Note: Most pharmacy schools have a minimum GPA requirement of 2.75-3.0, but keep in mind that even with this minimum, admission is competitive, so most admitted students will have a much higher GPA (>3.5 or 3.75). The following guidelines represent a summary of the coursework required to be admitted at most pharmacy schools. Course guidelines from individual schools may be more stringent. For more information, contact the pre-professional advisor or visit individual school websites.
Courses required by most (>50%) PharmD programs:
Courses required by some (15%-49%) PharmD programs:
*72% of PharmD programs require at least one of these three: check individual programs for guidelines
Other recommended or required courses vary, but may include: General Genetics (BIO 283), Immunology (BIO 375), and Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO 381), or courses included in UIU General Education
Additional courses to earn a major if you complete all the required courses listed above, your general education courses (and earn 120 total credit hours):
PharmD program admissions routinely use experience in a pharmacy setting as a selection criterion. You should seek out opportunities to gain this experience in either paid or unpaid settings. You may earn credit for some experience as a part of BIO 303: Experience in Health Careers
Many (~67%) pharmacy schools require you to take the PCAT. The PCAT contains seven sections: Verbal ability, Biology (general, micro, A &P), Reading Comprehension (science related), Quantitative ability (algebra geometry probability and statistics, pre-calculus and calculus), chemistry (inorganic and organic) and written essay questions(sentence formation, usage and mechanics). More information about the PCAT is available here.
Application deadlines vary from October to April for the following academic year, with most in December-February. Many schools participate in a centralized application system, PharmCAS, which is located here.