Admissions & Aid

COVID-19 Admissions Questions

You have questions regarding admissions policies given how COVID-19 impacted your spring 2020 semester. We’re taking all that into account. Please review our COVID-19 admissions information and reach out with any other specific questions.

You can find academic requirements, application process, and tuition information here. But we encourage you to come visit our campus and speak to us in person. Information sessions are held on a monthly basis throughout the year. We'll go over academic and campus life at Touro College of Pharmacy, admissions requirements, the admissions and financial aid processes, and a current student will take you around on a campus tour. 

You can start our PharmD program once you’ve completed 67 credits of undergraduate classes and meet the pre-professional coursework requirements listed below. While a bachelor’s degree is preferred, we welcome students without a degree who meet our requirements, are dedicated to the practice of pharmacy, and share our values.

If you’re attending one of our linkage agreement institutions and following their PharmD track, you can also start at TCOP before finishing your undergraduate studies.

We participate in PharmCAS early decision. If you're thinking of applying early decision, the deadline for this cycle has passed, but the deadline for the 2020-2021 application cycle is September 8, 2020 with your admissions decision provided no later than October 23, 2020. Review the PharmCAS Early Decision page to learn more about what early decision entails.  

Need help funding your PharmD education? There are generous scholarships available. TCOP students receive a number of internal and external scholarships every year.

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. Minimum 67* credits pre-requisite coursework from a fully accredited college

Bachelor’s degree preferred

Preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. But to give you an idea of our applicants, the average cumulative GPA for the 2019 admissions cycle was 3.24, and the average science GPA for the 2019 admissions cycle was 3.0.

*Students who wish to apply for graduate financial aid must have earned a minimum of 72 undergraduate credits prior to matriculation.

2. Prerequisites Courses

You must have completed the following coursework with a grade of “C” or better within the last ten years. Courses older than 10 years can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Biology with lab (8 credits)
  • General chemistry with lab (8 credits)
  • Organic chemistry with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Human anatomy with lab AND Physiology with lab (EACH 4 credits, total 8 credits) OR Anatomy and Physiology I AND II, each with lab (EACH 4 credits, total 8 credits)
  • Physics with lab (4 credits)
  • Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • Economics (micro, macro or general accepted) (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • English Oral Communication/Public Speaking/Speech (3 credits)
  • Humanities (6 credits of English Literature/History, Philosophy, Ethics)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (6 credits of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)

Suggested electives 

  • Statistics with Biostatistics Preferred
  • Genetics
  • Computer Science

3. Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)  

While we do not require the PCAT exam, we strongly recommend you take it. Scores are valid only if the test was taken within the last two years (e.g., for Fall 2020 not before July 2018).

4. Recommendations

Candidates are required to submit three letters of recommendation:

  • One from a healthcare professional
  • One from a science professor from whom you earned a grade
  • One from another professor, employer, supervisor or similar individual

We do not accept letters from family members, co-workers or friends.

5. Volunteer or work experience

We recommend you have volunteer or work hours in a pharmacy, public health or health care setting before applying.

Additional Requirements for Admission and Matriculation

  • All accepted students are required to complete a background check and must begin this process within 10 days of receiving an offer. The background check must be completed within 30 days.
  • All accepted students are required to provide documentation of MMR and Meningitis immunizations.  The immunizations must be completed within 30 days of your deposit due date.
  • All accepted students will need to provide proof of health insurance coverage prior to matriculation.