Frequently Asked Questions | Pharmacy

Find answers to Pharmacy questions on a variety of topics.

Program Information
Admissions Process
Applicant Profile
International Applicants
Cost and Financial Aid
MHA Joint Degree
Residency Information


Program Information

What type of degree does this program offer?

The Pacific University School of Pharmacy program leads to a doctor of pharmacy, or PharmD, degree.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, the program is fully accredited by ACPE.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The program is three continuous years.

Can I attend the program part-time or online?

No, the program is full time and on site only.


Admissions Process

How do I apply?

The application is a two-step process. We require that applicants complete the PharmCAS application and the Pacific Supplemental Application online.

When do I apply?

PharmCAS: July-January

Pacific Supplemental Application: July-January

How many letters of reference do I need and how do I submit them?

All letters of reference need to be submitted through PharmCAS. We require two letters of reference, but you can submit up to four through PharmCAS.

Is pharmacy experience required?

We do not mandate a specific amount of pharmacy experience hours; however, the strongest applicants do have pharmacy experience.

Is the PCAT required?

No, we do not take the PCAT into consideration.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement for applying to the PharmD program?

Yes, an applicant's science, cumulative, and last 45 semester credit GPAs must each be a minimum of a 2.7 to qualify to apply to the program.

Is an interview required?

Yes, we will invite those who qualify to a mandatory interview. The interview days are held on specified Saturdays from November to March.


Applicant Profile

What is the average GPA of students applying?

The average GPA for the accepted students of the Class of 2017 was a 3.4.

Is a bachelor's degree required?

No, we do not require a bachelor's degree. The School of Pharmacy requires students to complete 62 semester credit hours of prerequisites, which can be found here. Completing a bachelor's degree may help an applicant become a more competitive candidate. Approximately 75%-85% of students entering the program each year have completed a bachelor's degree.

Is there a specific major the School of Pharmacy wants to see applicants pursuing?

No, we do not require/prefer students major in a specific bachelor's degree program. The important factor is completing the correct prerequisites with a strong GPA. You can have the Admissions Office evaluate your transcript by completing the prerequisite worksheet.

What is the number of applicants, how many are interviewed, and how many seats are available?

For Fall 2014, the Admissions Office received approximately 735 completed applications, interviewed 281, and the approximate available seats in the class for each year is 100.


International Applicants

Can international students apply to Pacific University's School of Pharmacy?

Yes, we accept international students to the program. International students must complete the same application requirements mandatory for all applicants.

Is the TOEFL exam required?

Yes, the TOEFL exam is required if the student's first language is not English. Check our English Language Proficiency Requirement for details.

Can I use my coursework outside of the United States toward the prerequisites?

Applicants must have all coursework completed at a foreign university evaluated by a third-party organization, such as WES or ECE. You will then need to have your coursework evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Office to determine if any of the international coursework can fulfill the prerequisites.


Cost and Financial Aid?

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition and fees: $45,153 for 2014-2015

Is financial aid available?

Need-based aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and other funding is available to those who demonstrate financial need


Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Joint Degree

Three PharmD students have been enrolled in our joint PharmD/MHA program since January 2013. These students were scheduled to graduate from our program in May 2014 and from the MHA program in August 2014. You can find more information about the MHA program. A description of the joint degree can be found in the Pacific University catalog (pp. 379-380, pdf).


Residency Information

How many of your students apply for residencies?

We have averaged more than 24 percent of the graduating class applying for residencies. Of those students who submitted a rank list, 44 to 62 percent have matched, which has been similar to the national average for all schools of pharmacy.

How do residency applicants address the GPA question when your grading system is 90 percent Pass/No Pass?

Our students have attached an explanation of our program, our evaluation system and our grading structure when completing their residency applications. This has answered the majority of questions residency selection committees have requested.

Are there many residencies available in the region?

There are about 40 residency (PGY1, PGY2) and fellowship positions in the region. Residency directors coordinate a citywide group to share ideas and training for residents from Medford, Ore., to Vancouver, Wash. Additionally, a Teaching Certificate Program is available to regional residents through a collaborate effort between Pacific University and Oregon State University.