Prerequisites | Pharmacy

To be eligible for admission to the PharmD program, applicants must complete a minimum of 62 semester credits of prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Recommended GPA Requirement

Applicants are advised to have a 2.7 GPA to be more competitive in the following three areas: 

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Science GPA
  • Last 45 semester credit GPA (most recent coursework)

In order to matriculate into the pharmacy program, applicants must receive a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses. Applicants with a GPA below 2.7 are still welcome to apply and their application will be reviewed. 

Recommendations to be Competitive

While a bachelor's degree is not required in order to apply to the PharmD program, it can make an application more competitive. It is recommended that all required coursework be completed within seven calendar years of the time of application to the program, especially for science courses. Applicants do not need to have all prerequisites done at the time of application but having most courses, if not all of them, done before applying can make an application more competitive. All prerequisites must be complete before starting the program, by July 15th of the enrollment year. 

Conversion of hours

All quarter hours must be converted to semester hours. Quarter hours divided by 1.5 = semester hours. Example: 12 quarter hours = 8 semester hours

Biological Sciences — minimum 19 semester credits

  • General Biology w/labs — 8 semester credits
  • Microbiology (lab not required) — 3 semester credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology w/labs — 8 semester credits
    • Prefer: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology; year long series; courses taken at the same institution preferred. Combined A&P courses accepted.

Chemistry — minimum 16 semester credits

  • General Chemistry w/labs — 8 semester credits
  • Organic Chemistry w/labs — 8 semester credits

Physics — 3 semester credits

  • General or upper-level Physics w/lab — 3 semester credits

Calculus— 3 semester credits

  • Must include Calculus — 3 semester credits

English — 6 semester credits

Including: Composition, Literature, Creative Writing, Poetry, etc

  • Must include English composition — 3 semester credits
  • Other English — 3 semester credits

Speech — 3 semester credits

  • May include Speech, Communication, Debate — 3 semester credits

Psychology — 3 semester credits

  • Must include General or Abnormal Psychology — 3 semester credits

Economics — 3 semester credits

  • Must include Micro or Macro — 3 semester credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences — 3 semester credits

  • May include Anthropology, Geography, Government, History, Human Development, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology — 3 semester hours

Humanities/Fine Arts — 3 semester credits

  • May include Foreign Language, Drama, Geography, History, Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Performance Arts, Visual Arts— 3 semester hours