3 + 3 Pharm.D. Program

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.

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Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses for each student’s needs.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, core courses)
  • Completion of two semesters each of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II
  • Essay

Progression Standards

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.

Pass Rate

For the 2022 graduation year, USJ’s pharmacy graduates are above the national average and have the best pass rate in Connecticut for first-time test takers of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX) exam.

One of the biggest reasons I came to USJ is the environment: a small college where it’s easy to make friends, and the professors and staff are always looking out for the best interests of the students. I also like the extra support resources we have – Student Health and Wellness and the Center for Academic Excellence, and all there is to do in Hartford and West Hartford.

Janaya Santos, Health Science 3+3 Pharm.D.`26


Internships and 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 program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). PCAT not required.


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