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We think you’ll feel right at home at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Whether you are looking to start your pre-pharmacy courses or are ready to apply to the program, we invite you to learn why we’ve been the choice for talented professionals for more than 130 years.

Current High School Students

Pharmacy school may seem far away, but it is never too early to start preparing for your future. This section provides insight into the steps necessary to become a successful pharmacy student and ultimately, become a successful pharmacist. You can expect to read more information on the following topics:

About a Pharmacy Career


Financing your Pharmacy Education

If you have questions, please contact the School of Pharmacy. Our team helps students from varied backgrounds apply, enroll and achieve careers in pharmacy.

How to Prepare

Take the right classes

Any class you take should help you develop a solid foundation in math and science. And if you have an opportunity to take an AP or IB class – go for it! They will help prepare you for the coursework you’ll encounter in college and, eventually, in pharmacy school. To see how your AP/IB credit will transfer to UMKC, please visit the Transfer Credit webpage.

Your high school may also offer dual enrollment courses, which allow you to earn college credits while still attending high school. These are a great way to get a jump on your pharmacy prerequisites. Be sure to check our website to find out which classes will transfer. Simply visit this page and choose the college or university where you received dual enrollment credit.

Gain pharmacy experience

Become a pharmacy technician – Working as a pharmacy technician is the best way to learn about the profession. A pharmacy technician supports pharmacists by stocking, assembling and distributing medications. There are two types of technicians.  Most students become registered technicians, whereas certified technicians tend to work in more specialty setting like a hospital.

Registered Pharmacy Technician: Requires an application, criminal background check and a fee. For more information, contact your state’s Board of Pharmacy.

Certified Pharmacy Technician: Requires an exam. For more information, visit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board website

Complete required pre-pharmacy courses

The pre-pharmacy curriculum requires approximately 2 years of general education and basic science courses. Although the pre-pharmacy courses below do not lead to a bachelor’s degree, students may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but it is NOT required to apply to the professional Pharm.D. program. You can complete your pre-pharmacy prerequisites at UMKC or any regionally accredited institution (community college or four-year university). Below is a list of the required courses:

  • General Chemistry I with lab
  • General Chemistry II with lab
  • Organic Chemistry I with lab
  • Organic Chemistry II with lab
  • General Biology I (Botany)
  • General Biology II (Zoology)
  • Human Anatomy with lab
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology with lab
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Communications/Public Speaking
  • Calculus I
  • General Physics with lab
  • U.S. Constitution course: American History I or II or Political Science/American Government
  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic Statistics

If you want to complete your required pre-pharmacy courses at UMKC, please direct questions and application materials to the general UMKC Admissions. To see how your courses/credit transfer, visit our College Course Transfer Sheets.

Early Assurance for High School Seniors

The Early Assurance (EA) Program allows 40 incoming college freshmen priority status for the Pharm.D. program at UMKC. Students apply for EA during their senior year. Students admitted to the EA program graduate high school knowing they are on track to earn their seat in the School of Pharmacy. EA students will spend their first two years on UMKC’s Volker Campus completing the pre-pharmacy requirements. They will have benefits preparing them for the Pharm.D. application process and their professional career.


Once students are admitted to the Early Assurance Program they will receive certain benefits setting them apart from other pre-health students. These benefits include priority academic advising appointments, special networking opportunities with School of Pharmacy faculty, students and alumni, preparation and skill-building workshops to help in preparation for the for the Pharm.D. program, as well as first choice of Pharm.D. campus site selection and selective matching with a pharmacy faculty advisor based on personal interests and preferences.


To qualify for the Early Assurance Program, students must meet all UMKC freshman admission requirements and:

  • Be a senior in high school
  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA unweighted at the end of junior year
  • Have at least a 25 ACT composite score or SAT equivalent
  • Plan to attend UMKC for 2 years of pre-pharmacy coursework
  • Missouri residents and non-residents are eligible to apply.

Apply Now

Although the priority deadline date to apply for the EA program is March 1, qualified applicants are encouraged to APPLY EARLY in the process. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the fall with admission decisions being made as early as October. Students admitted to the EA program by the priority date are eligible to apply for an EA scholarship.

Applicants should be admitted one week prior to their Freshman Orientation date in order to enroll in proper course sequencing. EA applications will be accepted until the class is full or up to the last freshmen orientation date, whichever comes first.

Students applying for EA must complete and submit a UMKC Freshman Admissions application and the EA supplemental application and reference form.

Submit to the Office of Admissions:

  • A completed online Freshman admission application
  • $45 application fee
  • An official high school transcript through the end of junior year
  • Official college transcripts for any dual credit completed
  • Official scores for any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework completed

Submit to the School of Pharmacy:

Final acceptance into the EA program is contingent upon graduating from an accredited high school and full-time enrollment as a UMKC pre-pharmacy student beginning fall semester after high school graduation.

From EA to Pharm.D

During your sophomore year of college, EA students apply to the Pharm.D. program following all Pharm.D. Application Instructions to ensure a complete application.

In order to be accepted under the provisions of the EA program, students must meet the following criteria and requirements:

  • Meet the Pharm.D. Admission Standards for EA Students (higher than regular admission standards):
    • Maintain cumulative College GPA of 3.25 or higher
    • Maintain Math/Science GPA of 3.25 or higher
    • Earn minimum PCAT Composite of 40
    • Successfully complete Pharmacy 7100 – Introductory Topics in Pharmacy course during freshman year
    • Complete the required pre-pharmacy (PDF) courses with grades of C or higher
  • Pass an on-site interview
  • Pass the Criminal Background Check
  • Pay the seat deposit
  • Complete the criteria and requirements within two years of entering the EA program.

Those who do not meet these requirements can apply for admission under the regular Pharm.D. admission requirements.


EA students will remain eligible for undergraduate scholarships and the UMKC Metro Rate while they complete their pre-pharmacy work.

For questions about the Early Assurance program, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (816) 235-1613 or

Early Assurance Scholarship Application

Plan a Visit

The UMKC School of Pharmacy offers several options for students interested in visiting campus:

Freshman Visit Days—For current high school students who are interested in seeing campus and learning more about our programs. Academic visits will cover everything from a general admissions visit plus specific information about your major. You often have the opportunity to meet with staff, faculty and students as well as tour facilities. These visits are coordinated through the UMKC Welcome Center. To see available dates and schedule, visit the Welcome Center website.

Preview Days—For current high school or college students. Offered several times a semester, Preview Days are comprehensive, half-day programs where you will not only have a UMKC overview presentation and tour but also speak with representatives from academic programs and student organizations. This event takes place on the UMKC’s Volker campus.  See available dates and register.

Experience UMKC—For admitted students. Experience firsthand what it is like to be a UMKC Roo! Explore your academic major, meet current students and alumni, Tour classrooms, residence halls and the recreation center. Discover clubs, organizations, services and more! More information.

Individual Appointments—For all students. Prospective students and parents may call or email us directly to schedule a visit with a School of Pharmacy representative. In these one-on-one, hour-long visits, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the School of Pharmacy, prerequisites, admissions process and any other general questions.  Financial aid, scholarships, cost of attendance, housing campus life can be discussed very broadly.  Specific questions about these will be referred to those departments. 

Contact information:
(816) 235-1613