Candidates for admission to the School of Pharmacy must have effectively completed or be in the process of concluding all prerequisite mathematics and science subjects no later than the spring term of the year of admission. All other pre-professional courses should be concluded no later than the first day of the fall term of admission. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
A minimum of 90 semester or 135 quarter units must be terminated previous to entrance, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. These requirements may be concluded at any accredited two-year and four-year college or university. All pre-pharmacy required courses must be terminated before entering Pharm.D. program, with grades of C or higher. Grades of Pass/No Pass will not be received (unless a course is offered only on a Pass/No Pass basis). Distance learning or on-line coursework is not received.
Pre-Pharmacy schools requirements in the next areas must be repeated if they are 9 years or older at the time the application is submitted: mammalian physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and organic chemistry (full year). These courses must be repeated at a four year college/university.
A Bachelor's degree is not obligatory, but extremely recommended. Applicants who have received or will receive a Baccalaureate degree or who have concluded units in excess of the minimum required will be considered more favourably than candidates who have fulfilled only minimum requirements.
Standardized TestsSome pharmacy schools may need you to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) although none of the 34 pharmacy schools in United States require it. The five content sections of the PCAT are considered to measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, knowledge of basic principles and concepts of biology, and general and elementary organic chemistry. A supplementary subtest measures your writing skills on two essay prompts. The PCAT is normally offered four times each year in summer, fall and winter.