All applicants to the College of Pharmacy should have a Bachelor’s degree
Current undergraduate students are welcome to apply, provided they earn their baccalaureate degree by the end of the spring semester, before their intended start date. Required courses must be completed by the spring semester prior to enrollment.
US citizens with degrees from foreign institutions should review our guidelines for International Students to ensure they meet all requirements. Non-native English speakers must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you need reasonable accommodations, please reach out to the Office of Student Disability Services.
Academic Requirements for Admission
In order to apply you'll need:
1. Baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited college
The minimum cumulative GPA is 2.5
But to give you an idea of our applicants, the average cumulative GPA for the 2016 admissions cycle was 3.22, and the average science GPA for the 2016 admissions cycle was 3.05.
2. Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
We strongly recommend you take the PCAT. Scores are valid only if the test was taken within the last two years (e.g., for Fall 2017 not before July 2014).
You must have completed the following coursework with a grade of “C” or better within the last ten years (exceptions may be made for asterisk* courses ONLY; we review such courses on a case-by-case basis and may request other supporting documents upon receipt of a verified PharmCAS application)
- Biology with lab* (8 semester hours/ 12 Quarter units)
- General chemistry with lab* (8 semester hours/ 12 Quarter units)
- Organic chemistry with lab ( 8 semester hours/ 12 Quarter units)
- Biochemistry (3-4 semester hours/ 4.5-6 Quarter units)
- Microbiology with lab (4 semester hours/ 6 Quarter units)
- Calculus (3-4 semester hours/ 4-6 Quarter units)
- Economics (micro, macro or general accepted) (3-4 semester hours/ 4-6 Quarter units)
- Human anatomy with lab AND Physiology with lab (EACH 3-4 semester hours/ 4.5-6 Quarter units)
OR Anatomy and Physiology I AND II, each with lab (EACH 3-4 semester hours/ 4.5-6 Quarter units)
Suggested electives to support patient-centered curriculum
- Human Growth and Development
- Statistics with Biostatistics Preferred
4. Volunteer or work experience
We recommend you have volunteer or work hours in a pharmacy, public health or health care setting before applying.