Pre-Pharmacy Admissions Information

Start your pursuit of a career in pharmacy with all the advantages of the Drake pre-pharmacy program.  The Drake pre-pharmacy program is a two year curriculum which prepares students to apply to Drake's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.  All students admitted to the pre-pharmacy program receive the benefits of the Drake PharmD Difference, which students find very beneficial as they progress through pre-pharmacy and apply to the PharmD program.  The Drake PharmD Difference provides a unique and beneficial experience that inludes opportunities to join professional pharmacy organizations as early as your first semester, having the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) requirement waived and much more!  

Students can only be admitted to the pre-pharmacy program directly from high school, so you should plan to apply during the fall of your senior year.  To apply for pre-pharmacy for the fall 2015 semester, you must complete an application for admission by December 1, 2014.  Unlike students who apply to other majors at Drake and are admitted on a rolling basis, pre-pharmacy students are selected from a pool of applicants.  In order to be considered for pre-pharmacy, you MUST list pre-pharmacy as your primary major on the application along with a secondary major in case you are not admitted to the program.  There are no official GPA or ACT requirements for the pre-pharmacy program.  Competitive applicants take a rigorous and challenging curriculum throughout high school and demonstrate leadership and involvement both inside and outside the classroom.

What Distinguishes Drake's PharmD Program?

The following information pertains to the professional PharmD degree at Drake.  The first two years of pre-pharmacy are not included in this information.


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July 17, 2015
Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of Experiential Education Cheryl Clarke, PH’86, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
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