University Studies: Pharmacy (Pre-Professional)


About this Program

Today's pharmacists strive to work with their patients to determine what their needs are and what care should be provided in order to best meet these needs. Identifying, resolving and preventing medication-related problems is at the core of a pharmacists work.

You can begin your pharmacy studies at MHC and then apply to transfer to another institution. Choosing university transfer studies at Medicine Hat College can offer you many advantages. Lower tuition costs, smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with instructors can prepare you for a smooth transition into a larger university.

High School
(Alberta High School Courses or equivalents with a minimum 60% average in the required courses)

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1
  • One additional 30-level academic subject

Mature Student (21 years of age)
The following are minimum admission requirements. Please see an advisor for additional course-specific pre-requisites.

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1
Please see the program calendar or consult with an academic advisor for an up to date set of courses related to Pharmacy.

Pharmacists have career opportunities far beyond the pharmacy counter. Alternate employment opportunities include:

  • Hospitals and Other Institutions - Many Canadian pharmacists are employed in hospitals and related health institutions. Their role is critical to ensuring that patients in hospitals, frequently on complicated and potentially toxic medications, receive safe and effective therapy.
  • Industry - The Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada works to discover, develop, manufacture and market prescription and nonprescription medicines, providing challenging environments where pharmacists can utilize their skills and education and make valuable contributions to society.
  • Government - Pharmacists in government deal with the laws affecting drug products and pharmacy practice. They work for the federal or provincial governments or for the provincial licensing bodies responsible for ensuring that pharmacists practice according to the law. These licensing bodies exist to protect the public.
  • Education and Research - Careers in the Pharmacy Schools at Canadian universities provide emphasis in three main areas - teaching, research and community service. Pharmacy professors have the satisfaction of developing the pharmacists of tomorrow, of contributing to the profession through work with pharmacy associations and continuing education. Pharmacists in this field usually have advanced degrees such as a Master's Degree, Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Pharmacy.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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