Choose your pathway to earn admission to USJ’s Pharmacy Program (Pharm. D.)
USJ has four programs that can seamlessly lead you to a career in Pharmacy. Choose between a Health Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry major to complete the 3 + 3 to Pharm.D. where you earn a bachelor’s degree and Pharm.D. in 6 years.
The Pharmacy track is open to high school graduates who meet admission requirements specific to the program and then meet the yearly benchmarks through their junior year. Students who meet all the benchmarks and pass an in-person interview are then guaranteed a seat in the USJ Pharmacy program beginning the August after their 6th semester.
The Pharmacy program has a three-year distinctive and innovative modified-block curriculum with a proven record of success; its format will increase your ability to master the material, while also providing an experiential education that prepares graduates for a career as a vital member of the healthcare team in settings such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and community pharmacies. A Pharm.D. also prepares graduates for careers in clinical research, medical sales, pharmacology, product/process development, and many other career paths.
Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses for each student’s needs.
Criteria for Program Admission
Minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, core courses)
Completion of two semesters each of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II
Throughout the curriculum, students must meet the following requirements:
Earn a B- or better in all major and supporting courses
Take all Pharmacy prerequisite courses at USJ
Cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher at the end of your Junior Year
No repeat of courses without permission from the major advisor/program director (may delay matriculation into the Pharmacy Program)
Absence of disciplinary actions
Maintain ability to meet Pharmacy Standards, with or without accommodation
Completion of a successful in-person interview for the Pharm.D. Program
The integrated curriculum fosters strong ethical values, intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the health and wellbeing of society. The Doctor of Pharmacy program is committed to and promotes the emergence of, competent and compassionate pharmacists who will advance various pharmacy practice models, engage in community service, and foster the advancement of research and scholarship.
HEALTH SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, OR BIOCHEMISTRY (DIRECT-ENTRY PHARMACY)
Internships & Career Opportunities
The Pharm. D program’s solid foundation prepares you for advanced study in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, socio-behavioral, and clinical sciences, and a thriving career in a number of areas, including Research and Internships available at nearby hospitals such as Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital. Potential Pharmacy careers: corporate, clinical, nutrition, nuclear, laws and regulation, inpatient, and more.
USJ’s new direct track 3+3 Pharm. D major guarantees admission for eligible students into the Pharmacy program after their sixth-semester. The School of Pharmacy, located in downtown Hartford, enhances the learning experience through its advanced lab facilities and large faculty team. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). PCAT not required.