Admission FAQ: Pre-Pharmacy and PharmD

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences' Admission FAQ page.  This page will address common questions that we receive from students who are interested in applying to our pre-pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs.  

Students may be admitted to the two-year pre-pharmacy program directly from high school and, after completing the established criteria, may be admitted to the four-year professional program.  Students who complete their prerequisite coursework at another regionally accredited institution or in a major other than pre-pharmacy at Drake can apply directly to our PharmD program. 

If you encounter problems with any of the links on this page, or if you have suggestions for additional questions we should address on this page, please use the Contact Us link within the Resources section of our website.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 or dupharm@drake.edu for more information.


General Admission Information

  1. How long does it take to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and become a licensed pharmacist? 
  2. Can I earn a PharmD degree in two years if I already have a bachelor’s degree? 
  3. Is it possible to earn a PharmD degree at Drake by taking evening, weekend or online courses? 
  4. Does Drake offer admission to the PharmD program in the spring semester? 
  5. I'm looking for a master's degree or PhD degree in a pharmacy field.  Is the PhD the same as the PharmD?  Does Drake offer master's or PhD programs in Pharmacy? 

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High School Students: Preparing to enter Drake's Pre-Pharmacy Program

  1. What courses should I take in high school to enter a pre-pharmacy program? 
  2. Is it possible for a high school student to complete the pre-pharmacy program in one year instead of two? 
  3. I have the opportunity to take some courses at a community college while I am still in high school.  What courses should I take if I want to enter a pre-pharmacy program? 
  4. I’m planning to apply for admission in the fall semester of my senior year.  Will it really matter what classes I take in my senior year? 
  5. I have enough credits to graduate in the middle of my senior year.  Does Drake recommend that I graduate early and take some courses at a local college in the spring before entering Drake in the fall? 

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High School Students: The Pre-Pharmacy Application and Admission Process

  1. How do I apply for pre-pharmacy admission? 
  2. What is the pre-pharmacy application deadline? 
  3. What are the minimum required grades and test scores I need to be admitted to Drake's pre-pharmacy program? 
  4. Can I still come to Drake if I am not directly admitted into pre-pharmacy?  What are my options? 

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Pre-Pharmacy Students: The PharmD Admission Process

  1. What is the Drake PharmD Difference? 
  2. What is the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences looking for in students who apply to the PharmD program from the pre-pharmacy program? 
  3. When will I complete the admission interview and writing assessment and how are these components structured? 
  4. What resources are available to help me prepare for my interview? 
  5. What role will the interview and writing assessment play in the admission process? 
  6. Are Drake pre-pharmacy students required to take the PCAT? 
  7. How will Drake treat my AP, IB or dual college credits? 
  8. How does study abroad work for Drake pre-pharmacy students? 

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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy at Drake: Admission Process  

  1. How do I apply for PharmD admission? 
  2. What is the PharmD application deadline? 
  3. What are the minimum requirements for admission into Drakes PharmD program? What can I do if I do not meet these minimums? 
  4. Does Drake require applicants to complete an admissions interview?  How are applicants selected and invited to interview?  Will Drake allow me to interview via phone if I live far away? 
  5. How and when do I apply for one of the PharmD joint degree programs (MBA, MPA, Law, MPH)? 

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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy at Drake: PCAT 

  1. Does Drake require PharmD applicants to take the PCAT? 
  2. If I take the PCAT more than once, which score does Drake use? 
  3. What is the minimum overall score Drake requires to be considered for admission to the PharmD program? 
  4. When should I take the PCAT and how do I register to take it? 
  5. What should I do if I live overseas and the PCAT is not offered regularly? 
  6. Where should my scores be sent? 
  7. Can I substitute the MCAT or GRE for the PCAT? 

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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy at Drake: Prerequisites 

  1. What prerequisite courses do I need to complete to be considered for admission to Drake's PharmD program? 
  2. Do I have to take physics to be considered for admission? 
  3. Do I have to actually complete all the prerequisite courses before submitting my application? 
  4. If I did not complete my prerequisites at Drake, how can I know if my previous or current coursework meets Drake’s requirements and can be transferred in?  Will Drake evaluate my transcripts? 
  5. What if I’m missing some of the prerequisite courses?  Can I come to Drake and complete them?  Will I be given special consideration for admission to the PharmD program if I am already a Drake student? 
  6. Will Drake accept a course if credits were earned through an equivalency exam? 
  7. I took my science courses in college a long time ago.  Should I retake them as a refresher before applying to the PharmD program? 
  8. How do I know if my courses will transfer from a local community college? 

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PharmD Class Composition and Admission Statistics

  1. How many students are accepted in Drake's PharmD program each year? 
  2. How many in-state and out-of-state students are accepted? 
  3. How many applications do you receive, and what are my chances for getting into the PharmD program? 

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Foreign Educational Standards

  1. Does Drake admit international students into the PharmD program?  Is there a quota? 
  2. I have foreign credentials.  What information do I need to know? 
  3. What are Drake's requirements and tuition costs for international students? 

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Current Drake Students Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy: Admission Process 

  1. I am a current Drake student and I want to apply to the PharmD program.  When should I apply for admission? 
  2. What courses should I take at Drake to be considered for admission to the PharmD program? 
  3. What should I major in at Drake? 
  4. What are Drake’s admission requirements to enter the PharmD program? 
  5. How many students are admitted to the PharmD program at Drake each year? 
  6. Are my chances of being admitted to the PharmD program greater if I am a current Drake student? 
  7. Should I still attend Drake if I wasn’t admitted into the pre-pharmacy program? 

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Financial Aid Information

  1. What Financial Aid is available for pharmacy students?

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The Pharmacy Profession

  1. What can I do with a pharmacy degree? 
  2. What is Drake’s placement rate for PharmD graduates? 
  3. If I graduate with a PharmD from Drake, can I become licensed and practice in a state other than Iowa? 
  4. When should I apply for one of Drake's PharmD joint degree programs (MBA, MPA, Law, MPH)?

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General Admission Information

1. Question: How long does it take to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and become a licensed pharmacist? 

Answer: The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is a four-year professional degree program.  This four-year program consists of three years of on-campus pharmacy coursework (with some practical experiences) followed by a full year of rotations in various pharmacy settings.  

Prior to being admitted to the PharmD program, Drake pre-pharmacy students complete a two-year pre-pharmacy curriculum, for a total of six years.  

Students who complete their prerequisite coursework at another institution or in a major other than pre-pharmacy at Drake can also apply to our PharmD program.  The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Admission Committee does not give preference to applicants based on whether or not they complete an undergraduate degree.  Some applicants have a bachelor’s degree while others do not.  This can lead to variations in the amount of time it may take students to complete the prerequisite courses, and if admitted, the PharmD coursework.


2. Question: Can I earn a PharmD degree in two years if I already have a bachelor's degree? 

Answer: No, the PharmD curriculum is a four-year curriculum.  There is no opportunity to accelerate the program and graduate in less than four years.


3. Question: Is it possible to earn a PharmD degree at Drake by taking evening, weekend or online courses? 

Answer: Drake does not offer the PharmD degree through evening, weekend, or online courses.


4. Question: Does Drake offer admission to the PharmD program in the spring semester? 

Answer: Due to the sequencing of the prerequisite and professional program coursework, Drake does not offer admission to any level of study in the pharmacy program for the spring semester.  Students may only be admitted as first-year pharmacy students (P1) for the fall semester. 


5. Question: I’m looking for a master's degree or PhD degree in a pharmacy field.  Is a PhD the same as a PharmD?  Does Drake offer master's or PhD programs in pharmacy? 

Answer: The PharmD is a clinical entry-level doctorate program that allows graduates to sit for the national licensing examination.  The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences does not offer a master's or PhD in any pharmacy related field. 

 

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High School Students: Preparing to Enter Drake's Pre-Pharmacy Program 

1. Question: What courses should I take in high school to enter a pre-pharmacy program? 

Answer: Students should take challenging courses throughout high school in order to prepare themselves well for the rigor of the pre-pharmacy program.  Drake does not require a specific number of credits in any particular area of study to be considered for admission to the pre-pharmacy program.  However, we do recommend students take challenging courses in biology, chemistry, and math.  We also strongly recommend that students take any available advanced math courses that would help prepare them for chemistry and calculus in the first year of pre-pharmacy.


2. Question: Is it possible for a high school student to complete the pre-pharmacy program in one year instead of two? 

Answer: The professional pharmacy program cannot be completed in less than four years.  However, it may be possible for a student to complete the two years of the pre-pharmacy program in one year if he or she has had the opportunity in high school to complete a full year of biology, a full year of chemistry, a semester of calculus and/or statistics and enough additional coursework to total 25-30 credit hours upon entering Drake.  In this very specific situation, a student could potentially be able to graduate in five years instead of six years if he or she were admitted to the PharmD program.  A student in this situation would begin the PharmD application process by completing the PharmCAS and Drake supplemental applications the summer before his or her first-year at Drake.  He or she would complete the interview and writing assessment in the fall semester of his or her first year. Students who qualify to complete pre-pharmacy in one year must apply for permission, consult with and have approval to do so from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Academic and Student Affairs.


3. Question: I have the opportunity to take some courses at a community college while i am still in high school.  What courses should I take if I want to enter a pre-pharmacy program? 

Answer: We suggest that students choose from courses in the following areas: an appropriate advanced math course, composition, public speaking, a computer course, statistics, history (2 courses), a fine arts course or an international/multicultural course such as cultural anthropology.


4. Question: I’m planning to apply for admission in the fall semester of my senior year.  Will it really matter what classes I take in my senior year? 

Answer: Yes!  Continuing to take challenging courses in the senior year prepares students to do well in the pre-pharmacy curriculum.  Students should not underestimate the difficulty of the first year of college because it is both an academic, as well as a social adjustment.  Taking a somewhat easier courseload in the senior year makes the transition to college-level coursework that much harder.


5. Question: I have enough credits to graduate in the middle of my senior year.  Does Drake recommend that I graduate early and take some courses at a local college in the spring before entering Drake in the fall? 

Answer: We strongly discourage this plan.  In fact, Drake cannot consider a student who graduates and takes courses at a local college for admission to the pre-pharmacy program.  Once a student graduates from high school and takes courses at any kind of postsecondary institution, we consider him or her a transfer student and ineligible for admission to the pre-pharmacy program.  A student in this situation can still apply to the PharmD program, but would not be eligible for the benefits of the Drake PharmD Difference. 

 

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High School Students: The Pre-Pharmacy Application and Admission Process 

1. Question: How do I apply for pre-pharmacy admission? 

Answer: High school students should apply online at www.drake.edu or obtain a printed application by contacting the Office of Admission at 1-800-44-DRAKE.  Students may also contact the Office of Admission locally at 271-3181 or by e-mail at admission@drake.edu.


2. Question: What is the pre-pharmacy application deadline? 

Answer: The pre-pharmacy application deadline for fall 2015 admission is December 1, 2014.  Official documents, including application for admission, $25 application fee (waived for U.S. undergraduates submitting an application online), official high school transcript, official test scores, admission essay and letters of recommendation from guidance counselors or teachers must be postmarked no later than December 1.  

We strongly recommend that students submit all admission materials early in the fall semester rather that waiting until the deadline approaches.  Students should also request official high school transcripts and letters of recommendation to be sent to Drake early.  This will ensure that Drake receives all admission materials on time in order to fully consider a student's application.  

Under no circumstances can Drake consider a student for admission to the pre-pharmacy program after the final deadline.  This also applies to students who may have been admitted to a different program of study at Drake and now wish to switch to the pre-pharmacy program.


3. Question: What are the minimum required grades and test scores I need to be admitted to Drake's pre-pharmacy program? 

Answer: While there are no official academic requirements for the pre-pharmacy program, students entering in the fall 2014 have high school GPAs ranging from 2.84 to 4.0.  These students also have ACT Composite scores ranging from 22 to 35 and ACT Math scores ranging from 23 to 36.  Competitive applicants will take a rigorous and challenging curriculum throughout high school and demonstrate leadership and involvement both inside and outside the classroom.


4. Question: Can I still come to Drake if I am not admitted directly into pre-pharmacy?  What are my options? 

Answer: Students should consider enrolling at Drake because they feel it’s the right college for them and wish to earn a Drake degree, whether it is a pharmacy degree or not.  Students should not enroll at Drake only to try to increase their chances of entering the pharmacy program.

For additional specific information on how Drake considers applicants to the PharmD program from other majors at Drake please review our PharmD Admissions Information page.  

 

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Pre-Pharmacy Students: The PharmD Admission Process 

1. Question: What is the Drake PharmD Difference? 

Answer: The Drake PharmD Difference provides pre-pharmacy students with preparation for admission into the professional pharmacy program.  This program is offered to students admitted to pre-pharmacy directly from high school.  Please click here for information from Drake's Office of Admission about pre-pharmacy application requirements and deadlines. 

Please see the Drake PharmD Difference for information about the benefits, requirements, application process and considerations for pre-pharmacy students applying to the PharmD program. 


2.  Question: What is the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences looking for in students who appy to the PharmD program from the pre-pharmacy program? 

Answer: Each student that applies to the PharmD program has a variety of educational, professional and personal experiences that make him or her unique.  The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences admits students into the PharmD program that we believe have the potential for academic and professional success.  Our faculty believe that our students are individuals and not "numbers."  Therefore, our admission process allows us to get to know individual applicants as people rather than only considering their academic profiles.  Our faculty have determined several characteristics they feel are important for pharmacists to possess in addition to academic abilities.  Top characteristics that we look for when interviewing potential PharmD students include: 

    • Motivation 
    • Values and ethics 
    • Communication skills 
    • Ability and desire to be a self-learner
    • Ability and desire for personal and professional improvement
    • Open-mindedness
    • Professionalism

Few of these personal characteristics can be assessed by considering a grade point average.  This is why the PharmD admission process is composed of two phases that are designed to assess students' academic and professional potential.


3. Question: When will I complete the admission interview and writing assessment and how are these components structured? 

Answer: Interpersonal skills are extremely important to the pharmacy profession, which is why the interview is an integral part of the admission process.  Pre-pharmacy students complete their interviews in the fall of their sophomore year.  Students will discuss academic, professional and personal thoughts and accomplishments in order to help the Admissions Committee asses them in the areas of: 

    • Motivation 
    • Values and ethics 
    • Communication skills 
    • Ability and desire to be a self-learner
    • Ability and desire for personal and professional improvement
    • Open-mindedness
    • Professionalism

The writing assessment will allow students to demonstrate their written communication abilities.  Students are asked to respond to a written prompt provided by the College in an essay.  Students are assessed on how well they communicate their thoughts through writing in the areas of clarity, focus, organization, structure, elaboration, detail, support and mechanical conventions.  Pre-pharmacy students complete the writing assessment late in the fall semester of their sophomore year.


4. Question: What resources are available to help me prepare for my interivew? 

Answer: Students have an opportunity to complete a mock interview through their first year CAPS (Career, Academic, and Professional Success) courses.  Every pre-pharmacy student is encouraged to sign up for a mock interview.  Not only will this help students prepare for their interview for admission into the professional program, but will also provide experience as students interview for future employment opportunities.


5. Question: What role will the interview and writing assessment play in the admission process? 

Answer: The admission decision is based on academic accomplishment and interpersonal and writeen communication skills.  While the interview and writing assessment are very important parts of the admission process, academics are also important.  The Admissions Committee will consider students' overall GPA, math/science GPA from their required math and science courses, interview assessment and writing assessment. 


6. Question: Are Drake pre-pharmacy students required to take the PCAT? 

Answer: No, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences waives the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) requirement for Drake pre-pharmacy students.  Drake does not factor any PCAT scores into the admission decision for Drake pre-pharmacy students.


7. Question: How will Drake treat my AP, IB or dual college credits? 

Answer: Students who wish to use transfer credit earned through dual college credit must earn a C or higher in the course and make sure it is identified as equivalent to the required course at Drake.  Students who wish to use Advanced Placement (AP) scores for credit must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam.  Students who are able to use AP or dual college credits for pre-pharmacy requirements will not need to take these course at Drake.  

Students may use AP credit for all first-year pre-pharmacy requirements EXCEPT the general (inorganic) chemistry and biology requirements.  AP Biology will not fulfill the biology coursework required for the Drake pre-pharmacy program and AP Chemistry will not fulfill the chemistry coursework requried for the Drake pre-pharmacy program.  Taking AP Biology or AP Chemistry and scoring a 4 or above on the exam would allow the credits to transfer to Drake as elective credit.  A College representative will meet with each student at orientation to determine the best academic plan for the student based on courses they have taken in high school.  To see a list of AP credits Drake accepts, please see the University's AP Credit Policy.


8Question: How does study abroad work for Drake pre-pharmacy students? 

Answer: Drake students are able to complete study abroad experiences during either semester of the sophomore year of pre-pharmacy.  In addition, a number of summer opportunities are available for academic credit as well as study abroad opportunities during the January term (J-Term). Students also have the opportunity to complete one rotation abroad during the P4 year in locations such as Belize, New Zealand, Australia, France, South Africa among others. 

 

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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy at Drake: Admission Process 

1. Question: How do I apply for PharmD admission? 

Answer: Students who complete their prerequisite coursework at another regionally accredited institution or in a major other than pre-pharmacy at Drake can apply to our PharmD program by meeting the following requirements.  Please note that these are the requirements applicants must meet in order for their applications to be considered complete.  Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the PharmD program.  

    • Submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application available at www.pharmcas.org.  
    • Submit a Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application and $70 application fee (availabe on the CPHS Admissions website). 
    • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT​) and have scores submitted directly to PharmCAS.  Although there is no minimum score required, a composite scores in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.  Drake will accept January PCAT scores for the fall 2015 admission cycle.  
    • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in PharmCAS).  
    • Complete (or be in the process of completing) the prerequisite coursework outlined on the CPHS Admissions website


2. Question: What is the application deadline? 

Answer: All application materials for fall 2015 must be submitted online or postmarked by December 1, 2014.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process during the spring 2015 semester. ​ 

PharmCAS must receive all official transcripts from colleges or universities within the United States no later than Monday, December 1, 2014.  Please do NOT send transcripts directly to Drake unless specifically requested.


3. Question: What are the minimum requirements? What if I don’t meet the minimum requirements? Is there anything I can do? 

  • Submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application available at www.pharmcas.org.  
  • Submit a Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application and $70 application fee (available on the CPHS Admissions website). 
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT​ ) and have scores submitted directly to PharmCAS.  Although there is no minimum score required, a composite scores in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.  Drake will accept January PCAT scores for the fall 2015 admission cycle.  
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in PharmCAS).  
  • Complete (or be in the process of completing) the prerequisite coursework outlined on the CPHS Admissions website


4. Question: Does Drake require applicants to complete an admissions interview?  How are applicants selected and invited to interview?  Will Drake allow me to interview via phone if I live far away? 

Answer: In the first phase of the admission process, applicants are evaluated on the strength of their PharmCAS applications, Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Applications, overall GPA and PCAT composite scores.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to participate in the second phase of the admission process during the spring semester.  Some applicants who meet the minimum requirements may not be invited to participate in the second phase of the admission process.

The second phase of the admission process includes an on-campus interview and writing assessment.  This phase must be completed in person.  Applicants who are invited to participate in the second phase may NOT complete interviews via phone or electronic means and may NOT complete the writing assessment from another location.  

During the interview, applicants will be evaluated on their strengths in the following areas of interpersonal communication:

    • Motivation for pursuing a career in Pharmacy
    • Ability to work collaboratively
    • Values and ethics aligned with those of the profession
    • Maturity
    • Leadership experience and potential
    • Desire to learn and improve
    • Professionalism 

During the writing assessment, applicants will be evaluated on their strengths in the following areas of written communication:

    • Clarity and focus 
    • Organization and structure 
    • Elaboration, detail and support 
    • Mechanical conventions 

Students who are invited to complete the second phase of the admission process will be notified in December-February.


5. Question: How and when do I apply for one of the PharmD joint degree programs (MBA, MPA, Law, MPH)? 

Answer: Students must be admitted to the PharmD program prior to applying for any of the joint degree programs.  Students generally learn about and apply for the joint degree programs during the P1 year.  Students apply to the College of Business and Public Administration (MBA and MPA), Law School (Law) or Des Moines University (MPH) directly in order to enroll in these joint degree programs.  For more information about our joint degree programs and to see a sample curriculum for each, please see our CPHS Programs website.  

 

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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy at Drake: PCAT 

1. Question: Do you require PharmD applicantsto take the PCAT?  

Answer:  Drake requires all applicants not enrolled in Drake's pre-pharmacy program to take the PCAT in order to be considered for admission into the PharmD program.  For more information about scheduling your test, visit the PCAT website.


2. Question:  If I take the PCAT more than once, which score does Drake use? 

Answer: Drake will consider the highest PCAT score an applicant has earned within the last four years.


3. Question: What is the minimum overall score Drake requires to be considered for admission to the PharmD program? 

Answer: While there is no minimum PCAT score required, a composite score in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.


4. Question: When should I take the PCAT and how do I register to take it? 

Answer: Applicants are encouraged to complete the PCAT in the summer or early fall.  Although January PCAT scores will be accepted, we strongly encourage applicants to reserve January testing dates for retakes if they did not earn the score they wanted.  For more information about scheduling your test, visit the PCAT website.


5. Question: What should I do if I live overseas and the PCAT is not offered regularly? 

Answer: The PCAT can be administered overseas by special arrangement.  Students should contact PCAT as early as possible to make arrangements to schedule an exam prior to Drake’s application deadline.  Drake cannot grant waivers to the PCAT requirement.


6. Question: Where should my scores be sent? 

Answer: Students should submit their PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS at code 104.  Please do not send score reports directly to Drake. 


7. Question: Can I substitute the MCAT or GRE for the PCAT? 

Answer: The PCAT is the only test the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will accept for PharmD admission consideration.  The PCAT focuses on content found specifically in the prerequisite courses required for pharmacy and is the only test that allows us to adequately compare student applications.  It is also the only test that PharmCAS will accommodate in the application process.  

 

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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy at Drake: Prerequisites 

1. Question: What prerequisite courses do I need to complete to be considered for admission to Drake's PharmD program? 

Answer: Please visit our PharmD Admissions website for a complete list of required prerequisites.


2. Question: Do I have to take physics to be considered for PharmD admission? 

Answer: Physics is not a required prerequisite for admission consideration.


3. Question: Do I have to actually complete all the prerequisite courses before submitting my application? 

Answer: Students do NOT need to have all prerequisite coursework completed prior to submitting an application for admission into the PharmD program.  However, all math and science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling in the PharmD program.  English and public speaking prerequisites must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to enrolling. 


4. Question: If I did not complete my prerequisite courses at Drake, how can I know if my previous or current coursework meets Drake’s requirements and can be transferred in?  Will Drake evaluate my transcripts? 

Answer: Drake University will not evaluate a prospective student's transcript to determine if the student meets the required prerequisites.  Students who have questions about specific courses they have taken (or intend to take) may contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences via email at dupharm@drake.edu and provide the following information about the course: 

    • Insitution where course was taken (full name and location) 
    • Course title
    • Course number
    • Semester and year course was taken (fall/spring/summer and year) 
    • Course description (provide a direct link to the course in the school's course catalog or copied directly from the school's course catalog) 
    • Course syllabus


5. Question: What if I’m missing some of the prerequisite courses? Can I come to Drake and complete them?  Will I be given special consideration for admission to the PharmD program if I am already a Drake student? 

Answer: Students must complete all required math and science prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling in Drake's PharmD program.  All English and public speaking prerequisites must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to enrolling.  Students may enroll at Drake to complete any unfinished prerequisites, however there is no special consideration given to students who complete their prerequisites at Drake.  Prerequisite courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution.  Students should consider enrolling at Drake because they feel it’s the right college for them and wish to earn a Drake degree, whether it is a pharmacy degree or not.  Students should not enroll at Drake only to try to increase their chances of entering the pharmacy program.


6. Question: Will Drake accept a course if credits were earned through an equivalency exam? 

Answer: Drake will accept a course if credit is earned through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or GCE Advanced Level examinations.  Admitted students should have official score reports sent directly to the Drake University Office of Student Records and Academic Information.  Students upon receipt of official records from the examining body and it meets minimum score standards.  

Students who wish to fulfill prerequisites using Advanced Placement (AP) scores must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam.  Please see Drake University's AP Credit policy or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information.  

Credits earned through an individual institution’s placement examination will not be accepted for credit.  Students who have completed a prerequisite via an individual institution's placement exam will need to complete the course.


7. Question: I took my science courses in college a long time ago.  Should I retake them as a refresher before applying to the PharmD program? 

Answer: It is generally a good idea to retake biology, chemistry, and/or math courses if they were completed more than seven ears ago.  We recommend students retake courses that they took more than seven years ago because the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is divided into sections that test these areas and retaking these courses may assist you in earning the best score possible.  Most importantly, retaking these courses may help you better prepare for the demands of the coursework in the PharmD program.


8. Question: How do I know if my courses transfer from a local community college? 

Answer: You can find a list of Iowa communiy colleges and how their courses relate to our PharmD prerequisites by visiting our Transfer Equivalency Guides

 

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PharmD Class Composition and Admission Statistics 

1.  Question: How many students are accepted in Drake's PharmD program each year? 

Answer: According to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation standards, Drake is limited to enrolling 110 students in the P1 class.


2. Question: How many in-state and out-of-state students are accepted? 

Answer: As a private university, Drake considers all students equally.  Students are not reviewed according to in-state or out-of-state residency status.


3. Question: How many applications do you receive, and what are my chances for getting into the PharmD program? 

Answer: Drake receives an average of about 400 applications for the PharmD program each year.  The number of applicants admitted varies each year based on the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.  Drake enrolls approximately 110 P1 students each year.  

 

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Foreign Educational Standards 

1. Question: Does Drake accept international students into the PharmD program?  Is there a quota? 

Answer: Drake does consider international students for admission into the PharmD program, and there is no quota for the number of international students that may be admitted to the program.


2.  Question: I have foreign credentials.  What information do I need to know?

Answer: Drake University welcomes both U.S. and international students with foreign educational credentials to apply for admission into the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Drake has no quota for the number of international students that may be considered for admission. 

Only students who are applying directly from high (secondary) school may be admitted to the pre-pharmacy program.  Students who have graduated from high school must complete their prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited institution and apply directly to the PharmD program.  U.S. and international students who are applying to Drake directly from high school should follow the guidelines for admission outlined on our Pre-Pharmacy Admissions website. Students must take either the SAT or the ACT to be considered for admission to pre-pharmacy.  

Students who have post secondary educational credentials, especially degrees in pharmacy, from foreign universities may find it difficult to determine whether they are eligible to apply for the professional program.  In general, students who have never studied in the U.S. do not have enough general education courses completed to apply for the PharmD program because many foreign degree programs are more focused on the major field of study.  General education courses would include equivalent courses in communications (specifically composition and speech), the humanities and social sciences.  All students, whether they have degrees or not, must complete or have plans to complete the prerequisite courses outlined on the PharmD Admissions website prior to enrolling in the PharmD program.  Students must complete these courses in order to graduate from Drake with a PharmD degree.  No exceptions will be made.  With very few exceptions, English composition courses taken overseas cannot be accepted for credit. 

Due to U.S. licensing requirements, students who have earned degrees in a pharmacy field or enrolled in pharmacy courses at a foreign institution may not transfer pharmacy courses into Drake's PharmD program.  Drake's PharmD program takes a full four years to complete.  We do not offer accelerated programs and students may only be admitted to the P1 class in the fall semester each year.  

Students with postsecondary foreign educational credentials should begin to complete the PharmCAS application well ahead of the application deadline.  Students should submit foreign transcripts and academic credentials to a PharmCAS approved evaluation agency.  It is extremely important to start this process early because in some cases, it can take quite a while to have foreign records sent directly from the school.  Once the applicant's academic credentials are evaluated, the evaluation agency will send the evaluation directly to PharmCAS, who will verify the records and evaluation.  PharmCAS must recieve the foreign evaluation prior to the application deadline in order for the application to be considered complete.  

Please do not send international transcripts directly to Drake unless specifically requested.  Only students who are admitted to the PharmD program will be required to submit orignial transcripts directly to Drake. 


3. Question: What are your requirements and tuition costs for international students? 

Answer: International applicants are evaluated on the same requirements and standards as domestic students.  For a list of requirements, please visit our PharmD Admissions website.  

For a list of our tuition and fees for the 2014/2015 academic year, please visit our Tuition and Fees website.  

 

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Current Drake Students Not Enrolled in Pre-Pharmacy: Admission Process 

1. Question: I am a current Drake student and I want to apply to the PharmD program.  When should I apply for admission? 

Answer: Current Drake students who are not enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program and wish to apply to the PharmD program for the fall 2015 semester should complete a PharmCAS application and a Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application by December 1, 2014


2. Question: What courses should I take at Drake to be considered for admission to the PharmD program? 

Answer: Current Drake students can find a list of prerequisite courses and their corresponding course numbers at Drake on our PharmD Admissions website


3. Question: What should I major in at Drake? 

Answer: Drake students who wish to enroll in the PharmD program can choose any major they wish at Drake.  You should choose a major according to your own interests.  It is important not to limit yourself in your first years of study because these years are intended to help you explore a variety of subjects and assess your skills.  The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences considers students of all majors when examining applications for admission.  The most important thing to remember when registering for courses is to make sure you complete all of the required prerequisites prior to enrolling in the PharmD program.  All required math and science courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling.  English and public speaking requirements must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to enrolling. 


4. Question: What are Drake's admission requirements to enter the PharmD program? 

Answer: For a complete list of PharmD admission requirements, please visit our PharmD Admissions website.


5. Question: How many students are admitted to the PharmD program at Drake each year? 

Answer: The Drake PharmD program enrolls 110 students in the P1 class every year.


6. Question: Are my chances of being admitted to the PharmD program if I am a current Drake student? 

Answer: Drake considers all applicants equally, regardless of where they complete their prerequisites.  Students should consider enrolling at Drake because they feel it’s the right college for them and wish to earn a Drake degree, whether it is a pharmacy degree or not.  Students should not enroll at Drake only to try to increase their chances of entering the pharmacy program.


7. Question: Should I still attend Drake if I wasn't admitted into the CPHS pre-pharmacy program? 

Answer: Students chose Drake for a wide variety of reasons: size, location, student-faculty interaction, leadership and cocurricular opportunities, internships, affordability, quality of education, and many more.  Consider the factors that are important to you and whether or not Drake is the best match for your personal and academic interests.  Students should consider enrolling at Drake because they feel it’s the right college for them and wish to earn a Drake degree, whether it is a pharmacy degree or not.  Students should not enroll at Drake only to try to increase their chances of entering the pharmacy program. 

Please note: Admission requirements to the Drake PharmD program are subject to change. Students should check Drake University's Admissions website and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' PharmD Admission website each year to learn about current policies. 

 

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Financial Aid Information 

1. Question: What Financial Aid is available for pharmacy students? 

Answer: Merit and need based aid is available to students entering the pharmacy program.  Please visit our Office of Student Financial Planning website for more information about financial aid.  It is important to file the FAFSA by the March 1 priority scholarship and financial aid deadline, regardless of whether you have heard about your admission status or not.  

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also provides scholarships to students entering the PharmD program.  Visit our CPHS Scholarships website for more information.  

 

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The Pharmacy Profession 

1.  Question: What can I do with a pharmacy degree? 

Answer: There are many career avenues for licensed pharmacists that include community pharmacy (retail or independent pharmacy), hospital practice, work within the pharmaceutical industry, work with pharmacy associations and regulatory agencies, academia, and consulting.  Drake’s program is designed to expose students to a variety of opportunities in the pre-pharmacy program and provide in-depth experiential learning opportunities throughout the PharmD program to help students focus their education in an area that will meet their career goals. 


2. Question: What is Drake’s placement rate for PharmD graduates? 

Answer: Drake has had nearly 100% placement since 1984.


3. Question: If I graduate with a PharmD from Drake, can I become licensed and practice ina a state other than Iowa? 

Answer: A Drake graduate does not necessarily need to practice pharmacy in Iowa after taking the state licensing examination.  Iowa pharmacy licenses can be transferred to most states through reciprocity, although some states may require you to take all or part of their state licensing examination, in particular the parts that pertain to specific laws within the state.  

Check with your state's Board of Pharmacy to find out how your Iowa pharmacy license can transfer.


4. Question: When should I apply for one of Drake's PharmD joint degree programs (MBA, MPA, Law, MPH)? 

Answer: Students must be admitted to the PharmD program prior to applying for any of the joint degree programs.  Students generally learn about and apply for the joint degree programs during the P1 year.  Students apply to the College of Business and Public Administration (MBA and MPA), Law School (Law) or Des Moines University(MPH) directly in order to enroll in these joint degree programs.  For more information about our joint degree programs and to see a sample curriculum for each, please see our CPHS Programs website.  

 

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CPHS Upcoming Events
White Coat Ceremony
Friday, August 22 @ 4:00 p.m.
[Sheslow Auditorium]
CPHS News
August 28, 2014
Laura Vollmer, 2015 Pharm.D. candidate at Drake University, is the winner of the Parata-Pharmacy Times Next Generation Future Pharmacist Award, as announced during the awards ceremony held in Boston on August 24, 2014.
August 14, 2014
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