans of all colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States. Survey respondents were asked to indicate their level of agreement as to whether the basic and social science courses listed in the survey instrument should be required for admission to the professional program. The survey instrument also included queries regarding the optimal length of preprofessional study, whether professional assessment testing should be part of admission requirements, and the respondents' demographic information. Results. The majority of respondents strongly agreed that the fundamental coursework in the basic sciences (general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry) and English composition should be required for entrance into the professional program. Most respondents also agreed that public speaking, ethics, and advanced basic science and math courses (physiology, biochemistry, calculus, statistics) should be completed prior to entering the professional program. The preprofessional requirements that respondents suggested were not necessary included many of the social science courses. Respondents were evenly divided over the ideal length for preprofessional pharmacy education programs. Conclusions. Although requirements for preprofessional admission have been changing, there is no consistent agreement on the content or length of the preprofessional program.

Original languageEnglish
Article number52
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume72
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

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Social sciences
social science
Social Sciences
Biochemistry
Physiology
chemistry
biochemistry
Education
Statistics
physiology
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online survey
Surveys and Questionnaires
biology
speaking
Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy Schools
Organic Chemistry
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  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Education

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Academic pharmacy administrators' perceptions of core requirements for entry into professional pharmacy programs. / Broedel-Zaugg, Kimberly; Buring, Shauna M.; Shankar, Nathan; Soltis, Robert; Stamatakis, Mary K.; Zaiken, Kathy; Bradberry, J. Chris.

In: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 72, No. 3, 52, 2008.

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Broedel-Zaugg, Kimberly ; Buring, Shauna M. ; Shankar, Nathan ; Soltis, Robert ; Stamatakis, Mary K. ; Zaiken, Kathy ; Bradberry, J. Chris. / Academic pharmacy administrators' perceptions of core requirements for entry into professional pharmacy programs. In: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2008 ; Vol. 72, No. 3.
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