What you need to apply

1. Prerequisite Courses

  • The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress:

Prerequisite Coursework

Semester hours Quarter hours
Written Communication 6 9
Courses requiring oral presentations (seminar, public speaking, communications, etc) 3 4
General Biology with Lab 8 12
General Chemistry with Lab 8 12
Organic Chemistry with Lab 8 12
Physics with Lab (must include mechanics, heat, force, and motion) 8 12
Calculus (integral and differential) 3 4
Anatomy (with Lab) or Anatomy & Physiology (with Lab)* 4 6

General Education
Behavioral Sciences 3 4
Economics 3 4
History/Western Civilization/Sociology 3 4
Electives (Spanish highly recommended) 3 4

*Please note that a Physiology course will not fulfill the Anatomy and Anatomy/Physiology with lab requirement.  The course must have an Anatomy component.

2. Academics

  • Due to the interprofessional nature of the curriculum the College of Pharmacy does not accept transfer students.
  • The College of Pharmacy welcomes candidates for admission from any academic discipline or undergraduate major who have completed 60 semester hours (87 quarter hours) of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.50 is required.
  • A minimum science GPA of 2.50 is required.
  • A grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite coursework is required.

3. PCAT

  • Competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
  • PCAT exams scores which are older than June 2011 will not be considered in the 2013-2014 admission cycle. 

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Either two individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter is required.

  • The College of Pharmacy prefers to receive two letters of recommendation from individual members of the faculty (preferably science), employers, supervisors, or pharmacy professionals.

  • Letters from additional health professionals, personal references, or other recommendations may be submitted in addition to the academic evaluations at the applicant’s option.

  • All letters must be sent directly to PharmCAS service.  Strongly encourage your evaluators to send electronic letters of reference (eLOR) to PharmCAS. Read the PharmCAS reference section for eLOR instructions.  If the evaluator plans to send a paper reference, the applicant must print the PharmCAS reference request form.

5. Pharmacy Experience

  • Applicants are encouraged to seek out experiences (paid or unpaid) that will help them confirm pharmacy as their career choice. Demonstration of leadership characteristics through academic or community service activities.      

6. Service

  • Demonstration of commitment to public service through a variety of humanitarian activities.

7. Experience

  • Motivation and commitment to healthcare as demonstrated by previous employment, volunteer work, or other experiences.

8. Communication

  • Demonstration of strong oral and written communication skills.
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