Charleston Dual Degree Pharmacy Program

    • Gannon University offers affiliation programs with three excellent, accredited pharmacy schools, which provide competitive students with an advantage at the time of application. These are the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.
    • Pre-pharmacy students at Gannon University are encouraged to acquire the necessary prerequisite courses, pharmacy-related experience and academic, communication, and personal skills to apply to pharmacy school.
    • Gannon University's pre-pharmacy program prepares students for admission to any of the 120 accredited pharmacy schools across the country.

    You Will Learn

    Gannon University in collaboration with the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy offers a competitive 7 - year Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Gannon University and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. This program allows academically qualified students to attend Gannon University for three years of Pre-Pharmacy before transferring to the Charleston School of Pharmacy for four years. After successful completion of the first year of the professional phase of the Program, students return to Gannon University to receive their undergraduate degree. They receive their Pharm.D. degree from UC following the successful completion of the professional phase of the Program. The Charleston School of Pharmacy has reserved a minimum of five (5) positions for Dual Degree Pre-Pharmacy Gannon students with the understanding that additional positions may be available for qualified students.

    You Will Experience

    To gain an understanding of how pharmacists serve their patients and communities, students are encouraged to participate within internship experiences in retail pharmacy or in office and professional positions. Examples of internship areas include:

    • drug information
    • government affairs
    • product development
    • public affairs
    • retail pharmacy
    • student affairs

    You Will Achieve

    With relatively high earning potential and the opportunity to complete a professional degree in as little as six years, a career in pharmacy is an attractive option for someone who is motivated to obtain a strong foundation in science and mathematics, is detail-oriented, thrives in a fast-paced and demanding environment and has strong communication and people skills. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • academic pharmacist (education)
    • community pharmacies
    • compounding pharmacist
    • critical care pharmacist (intensive care units/emergency room/operating room)
    • drug information specialist
    • home care practice
    • hospice
    • hospitals
    • industry-based pharmacist
    • long-term care facilities
    • military pharmacist
    • nuclear pharmacist
    • nutrition support pharmacist
    • oncology pharmacist
    • pharmacy benefit manager
    • public health service pharmacist
    • regulatory pharmacist

    You will Study

    Pre-pharmacy students may pursue a major of their choice. However, all students receive expert advising so that they take a balanced and rigorous course load that includes the fundamental science and mathematics courses that most pharmacy schools require as prerequisite coursework. Students receive hands-on laboratory experiences in many biology and chemistry courses, which are conducted in small interactive group settings of 20-30 students. Students may choose from a wide-ranging selection of upper-level elective courses relevant to pharmacy including:

    BIOL 331: Microbiology

    The course explores basic traits of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa) with
    an emphasis on bacterial structure, communication, physiology (catabolic and anabolic pathways), genetics and growth. Additionally, topics will include microbial associations with medicine, pathogenesis, bioremediation and biotechnology.

    BIOL 345: Genetics

    This introductory course deals with the principles of variation in plants and animals, but with special reference to humans. Students will be introduced to both Mendelian genetics and some aspects of molecular biology including biotechnology.

    CHEM 366: Structural Biochemistry

    This course focuses on a systematic study of the biologically important compounds including the amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, carbohydrates and lipids. Emphasis is placed upon the structure, properties, syntheses, reactions and functions of these compounds.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job outlook for pharmacists will continue to increase faster than average for all occupations, estimating a 25 percent increase in jobs through 2020. Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Pharmacist $116,670

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (