Pharmacists are health care professionals skilled in understanding and monitoring drug therapy, uses, and interactions. In addition to filling and labeling prescriptions, pharmacists counsel patients, consult with physicians, and work with healthcare providers on clinical research or to develop policies for drug use. Pharmacists ensure that patients obtain the maximum benefit from their medications with the least side effects and at the most affordable price. 

In addition to possessing a technical skill set for understanding drug differences and therapies, pharmacists possess strong written and verbal communication skills, are able to identify and solve problems, and can effectively collaborate with patients, physicians, and other health care providers. 

Portland State offers a strong pre-pharmacy program that enables students to complete their prerequisite coursework, earn a baccalaureate degree, and obtain extensive assistance with the pharmacy school preparation and application process.  


Professional Degree: 

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Pre-Pharmacy Resources: 

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
Oregon Board of Pharmacy
Oregon State Pharmacists Association  

Professional Schools or Programs in Oregon:

Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Pacific University School of Pharmacy

Schools in which Portland State students and alumni were recently admitted include:

  • Creighton University
  • Manchester University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific University
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • University of Hawaii, Hilo
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University