May 13, 2021
School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE)
The Pre-Health Sciences major is an Associate of Arts Degree program that prepares students to apply for health-related programs at CNM, as well as to transfer to UNM or other four-year degree programs in numerous health-related fields. It fulfills the general education core courses for 4-year degrees required by the state of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico core curriculum.
This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to pursue a pre-pharmacy curriculum.
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Educational Option Information
- This educational option is: Pre-Health Sciences, Associate of Arts, Pre-Pharmacy concentration.
- This program can be completed: Part-time or full-time.
- This program can be started: Any term.
- Primary course location: Main Campus.
- Additional requirements for this educational option:
- Students are expected to purchase textbooks, lab manuals and lab safety equipment.
- A felony conviction will not prevent entry into the program or employment; however, it may limit available employment opportunities.
Approximate Costs of this Educational Option
Financial Aid Considerations
- Individual courses associated with this program may require students to purchase additional materials.
Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
The Pre-Health Sciences degree is an associate of arts degree that prepares students to transfer to UNM or other four-year degree programs in numerous health-related fields. It fulfills the general education core courses for 4-year degrees required by the state of New Mexico. This particular concentration prepares students for transfer into a 4-year Pharmacy degree program.
Students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult an Academic Coach in Connect Services.
Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 14 percent between 2012 and 2022. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.
Associate of Arts in Pre-Health Sciences, Pre-Pharmacy Concentration 62 - 64 credit hours
* PSY 1105 recommended. This course is recommended to satisfy part of the Non-Professional Electives required as Prerequisite Coursework for the PharmD program at UNM.
* * ECON 2201 recommended. This course is included in the list of Prerequisite Coursework for the PharmD program at UNM.
Program Approved Communications Elective - 3 credit hours
Only 3 credit hours are required for the AA degree. However, 6 credit hours must be completed for admission to UNM’s College of Pharmacy.
Program Approved Humanities Elective - 6 credit hours
These courses were selected because they satisfy the requirements of both CNM’s Humanities requirement as well as the Critical Thinking Selective requirement for UNM’s College of Pharmacy. Students who have met both of these requirements with other courses should see the School of Math, Science and Engineering to discuss options
Program Approved Electives - 6 - 8 credit hours
Only 6 credit hours from this list are required for the AA degree. However, BIO 2110, BIO 2192, BIO 2310, CHEM 2810, CHEM 2892, PHYS 1510, PHYS 1610 and a second Communications class are all required for admission into UNM’s College of Pharmacy.
This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to pursue a pre-pharmacy curriculum at UNM. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.
Pre-Pharmacy is NOT a major at UNM. Students complete pre-pharmacy coursework and then apply to directly enter the School of Pharmacy. Students with a GPA higher than 3.0 will be most competitive in the admissions process, and there are additional admission criteria, including the PCAT exam, letters of reference, and required experience. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a UNM College of Pharmacy advisor to confirm course equivalencies and learn more about admission procedures. Contact information is available on the College of Pharmacy website. In addition, students are encouraged to meet with a UNM Arts and Sciences Advisor to discuss major options while they wait to enter the School of Pharmacy. Visit the Arts and Sciences Advisement website.
Additional courses beyond the AA Degree will be required before applying to a Doctor of Pharmacy program. The College of Pharmacy at UNM requires:
- Completion of all the Program Approved Electives listed above (beyond the 6 credit hours required for the AA degree).
- An additional 18 credit hours selected from the following list:
- Highly recommended by UNM: Upper division Biology and Biochemistry courses (CHEM 2210 is not acceptable.). These are not offered at CNM.
- Communication: English Writing, Speech Communications, Linguistics or Journalism
- Humanities: Literature (including American English, foreign and comparative literature), History, Religion or Philosophy.
- Social/Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology, Psychology, Economics, Human Geography, Political Science or Sociology.
- Foreign Languages
- Fine Arts: Selected courses in the history, appreciation and criticism of art, music, theatre and dance.
- Health Promotion: First Aid, Nutrition, Health and Physical Education (no nonprofessional Physical Education courses).