Pharm.D. Prerequisites


Pharm.D. Prerequisites

Prepare for admission to USJ's School of Pharmacy.

To be considered for admission to USJ's Pharm.D. program, you must first meet the following prerequisites. Contact us for more information.

Admission Requirements for the Pharm.D. Program:

Competitive candidates should achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a four-point scale and a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the 50 semester credits of required prerequisite courses, with no grade below a "C" (C-minus grades are not accepted).

In addition, all candidates must:

  • Hold an earned bachelor's degree
  • Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of pre-pharmacy study in a regionally accredited college or university in the United States; Ordinarily, all prerequisite coursework should be less than seven calendar years old.
  • Complete all science and mathematics prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to entry into the program
  • Take the PCAT Exam and assure that scores are sent to PharmCAS; It is recommended that the examination be taken in the fall of the year just prior to the desired year of admission.

The following courses are required to be considered for admission to the Pharm.D. program:

Biological Sciences – Minimum 12 semester credits or 18 quarter units:

  • Microbiology with laboratory – four semester credits (six quarter units)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratories – eight semester credits (12 quarter units). This is often a two-semester course. It may be either an integrated course sequence or two separate courses.

Chemistry – Minimum 16 semester credits or 24 quarter units:

  • General Chemistry with laboratories – eight semester credits (12 quarter units)
  • Organic Chemistry with laboratories – eight semester credits (12 quarter units)

Physics – Minimum four semester credits or six quarter units:

  • General Physics with laboratory – four semester credits (six quarter units). This course should include mechanics, universal laws of motion, force, energy, momentum and rotational systems, and an introduction to thermodynamics.

Mathematics – Minimum six to seven semester credits, or eight to 10 quarter units:

  • Calculus – three to four semester credits (four to six quarter units). This course should not be a survey course (e.g., business calculus) and should cover limits, continuity, functions (exponential, logarithmic, inverse trigonometric, and hyperbolic), and derivatives and their applications.
  • Statistics – three semester credits (four quarter units). This course should include basic probability concepts and descriptive statistics, random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution, regression, correlation, sampling, confidence of estimations, and hypothesis testing.

English – Minimum six semester credits or eight quarter units:

  • English composition – three semester credits (four quarter units)
  • A second English course – three semester credits (four quarter units). This course should contain a substantial writing component.

Oral Communication – Minimum three semester credits or four quarter units:

  • This course may include speech, communication, and/or debate. It should focus on public speaking and develop articulation, coherence, and confidence.

Economics – Minimum three semester credits or four quarter units:

  • This course should constitute a survey and analysis of consumer behavior, market structures, resource pricing, labor policy, and current economic issues.

In addition to the above, courses selected from the following categories are required:

Additional Health-related Science Courses - at least 6 semester credits or 8 quarter units

  • Courses from any discipline that will prepare a student to excel in the Pharmacy profession. These may include Computer Fundamentals, Mathematics above Calculus I, Biochemistry, Medical Terminology, Immunology, Genetics, Cell Biology, etc.

Behavioral Sciences – At least six semester credits or eight quarter units:

  • May include courses from Anthropology, Economics, Government, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, or other recognized discipline.

Humanities/Fine Arts – At least six semester credits or eight quarter units:

  • May include courses from Art, Drama, Theater, Literature, Religion, Music, Philosophy, or Foreign Language.