(Preparing for) Pharmacy
Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.S.-T Degree
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The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare students for entrance into a bachelor degree program in the sciences. The primary focus of the AS-T degree is completion of the necessary math and science requirements for junior standing at Washington state baccalaureate institutions. Students are required to take additional general education courses after transfer to fulfill university requirements. In addition, specific courses are designated within the AS-T degree to prepare students for Pharmacy School. While a bachelor degree is not required for admission to a Pharmacy program, more than half of all applicants have a bachelor’s degree. Students may also choose to follow the Associate in Arts--Individualized Plan (AA-IP) to design their own course schedule.
Pharmacy — What is it?
Pharmacology is the science of drugs. Pharmacologists study the interaction of chemicals with the human body to help treat and prevent disease. They dispense, monitor and evaluate drugs that are prescribed by doctors and other health care professionals; they also provide consultation to patients and medical staff on the selection and effects of drugs. In addition, Pharmacists are responsible for security of controlled substances and disposal of hazardous wastes to ensure patient safety and public health.
Areas of study in Pharmacy:
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Quantitative Analysis, Preventative Medicine, Toxicology, Infectious Disease, Patient Assessment, Drug Design and Development, Medication Management, Pharmacotherapy of Medical Disorders, Drug Actions, Interactions and Side Effects, Patient Safety, Therapeutics of Special Populations, Public Health and Pharmacy Law.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Graduate Degree Pharmacy?
Graduates in pharmacology develop strong scientific, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to work in science and health care fields. Careers include chemical/pharmaceutical sales, pharmaceutical consultants, research scientist, industrial chemist, crime lab analyst, forensic scientist, and professors.
Potential employers include:
Pharmaceutical Companies, Drug and Grocery Stores, Hospitals, Clinics, Medicine and Manufacturing Companies, Agriculture and Biotechnology Industries, State and Government Agencies, Colleges and Universities. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing. Students can transfer to any college/university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.