Pre-Pharmacy - Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Pre-Pharmacy Program is designed to prepare students who plan to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Pharmacists serve their communities by making sure patients receive the correct medication in the proper doses. If they work in a hospital or clinic, they might advise the medical staff as to which drugs will benefit a patient. Students will take courses giving them a solid medical foundation including Intro to Cell Biology, Microbiology, Medical Terminology and more. The Pre-Pharmacy (A.S.) is not a terminal degree, but a degree to fulfill the prerequisites for regional pharmacy schools. The required courses are consistent with those needed to transfer into University of Missouri – Kansas City’s PharmD program. Students should contact their faculty advisor and the school they will be attending to ensure their courses will transfer.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Prepare medication for patients
Help patients safely use medication
Educate doctors on drug effects
Pursue a PharmD degree

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Average Length: Not Available
Credits: Not Available

Possible Careers

Retail pharmacist
Clinical pharmacist
Pharmacy technician

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program Specific Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dana Sherman
Physical Sciences Department Chair


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.