Pharmacy Admissions

FAQs Application Info 3+3 Pathway Programs

Admission Requirements

While each applicant is considered holistically, the Admissions Committee looks for a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a four-point scale and a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the 68 semester credits of required prerequisite courses, with no grade below a “C” (C-minus grades are not accepted). In keeping with this approach, if you do not meet these criteria, you may still apply and provide evidence addressing your current academic record.

In addition, all candidates must:

  • Complete an earned bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in the program, unless the candidate is part of the USJ Undergraduate 3+3 Pathway Program (see below).
  • Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of study in a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Ordinarily, all prerequisite coursework should be less than seven calendar years old. Applicants with credits or credentials from outside the United States and Canada will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework before matriculating in the program. Ideally, prerequisites should be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation, but selected courses may be completed in the summer.

Required Courses

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.

Health-Related Science At least six semester credits or eight 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.

Pharmacy Admissions FAQs

Pharm.D. Application Information

The Pharmacy application deadline for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is June 3, 2021 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants who wish to be considered for admission into the 2020-2021 academic year will have time to submit their required application material and may include the July PCAT. Seats may be limited, so apply today! Applications are reviewed weekly and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Open House Information

The early decision application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year was Sept. 9, 2020. The University of Saint Joseph Pharm.D. program offers an “Early Decision” (ED) status option through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that the Pharm.D. program at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one Pharm.D. program. Contact our admissions staff directly for information on Early Decision eligibility requirements at [email protected] or call us at 860.231.5858.

Questions? Call The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at 860.231.5858.

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Undergraduate 3+3 Pathway Programs to a Pharm.D at USJ

Undergraduate Pathway programs minimize your time and maximize your investment by providing a path to complete your studies a year ahead of schedule, saving up to a year’s tuition in the process and allowing you to benefit from the best academics from each university. Contact [email protected] for more information about USJ’s 3+3 Pathway agreements with:

  • Albertus Magnus University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Iona College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Mercy College, OH
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences, IA
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, ME
  • Salve Regina University
  • The University of Detroit Mercy, MI
  • University of Hartford

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree and Pharm.D. in Six Years

The USJ Undergraduate Pathway Program uses credits from the first-year of the USJ Pharm.D. program to transfer to your undergraduate institution as credit toward graduation.

The first three years of the 3+3 program are devoted to coursework at your undergraduate institution. You will take courses in the major, general education courses, and electives that include all of the prerequisite coursework for the pharmacy program.

Students in the 3+3 Pathway Program will apply to the Pharm.D. program in the third year of their undergraduate program. If they are accepted, they can use a predetermined number of credits from the USJ Pharm.D. first year to satisfy the remaining credits for the bachelor’s degree, depending upon the major. Please contact us at [email protected] for specifics, since each case is unique.

For undergraduate students at the University of Saint Joseph, more information can be found here.

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