Beginning each fall, members of the next class are selected using a modified rolling admissions procedure. Under this system, qualified applicants are admitted into the doctor of pharmacy program on an ongoing basis until the class is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required admissions documents early in the cycle to maximize their admissions potential.
Applications received after November 1 face significantly increased competition for admission and may be placed on a waiting list, regardless of qualifications. The final deadline for applications is March 1; all information must be postmarked or submitted online by this date.
The application deadline is March 1 with priority given to candidates who complete their application by November 1.
2. Complete a supplemental application
This includes submitting a passport size photo and $50 application fee
The applicant is responsible for ensuring the timely receipt and updating of all required application documentation. A file will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all application materials have been received by the Admissions Office.
Applicants must complete a minimum of 64 prerequisite credit hours prior to enrollment into the PharmD program. All requirements must be completed at an accredited U.S. institution with a letter grade of C or higher. Applicants with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted will be considered for admission.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are required to complete the economics, math and science prerequisites. The bachelor’s degree must be conferred prior to entrance into the program.
Applicants who have not earned a bachelor’s degree are required to complete the non-science prerequisites in addition to the economics, math and science prerequisites. Electives coursework may include basic science, math or liberal arts courses; however, advanced science coursework (chemistry, biological sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and clinical sciences) is beneficial in preparation for the program.
Economics, Math and Science Requirements
- Economics – 3 credit hours (Course must be denoted as an economics course in your university catalog.)
- Calculus – 3 credit hours (Example: Calculus I, Analytical Geometry & Calculus)
- Physics with lab – 4 credit hours (Physics for health professions majors - does not need to be calculus based)
- General chemistry with lab – 8 credit hours
- Organic chemistry with lab – 8 credit hours
- Biological sciences – 8 credit hours (Recommended: general biology, human anatomy & physiology, and microbiology. Also appropriate: immunology, cell biology, genetics, medical physiology, biochemistry, 12 hours are strongly recommended)
(Only required for applicants who have not earned a bachelor's degree.)
- English Composition – 6 credit hours (Courses must be writing intensive. Basic literature courses will not be accepted.)
- Humanities – 6 credit hours (Literature, Philosophy, Music, Art, Drama, Foreign Language)
- Social Sciences – 6 credit hours (Religion, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology)
- Electives –12 credit hours (Recommended: statistics, pharmaceutical sciences or clinical research courses, advanced biology or chemistry. Several business electives may also meet the requirements of the dual Pharm D/MBA program)
Applicants must submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) online at www.pharmcas.org. Original official transcripts from all US post-secondary schools (including the planned fall courses) and Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores must be submitted to PharmCAS. All college coursework attempted must be submitted to PharmCAS.
For applicants currently enrolled in classes, it is imperative to update newly completed coursework. When fall grades are available, the applicant must submit official transcripts to PharmCAS to update their application. Transcripts reflecting spring grades must be sent directly to the CPHS Admissions Office. Applicants are also required to submit three letters of recommendations to PharmCAS. At least one letter from a science professor and a pharmacist is strongly preferred.
A supplemental application with the required application fee and passport size photograph must be submitted to CPHS. Students may also submit additional letters of recommendation directly to the Admissions Office. Failure to complete the required supplemental components will delay the review of a candidate's application until all elements are completed.
Completed application packages are evaluated by the Admissions Committee to determine the applicant’s potential as a student pharmacist. Based on this evaluation, an invitation to participate in a personal admissions interview may be extended. The interview is designed as a two-way exchange with the goal of mutually enhancing the understanding of both the applicant and the Admissions Committee. Applicants are notified by email of admissions decisions following the interview process.
Early Decision Program
An Early Decision Program is available for eligible applicants. Through this option, applicants select one school as their preference through PharmCAS. The college and the student have the potential to benefit from this program by confirming admissions and enrollment for qualified applicants early in the admissions process.
To be eligible for the Early Decision Program, the applicant must complete the required eight semester hours of organic chemistry, the PCAT examination, a PharmCAS application along with three letters of recommendation, and the supplemental application with fee and photograph.
All materials must be forwarded to the appropriate locations prior to the early decision deadline in order to be considered as an early decision candidate. A decision will be rendered by the deadline specified by PharmCAS.
Valid admissions decisions for an early decision candidate consist of: acceptance, denial or deferral of the applicant to the general applicant pool (applicant becomes eligible to apply to other pharmacy programs while still being considered by their primary preference).
An admissions deposit is required of each accepted applicant. These deposits are non-refundable. Additionally, no refunds are provided for students who attend any class and subsequently withdraw or are suspended from CPHS for any cause.