Pre-Pharmacy Associate in Science (Associate in Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Science

Program Description


Prepares students interested in becoming pharmacists for transfer to a 4-year institution. The courses outlined in the program of study have been carefully selected using the basic admission requirements for a number of pharmacy programs as a guide. Provides students with a solid foundation using a set of carefully selected courses, which will maximize the transfer of course work. Courses were selected to include the general admission criteria used by pharmacy schools and formal transfer agreements HFC maintains with many of the universities throughout Michigan. Pre-Pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to work closely with the Pre-Pharmacy coordinator before they select their courses.

Pharmacy Options

HFC offers our students two distinct program options. The first option is the Pre-Pharmacy Academic Transfer program, which is designed for the transfer of course work by students primarily interested in applying to pharmacy schools. The second program option at HFC is a one-year Pharmacy Technician program. The technician curriculum prepares the students for employment assisting pharmacists. Courses in the Pharmacy Technician program prepare students for employment immediately. Pharmacy technician courses do not transfer to pharmacy schools. (See the Pharmacy Technician brochure for more information on the one-year certificate program).

NOTE: If a student’s primary intent is to become a pharmacist, the Associate in Science Degree in Pre-Pharmacy is the program of study which should be followed.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Incorporate principles of general and organic chemistry to apply concepts.
  2. Differentiate between algebraic and trigonometric concepts.
  3. Communicate personal abilities to write effectively.
  4. Apply biological concepts and principals in the analysis of biological processes.
  5. Interpret written forms of communication.
  6. Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

Educational Requirements

Admission to pharmacy schools is highly competitive and very selective. Typically, pharmacy programs will use some variation of grades and admission test scores in their selection process. The specific admission criteria for schools of pharmacy vary with each individual program. There are three pharmacy programs in Michigan as well as the 17+ pharmacy programs in the general Midwest region. Because admission to pharmacy schools is so competitive, students interested in becoming a pharmacist should explore all of their options, including current admission requirements for multiple pharmacy schools.

HFC maintains close contact with many pharmacy programs in an effort to keep the program of study and course transfer agreements up-to-date. Annually, admission representatives from a number of pharmacy programs are on campus to visit and discuss their programs with HFC students.

Students need to contact, visit and frequently monitor for themselves the admission requirements for their target Pharmacy Schools as these requirements do periodically change.

NOTE: Students should meet with the Pre-Pharmacy coordinator on a regular basis to select and sequence program of study courses.

General Education

Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any two, from different disciplines.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2020 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.