Frequently Asked Questions | Pharmacy
Find answers to Pharmacy questions on a variety of topics.
What type of degrees does this program offer?
The Pacific University School of Pharmacy program leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy, or PharmD, degree.
The School of Pharmacy also offers a joint degree program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmD/MS) dual degree. This is a one-year research-focused curriculum that will be added following the three-year PharmD program, for a total of four years of education.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program is fully accredited by ACPE.
How long will it take me to complete the PharmD program?
The program is three continuous years, which means summers are not off. Students are spending time working in a pharmacy setting over the summer months.
Can I attend the program part-time or online?
No, the program is full time and on site only.
How do I apply?
We require that applicants complete the PharmCAS application online.
When do I apply?
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. We are looking for students to convey their passion for the field of pharmacy, and be able to demonstrate why they want to become a pharmacist.
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?
No, but we do have a recommended GPA of 2.7 for applicants to be considered more competitive. We will be looking at an applicant's science, cumulative, and last 45 semester credit GPAs, as calculated by PharmCAS. All applicants will be considered, even those who fall below a 2.7 GPA.
Is an interview required?
Yes, we will invite those who qualify to a mandatory interview. The interview days are held on specified Saturdays and Fridays from September to April. We have determined the interview dates for 2019-2020.
What is the average GPA of students applying?
The average GPA for the accepted students of the Class of 2020 was a 3.3.
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. 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 or 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 (pdf).
What is the number of applicants, how many are interviewed, and how many seats are available?
For Fall 2017, the Admissions Office received approximately 505 completed applications, interviewed 227 candidates, and the approximate available seats in the class for each year is 100.
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 foreign coursework 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: $49,667 for 2019-2020
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) Dual Degree
Each year, many Pharmacy students enroll in the PharmD MHA Dual Degree which allows them to simultaneously complete requirements for both programs within three years. This dual degree option allows students to develop skills in both pharmacy and business theories and principles, in a shortened time frame than if each program was completed separately. You can find more information about Pacific's MHA program, which is offered through the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership.
Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS Pharm Sci/PharmD) Dual Degree
The PharmD/MS Dual Degree program is a new degree program that offers a joint degree with the existing 3-year PharmD curriculum. A one-year research-focused curriculum will be added following the three-year PharmD program for a total of four years of education. Thus, students will be enrolled in two separate degree programs with some overlap of courses. Students would have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas: Drug Discovery, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Metabolism, Medicinal Chemistry, Toxicology, and Cancer Biology.
Students must be enrolled in the PharmD program at Pacific; the MS is earned while studying for the PharmD degree and is not designed as a stand-alone program.
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, 67% matched in both 2015 and 2016, 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 (pdf) 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.