Pharmacy

Associate of Arts (DTA) or Associate of Arts (Option B)

 

Pharmacists are trained, licensed professionals who dispense prescription drugs and assist in drug therapy decisions for patients of all ages. If you enjoy working with people, excel in science and want to pursue a rewarding career in health care, pharmacy may be the right career for you.

TCC offers several options for your pathway to Pharmacy.

Associate of Arts (DTA) includes courses that cover the first two years (college level courses) of a typical four-year college degree that prepares students to apply to pharmacy school. TCC also offers courses to help students develop the skills needed for college-level courses. Students will earn an Associate of Arts (DTA) to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Associate of Arts (Option B) offers fields of study for which the transfer requirements of a four-year college or university differ significantly from TCC’s Associate of Arts (DTA) requirements and no major related degree exists. Option B degrees are designed to transfer only to specific programs within specific four-year colleges or universities. Students who are uncertain where they will transfer or which program/major they will pursue should consult with their advisors. Students are strongly encouraged to regularly meet with their advisors to discuss their degree pathway and transfer options.

Degree Program

The Associate of Arts (DTA) degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges and universities). Students who transfer will be granted junior standing upon transfer.

Basic Requirements
Distribution Requirements/Electives
Career Options

 

While in high school, students should pursue all available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. Post high school, students may need to take additional math and science courses to meet requirements. Students should also gain exposure to the pharmacy profession through experience in a pharmacy setting and exploration of the pharmacy literature.

 

For students who wish to major in Pharmacy, here is the recommended course schedule at TCC:

    • A minimum of 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above, including the distribution requirements listed. 
    • At least 30 applicable credits earned at Tacoma Community College.
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses.
  • No more than three physical education activity credits will apply toward the degree.

At least one course (five credits) must be a designated multicultural course. Approved multicultural courses are identified on the Approved Distribution Course List.

Communication Skills (10 credits)
Number Title
ENGL& 101 English Composition I
ENGL& 102 or
ENGL 103

English Composition/Speaking Skills 

Select 5 additional credits from the Communication section of the Approved Distribution Course List.

 
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)
Number Title
Select 5 credits from the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning section of the Approved Distribution Course List. 

 

 


Requirements

HUMANITIES (15 credits)

Select courses from the Humanities section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline. No more than 5 credits in world language at the 100 level.

No more than five credits of performance/skills course(s) can be used to satisfy this requirement.

SOCIAL SCIENCES (15 credits)

Select courses from the Social Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline.

 

NATURAL SCIENCES (15 credits)

Select courses from the Natural Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List. Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines with no more than 10 credits in any one discipline. Courses must include at least 10 credits from the courses listed as Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences. Courses must include at least one laboratory course.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credits)

Select three PE activity credits. No more than three PE activity credits apply toward the degree. The following PE courses do not count as activity credits: PE 190, PE 191, PE 285, PE 292

 

Electives
Distribution Electives (12 credits)

Distribution electives must be selected from courses listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List.

Students are advised to take at least one writing intensive course (other than a written communication skills course) as part of their degree requirements and electives.

 
Other College-Level Electives (15 credits)

All elective credits must be selected from courses numbered 100 or above. PE credits cannot be used as electives.

 

Become a pharmacist, a pharmacy tech or a pharmacists assistant. Learn more about exciting career opportunities.

 

Transfer Requirements to UW and WSU

 
University of Washington School of Pharmacy
Washington State University College of Pharmacy
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Students should frequently check the University of Washington School of Pharmacy Prerequisite List to ensure they are taking the correct courses.

First Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

CHEM& 161
ENGL& 101
MATH& 151

CHEM& 162
ENGL& 102 OR ENGL 103
MATH& 146

CHEM& 163
Humanities
BIOL& 221

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

CHEM& 261
BIOL& 222
Social Sciences

CHEM& 262
BIOL& 223
CMST& 220

CHEM& 263
Biol& 260
ECON& 201

Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.

6-12 credits of biochemistry are also required.

MATH& 148 may replace MATH& 151

Students should consult the UW Course Equivalency Guide for TCC when choosing their humanities and social sciences courses.

Students should frequently check the Washington State University College of Pharmacy Pre-Pharmacy Course List to ensure they are taking the correct courses.

 

First Year 

Fall

Winter

Spring

CHEM& 161
ENGL& 101
MATH& 151

CHEM& 162
ENGL& 102
MATH& 146

CHEM& 163
PSYC& 100
BIOL& 221

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

CHEM& 261
BIOL& 222
ECON& 201

BCHEM& 262
BIOL& 223
BIOL& 241

CHEM& 263
BIOL& 242
BIOL& 260

The WSU College of Pharmacy requires a biochemistry course that must be taken at a 4-year university. They also require one quarter (5 credits) of philosophy instruction in logic, critical thinking, or ethics.

Some students my need to take additional prerequisite courses.

Contact the Washington State Board of Pharmacy to obtain an Application for Pharmacy Assistant

For a list of U.S. pharmacy schools: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

For Students & Applicants: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Check out the The National Institutes of Health LifeWorks Pharmacy page

 

Get Started

Contact one of our academic advisors to help design your path to accomplish an Associates of Arts degree with the track of earning a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy.

Jeff Engle 

jengle@tacomacc.edu

Location: Bldg. 15-333

253-566-5072

Kim Harrington 

kharrington@tacomacc.edu

Location: Bldg. 15-237

253-460-4305