Students are eligible to apply to the pharmacy school(s) of their choice in the fall semester of their sophomore year. However, it is difficult to complete all of the required courses in 2 years while maintaining a sufficiently high GPA to be a competitive applicant.
Most pharmacy schools offer only the Pharm. D. degree, so many students obtain a bachelor’s degree before applying. The Pharm. D. program incorporates 4 years of courses and clinical rotations, with full-time practical experience in the fourth year.
As with all professional schools, admission to pharmacy school is competitive, and students must do well in their courses in order to gain admission. The average QPA for students admitted to pharmacy school is 3.4.
Most schools have rolling admissions, so the earlier your application materials reach the school, the better your chances. Pharmacy schools look extremely favorably on applicants who have experience in pharmacy. For many schools, over 80% of the successful applicants have pharmacy experience.
LC provides prerequisite courses, but does not offer a program in pharmacy.
- BIOL 113, 114 + one other biology course (A&P, microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry)
- CHEM 111, 112, 221, 222
- MATH 103
- PHYS 141-142
Many schools also require courses in public speaking, statistics, economics, and anatomy and physiology. Prospective pharmacy students are encouraged to explore several schools early in their academic career.
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges by measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge.
The PCAT is administered in February, March, and October. The PCAT includes verbal, quantitative, biology, chemistry (general and organic), and reading comprehension sections. The PCAT is scored on a scale from 100 to 300.