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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 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 science and mathematics prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to entry into the program
  • Take the PCAT and ensure 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.

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

What are the admission requirements?

To be eligible for admission into the entry-level Pharm.D. degree program, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree and present evidence of successful completion of the required prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States:

  • The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended.
  • Competitive applicants have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (4.0 scale).
  • Competitive applicants have a minimum math/science GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale).
  • Application is through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
  • The following material must be sent to PharmCAS along with your application:
    • Personal statement (minimum of 250 words) that describes your goals and reasons for pursuing a career in pharmacy
    • An official transcript from each college or university attended
    • Official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test PCAT, MCAT, DAT, GRE
    • Two professional letters of recommendation, one of which from a science professor or instructor and the other from a non-relative
    • If selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide your official college or university transcripts.

If you meet all eligibility requirements, you may then be contacted for an in-person interview. If selected for an interview, updated official transcripts from each college or university attended must be submitted prior to the interview. During the interview, an additional writing and mathematics test will be administered.

If you are an undergraduate or transfer student, please click here for information about the pre-pharmacy program.

NOTE: Admission into the Pharm.D. degree program is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee automatic admission.

When can I apply?

The USJ Pharmacy program will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year beginning in July 2019. The deadline to apply through PharmCAS is June 3, 2020.

Is the Pharmacy Program accredited?

The University of Saint Joseph Pharmacy program has been granted candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Click here for more information regarding accreditation status.

Is a bachelor’s degree required?

Yes. Applicants must have completed, or be near completing, either a B.S. or B.A. degree in order to apply for the program.

Is the PCAT required?


Do you offer a Pre-Pharmacy Program?

The University of Saint Joseph offers undergraduate students a pre-professional Pharmacy track. Students who plan to apply for the Pharmacy program in their senior year will complete all required prerequisites as part of their undergraduate course of study. For additional information, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 860.231.5216.

What is your typical class size?

The University of Saint Joseph Doctor of Pharmacy program strives to keep class sizes small, enabling our professors to provide students with individualized attention.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid may be available for those who qualify, so visit the Student Financial Services Office at the time of application.

Where is the Pharmacy Program located?

While the main USJ campus is located at 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford, CT, the Doctor of Pharmacy program is housed in our state-of-the-art facility located at 229 Trumbull Street in Hartford, CT.

Is student housing available?

There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of the Pharm.D. Program. Please visit the Pharmacy program housing page or contact the Office of Admission and Student Affairs, University of Saint Joseph Pharm.D. Program at 860.231.5858 for further information.

What are the benefits of your program?

The modified-block curriculum of the Pharm.D. program not only allows students to receive the financial benefits of employment sooner, but also has a proven record of increasing students’ ability to master the didactic material. It provides students with a rich experiential education in area pharmacies (community and institutional). Traditionally, the cohort model results in high pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination. Students will also benefit from the University’s history and reputation in the health science arena, as well as its long-standing collaborative relationship with hospitals and health care facilities.

Do you accept transfer students and transfer credits?

Due to our intensive modified 3-year block curriculum, we do not accept transfer students or transfer credits. Any applicant from a previous Pharmacy program who wishes to join our Pharm.D. Program would start as a P1.

Pharm.D. Application Information

The Pharmacy application deadline for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is June 1, 2020 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 is Sept. 9, 2019. The University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program offers a “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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Pharm.D. Admission Process: B.S. Programs in Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry to Earn The Pharm.D. in Six Years

The pathway, 3+3 Pharm.D., uses courses and curricula in the existing and approved programs.

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

The requirements of entering the Pharm.D. program are satisfied by some of the undergraduate major courses, many of the general education courses, and a few of the electives needed for students to have the 120 credits to graduate with an undergraduate degree at the University of Saint Joseph. Students prepared in Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry who pursue training as pharmacists from the University’s 3+3 Pharm.D. program will not only have an excellent foundation for a Pharmacy degree, but will begin their career early, filling the need for highly qualified pharmacists.

Students will apply for the Pharm.D. program in the third year of their undergraduate program. If they are accepted, they can use 7 to 10 credits of their major courses plus elective courses to satisfy the remaining credits for the B.S. degree, depending upon the major. Please see the B.S. degree programs below for specific information.

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