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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Pharmacy Transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula

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The curriculum offered by the School of Pharmacy at The University of Montana - Missoula leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. By earning the Associate of Science degree as prescribed, students will be academically prepared to apply to the competitive entry professional pharmacy program, and if accepted will be able to complete the professional pharmacy program at The University of Montana - Missoula in four years.

The application deadline for general admission into the Pharmacy program is listed each year at the PHARMCAS website (  This deadline may be as early as November 1st of the year prior to the year for which admission is requested (Year 2 of the curriculum list below).  The Pharmacy program may allow a rolling admission process, check with your advisor for current application process information and deadlines.  Application materials are submitted directly via the PHARMCAS website.    PHARMCAS is a national pharmacy application service many pharmacy schools across the United States use to handle the application process.  Admission to The University of Montana-Missoula pharmacy program is separate from general admission to the university itself.  Admission to The University of Montana - Missoula does not guarantee admission to the Professional Pharmacy Program.

In addition to completing the courses listed, students must have a supervisor submit on their behalf a letter of recommendation and proof of having completed at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid service serving a patient population in a medical or social field at the time of application. Additionally, students must take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) prior to the application deadline. The PCAT is offered multiple times per year. The test registration deadline typically occurs two months or more prior to the scheduled test dates.  Information on the PCAT can be found at

The PCAT exam includes writing, general biology, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, critical reading, and quantitative reasoning.  The quantitative reasoning section covers basic math through calculus as well as statistics.

Due to the PCAT exam subject areas, students are advised to have completed BIOB 160 BIOB 260 , BIOH 211 , CHMY 141 , CHMY 143  and CHMY 221 , M 162  and STAT 216 , prior to taking the PCAT.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for a transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula:

First Year

First Semester Total: 17

Second Semester Total: 17-18

Summer Semester **

  • Global Issues (G) Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Humanities (H) Requirement Credit(s): 3
Third Semester Total: 6

Second Year

First Semester Total: 17

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 15

Total Credits: 72-73

1 Students transferring without first earning an AA or AS degree should take COMX 111  to satisfy UM’s Expressive Arts general education requirement.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.
**An alternative is to take BIOH 201 * in the summer and push these general education requirements into the second year.

Recommended Course:

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                         
Karrie Bolivar Janice Alexander, Ph.D.
LRC 129 RH 107
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-3948

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students may earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for some transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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