North Central College - Naperville, IL

Pre-Pharmacy

Why choose pre-pharmacy at North Central College?

Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in counseling patients and planning drug therapy programs. By studying at North Central College, you can experience opportunities that will prepare you for graduate studies at a college of pharmacy. You’ll study chemistry, mathematics and other subjects. You’ll be pushed to master writing and communication skills that will help prepare you to relate to pharmacy patients. You’ll get to know the professors who teach in North Central’s smaller classes, and when you need a letter of recommendation to a college of pharmacy your teachers will know just what to say about you.

North Central’s proximity to independent pharmacies like Martin Avenue Pharmacy or Oswald's Pharmacy in Naperville provides opportunities to job shadow pharmacists and gain valuable hands-on experience. North Central students have had opportunities to observe and assist pharmacists as well as gain customer service experience.

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The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.
Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.
North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Graduate Schools
Graduates have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
  • Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
  • Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
  • Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Practitioners
Graduates have been employed at:

  • Martin Avenue Pharmacy, Naperville
  • Oswald’s Pharmacy, Naperville
  • CVS Pharmacy, Chicago
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy, Hanover Park, IL
  • Sam’s Club Pharmacy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Target Pharmacy, Woodridge, IL
Pre-Pharmacy

Courtney enjoys North Central’s liberal arts curriculum so much, she’s looking for graduate schools that offer the same sort of experience.

“I enjoy integrating multiple fields,” she says. “I recently found out there are pharmacy schools that offer both a Pharm.D. and an M.B.A. Focusing not just on the science side of pharmacy, but on the business side as well, really excites me.”

At North Central, Courtney is majoring in biochemistry to prepare for pharmacy school.

“Science students are not only prepared in the classroom, they also have research and job opportunities within their fields of study,” she says. “The program isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile...

Pre-Pharmacy

Chris Allen has set his sights on a career in pharmacy and knows that North Central College is providing him with a great learning environment and opportunities to prepare for his future.

“It’s a small school,” Chris says. “I figured I would do best here because I would be able to interact with professors.”

During his junior year Chris gained hands-on experience at Naperville’s Martin Avenue Pharmacy, one of the few remaining compounding pharmacies, where pharmacists make custom medications for patrons on-site.

During the summer between his sophomore and junior years, Chris volunteered to assist chemistry professor Jeff Bjorklund with research that was presented at the College’s Rall...

Pre-Pharmacy

Early on, Sadie set her sights on a career in pharmacy and knew North Central College could help her reach her goal.

“I was immediately drawn to North Central when I got to know the biology and chemistry professors during my visit.”

Sadie secured a student-worker position in the chemistry lab and served as a lab assistant for genetics and organic chemistry classes. She majored in biochemistry and says a microbiology class taught by a biology professor directly related to her career plans in pharmacy. “Taking an in-depth look at how microbiologists are battling bacterial and viral infections through antibiotics and innovative antiviral drugs was fascinating.”

Sadie admits the science program...