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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses are required for admission. You may apply while coursework is in progress.

  • General biology with lab - 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours
  • General chemistry with lab - 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours
  • Organic chemistry with lab - 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours
  • Physics with lab - 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours
  • Microbiology - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours 
  • Anatomy, or anatomy and physiology with lab* - 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours
  • Calculus - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
  • Written communication - 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours
  • Oral communication - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
  • Statistics - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
  • Social/behavioral science (for example, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology or sociology) - 6 semester hour or 9 quarter hours
  • Humanities (for example, art, art history, history, language, literature, music, philosophy, religious studies, theater or performance studies) - 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours
  • Electives (Spanish highly recommended) - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours

*Please note: a physiology course will not fulfill the anatomy or anatomy/physiology with lab requirement. The course must have an anatomy component.

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 65 semester hours (95 quarter hours) of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.   
  • Competitive applicants will have an overall GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Competitive applicants will have a science GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • A grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite coursework is required.

PCAT

  • Competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
  • PCAT exams scores which are older than January 2015 will not be considered in the 2017-2018 admission cycle.

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.

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.

Service

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

Experience

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

Communication Skills

Demonstration of strong oral and written communication skills.