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Required Courses

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

Student Spotlights

Esteban Fallas, PharmD Candidate

Anticipated Graduation: 2023

My life has undergone many changes, but going back to school has been the most significant to me. Although it had been more than five years since the last time I was in school, my ambition was stronger than my fears. The tunnel vision I brought into pharmacy school has proven that risks are just another part of the life you really want. (USJ is very accepting and encouraging for everyone as long as you show them you have what it takes) Within my pharmacy career here at USJ, I have been intensively involved in many organizations, including being the president of Phi Lambda Signa, one of the executive board members of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association as the student liaison, and the event coordinator for our student government organization. In addition, I currently work as a medication history tech at Yale-New Haven Hospital. (All of these opportunities were directly provided to us by USJ) In these leadership positions and experiences, I gained invaluable skills, including critical thinking, time management techniques, and collaboration skills, all of which will help me become a successful pharmacist.  

In 5 years, I aim to be a successful bilingual pharmacist. I want to offer meaningful services to patients who may face the challenges I once faced. By becoming more involved within our unprivileged communities, my goal is to use my privilege and expertise to make a difference in every patient’s life. To achieve this, I hope to complete a PGY1 and PGY2 residency program within the State of Connecticut and actively work as a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist. I firmly believe nothing will be as fulfilling as developing lasting patient relationships and becoming someone my community knows they can count on and trust in times of need. I also see myself serving as a mentor and preceptor to pharmacy students within the state. 

Calvin Metellus, PharmD Candidate P1

Anticipated Graduation: May 2023

I decided to go to pharmacy school because I have a passion for understanding the biology behind medication while having a passion for helping and communicating with those in need. I choose USJ because I felt that the class size and sense of unity amongst the faculty could create and enhanced the best foundation to mold a student into a true pharmaceutical professional. Currently, I am a member of Kappa Psi, NCPA & ASHP, and have participated in school projects such as Kappa Psi’s Homes for the Brave Collection to bring awareness and gather necessities for our veterans in need. In addition, I am looking to expand my role here at USJ as I now look to take positional roles within our student organizations. My best advice for someone considering pharmacy as a career is that if you have a passion for medical knowledge and also share a joy for helping people pharmacy is the path for you!

Francesca Amici, PharmD Candidate P2

Anticipated Graduation: 2022

I went to Pharmacy school because of my fascination with the idea that a chemical (drug) can produce such profound effects on the body. This increasing curiosity led me to want to pursue a career in pharmacy to further this knowledge and to use this knowledge to help my future patients. I went to USJ as an undergraduate and had the pleasure of conducting a research project with Dr. Sweezy. This experience showed me the passion that the faculty have for teaching students and the ample one-on-one attention provided because of the smaller class size. These are just a couple of reasons that led me to choose USJ.

A couple of organizations I am apart of at USJ Pharmacy School are APhA and Rho Chi Honor Society. In APhA, I serve as an Rx Generation Co-Chair with my classmate, Melissa. We initiated some great projects such as a Narcan Training Event, Drug Take-Back events, and an informational Pharmacy talk for undergraduate students. Some advice I have for anyone considering Pharmacy as a career is to stay organized and to always stay ahead of assignments and studying.

Akhil Mathew, PharmD Candidate P2

Anticipated Graduation: 2022

A pharmacist’s role continues to expand over the years to optimize health outcomes by being the most accessible healthcare provider in the community. Pharmacy has always been of interest to me and was instilled at a young age by my father, who is a pharmacist. I would see him continue to be passionate about his profession and to be able to serve the community. I remember being a troublemaker when I was little so my mom would drop me off at my dad’s pharmacy while running errands. During these times I would see my dad interacting and providing care to many people. This would also extend outside the pharmacy as he would be thanked often. Seeing my dad make a difference in the community often made me see my dad as a superhero and is the reason why I chose to pursue this profession.

Fulfilling my dreams of pharmacy here at USJ SOP was an easy choice for me due to its class size, and the opportunities to get involved with the school and community. I am currently a part of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Being a part of these two organizations has opened many opportunities and given me a chance to further develop my personal skills. Not to mention, the lifelong friendships I have built at USJ shaped me into the person I am today, and I am looking forward to creating more memories with my pharmacy family.


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 44 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 44 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.

Pharm.D. Application Information

The Pharmacy application deadline for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is June 1, 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applicants who wish to be considered for admission into the 2022-2023 academic year will have time to submit their required application material. Seats may be limited, so apply today! Applications are reviewed weekly and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Apply Now Open House Information

The early decision application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year was Sept. 9, 2021. 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 The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at 860.231.5858 for information on Early Decision eligibility requirements.


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:

  • 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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