Pharmacist Posing

About the Pharmacy Pre-Professional Program

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Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. Pharmacists also advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages and side effects of medications, and must understand the use, composition and effects of drugs. The Pre-Pharmacy program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.

A minimum of 64 semester hours are required for admission at most pharmacy schools. However, many of the students entering pharmacy school have a baccalaureate degree. Therefore, Pre-Pharmacy students are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the Pre-Pharmacy program.

Program Information Guide 

Responsibilities of a Pharmacist:

  • Fills patient prescriptions
  • Instructs patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine
  • Advises patients on possible side effects they may experience
  • Keeps records and does other administrative tasks
  • Oversees pharmaceutical technicians and interns
  • Completes insurance forms and works with a patient’s insurance company
  • Checks whether the prescription will interact negatively with other drugs the patient is taking or conditions the patient has
  • Pursues continuing education to keep up with the latest advances in pharmacological science

Average Salary: $128,710 per year*

*According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics


Over the past 5 years, 36 out of 37 UNK students have been accepted to pharmacy school

97% Accepted


Sam Buss

"I will have an advantage in professional school because of the overwhelming support and preparation from UNK faculty. I have visited UNMC and met with the Pharmacy School Assistant Dean who gave us a tour and talked about opportunities. We see things early to know what to expect – that includes small and large hospitals. My education is more than preparing me for my future."

Sam Buss

Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy)

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