To become a pharmacist in the state of California, you must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be a California resident. Once you get your degree, you must pass two exams. The first is the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination given by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. The second exam is the California Pharmacist Jurisprudence Exam. There are several universities offering a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the state of California.

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. This is a four-year program and students must receive at least a C in all required courses and have a 3.0 grade point average to successfully complete the program. To be admitted to the program, students must have a bachelor's degree and complete the necessary prerequisites including calculus, chemistry, microbiology and physics.

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy Office of Admissions and Student Affairs 1985 Zonal Avenue, PSC 206A Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121 323-442-1471 usc.edu

Loma Linda University

Students in Pharmacy school.
Students in Pharmacy school.

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy offers a four-year Pharm.D. program. A bachelor's degree is not required for admission into the program, but it is highly recommended. Prerequisite courses for admission include biology, chemistry, speech and economics. While members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which owns the school, are given preference in the admissions process, the program is open to any student meeting the prerequisites.

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy 11262 Campus Street, West Hall Loma Linda, CA 92350 800-422-4558 llu.edu

University of California, San Diego

San Diego, California
San Diego, California

University of California, San Diego, offers a four-year Pharm.D. program. The school also offers two joint-degree programs: a B.S in chemistry/Pharm.D and a Pharm.D/Ph.D. program. In order to be eligible for admission, the student must be a United States citizen or permanent resident, have bachelor's degree and complete the prerequisite courses for the program. These courses include biology, chemistry, geometry and economics.

University of California at San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093-0657 858-822-4900 pharmacy.ucsd.edu

University of the Pacific

A pharmacist giving drugs to a patient.
A pharmacist giving drugs to a patient.

University of the Pacific offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree with an emphasis on hands-on learning through clinical rotation and community outreach activities. Applicants must have completed 64 hours of undergraduate coursework. Prerequisite courses include subjects such as calculus, chemistry, biology, English composition, economics and psychology. The school also offers two joint degrees: Pharm.D./PhD and Pharm.D./MBA.

University of the Pacific Office of Admission 3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, California 95211 209-946-2285 web.pacific.edu