Program Overview

Through UNE’s Pre-Professional Pharmacy program, you’ll gain the expertise and knowledge needed to succeed in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. This two-year program is designed for students planning to apply to the School of Pharmacy, covering all pre-requisite courses for the doctoral program.

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B.S. in Pharmacy Science

If you are enrolled in our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, you will be awarded a B.S. in Pharmacy Science after you successfully complete your second professional (P2) year. Completion of the B.S. in Pharmacy Science does not make you eligible for licensure as a pharmacist, you must complete all requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in order to be eligible to take the pharmacy licensure exams (NAPLEX, MPJE).

If you earn the B.S. in Pharmacy Science, you are eligible to apply to the School of Pharmacy’s dual degree program to earn your Pharm.D. and M.B.A. with the University of Maine Graduate School of Business.

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Why UNE for Pre-Pharmacy

  • You’ll join a close-knit, collaborative community. Class sizes are small, and faculty are dedicated to student-centered learning.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work with professors on cutting-edge research and community outreach.
  • You’ll be eligible for UNE’s GradVantage program for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
  • If you continue into UNE's Doctor of Pharmacy program you’ll receive a B.S. in Pharmacy Science upon successful completion of your second professional year (after four years of study).
  • A 2+4 track of pre-professional and professional pharmacy studies allows you to complete your pharmacy education in six years.
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Pharmacists provide valuable direct care, from vaccinations to health screenings, to consultations and community clinics.

Pharmacists are medication experts who bring their knowledge on drug-based care to an integrated health care team and play roles in managing medication plans for patients. This includes watching for negative drug interactions, recommending alternative options for physicians, tracking opiate prescriptions to identify over-prescribing practices, and more.

UNE pharmacists are trained in holistic approaches to wellness such as nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction and routinely work with patients to make better choices for their health and wellbeing.

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Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


The Pre-Professional Pharmacy curriculum includes coursework in biology, chemistry, social/global awareness and pharmacy practice. Through these hands-on courses, you’ll experience the best of what UNE has to offer: small class sizes, engaging faculty, and an intellectual health sciences community. 

To learn more, view the catalog.

As a Pre-Professional Pharmacy student, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Integrate with the School of Pharmacy
  • Build relationships with faculty in the doctoral program
  • Be part of an inclusive community of innovative thinkers

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Beautiful Locations

Two Years on the Biddeford Campus

In the Pre-Professional Pharmacy program, you’ll live and study on the waterfront. Our Biddeford Campus includes state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences, Harold Alfond Center for the Health Sciences and Peter and Cécile Morgane Hall.

Professional Studies in Portland, Maine

If you go on to earn your Pharm.D., you will study on our Portland, Maine campus. A classic New England quad with brick buildings and tall trees, UNE's campus is just 10 minutes from downtown. Portland, named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit, is the city on every list. A rustic port hosts a cool cultural scene — with outdoor adventure all around.


For questions about applying to the Pre-Professional Pharmacy Program or credit transfer

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(800) 477-4863

For questions regarding pharmacy careers or Pre-Professional Pharmacy student advising, contact:

Sarah Vincent, B.S., Pharm.D.

Pre-Pharmacy Coordinator
Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Pharmacy 
(207) 602-2882

Recognition We've Received

Best Pharmacy Schools
U.S. News & World Report