Pre-Pharmacy and PharmD Applicants FAQ's

 

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences general questions and answers section for applicants interested in the pre-pharmacy and PharmD programs. Please note, the pre-pharmacy program is a direct admission from high school program and is only available for application to high school seniors in the fall of their senior year.

Please let us know if you encounter any problems or have suggestions. To send a comment click here or go to Contact Us link within the Resources section.

If you don't find the answer to your question, please call our toll-free line at 1-800-44-DRAKE ext. 3018 or email us at dupharm@drake.edu.

 

General Admissions Information

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

 

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. As a high school student, I have the opportunity to take some courses at a community college. 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. Is that recommended? Wouldn’t it be a good idea then to take some courses at a local college before entering Drake?

 

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

  1.  How do I apply for admission?
  2.  What is the application deadline?
  3.  What kinds of grades and test scores do I need to get in?
  4.  What if I’m not directly admitted to the CPHS? Can I still come to Drake? What are my options?

 

Pre-Pharmacy Students: The PharmD Admissions Process

  1. What is the Drake PharmD Difference?
  2. What is the College looking for in granting admission to the PharmD program?
  3. How are the interview and writing assessment structured?
  4. Is there any help in preparing for the interview?
  5. What role will the interview and writing assessment play in the admission process?
  6. When will I interview and complete my interview and writing assessment?
  7. Is the PCAT required of students in the pre-pharamcy program?
  8. Can I get credit for AP, IB or dual college credit? How will that work in the pre-pharmacy curriculum?
  9. Can I complete a study abroad experience as a pre-pharmacy or PharmD student?

 

PharmD Applicants Not Completing Pre-Pharmacy Coursework at Drake: The Application and Admission Process

  1. How do I apply for admission?
  2. What is the application deadline?
  3. What are the minimum requirements? What if I don’t meet the minimum requirements? Is there anything I can do?
  4. Is an interview required? Are all applicants invited to campus for an interview? Can I interview by telephone if I live far away?
  5. How and when do I apply for one of the joint programs (PharmD plus MBA, MPA, Law)?

 

PCAT: For Any PharmD Applicant Not in the Drake Pre-Pharmacy Program

  1. If I take the PCAT more than once, which score does Drake use?
  2. Do you require the PCAT for admission consideration?
  3. What is the minimum overall score Drake requires for admission consideration?
  4. When should I take the PCAT and how do I register to take it?
  5. I live overseas, and the PCAT is not regularly offered. What should I do?
  6. Where should my scores be sent?
  7. I’ve taken the MCAT. Can I substitute that score for the PCAT? What about the GRE?

 

Preparing to enter Drake's Professional PharmD Program

  1. Do I have to take physics to be considered for admission?
  2. What are Drake's prerequisite courses for applying for admission to the PharmD program?
  3. Do I have to actually complete all the prerequisite courses before applying for admission?
  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? Can 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 professional program if I’m already at Drake?
  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 transfer from a local Community College?

 

PharmD Class Composition and Admission Statistics

  1. How many students are accepted in your professional pharmacy program each year?
  2. How many in-state students are accepted?
  3. How many applications do you receive, and what are my chances for getting into the PharmD program?

 

Foreign Educational Standards

  1. I have foreign credentials. What information do I need to know?
  2. What are your requirements and tuition costs for international students?
  3. Does Drake accept international students? Is there a quota?

 

Current Drake Students With Majors Other Than Pre-Pharmacy: Applying for Admission to the PharmD Program

  1. I am a current Drake student and 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 accepted to the PharmD program at Drake each year?
  6. Are my chances greater of being admitted to the PharmD program if I am a current Drake student?
  7. Should I still attend Drake if I wasn’t admitted into the pre-pharmacy program?

 

Financial Aid Information

  1. What Financial Aid is available for pharmacy students?

 

The Pharmacy Profession

  1. What can I do with a pharmacy degree?
  2. What is Drake’s placement rate for graduates of the program?
  3. Would I have to practice pharmacy in Iowa if I go to Drake and take the state licensing examination in Iowa?
  4.  I’m interested in one of Drake’s joint degree programs (MBA, MPA, Law). Do I apply for that program at the same time as I apply for admission to the pharmacy program?

General Admissions 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, or PharmD degree, is a four-year professional program. The four-year professional 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. To apply to the PharmD program, Drake pre-pharmacy students complete a two-year pre-pharmacy program.

For applicants who are not part of the Drake pre-pharmacy program, the Drake PharmD admissions committee does not give preference to whether or not an applicant has 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, and if admitted, PharmD coursework.

 

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

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 degree by taking evening/ weekend or on-line courses?

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

 

4. Question: Do you 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.

 

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

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 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 the various areas of study for admission consideration to the pre-pharmacy program, but courses should include biology, chemistry, and math. Drake strongly recommends that students take any available advanced math courses that would better help prepare students for chemistry and calculus courses in the first year of study.

 

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

Answer: The PharmD program cannot be completed in less than four years. It may be possible to complete the two years of the pre-pharmacy program in one year if a high school student has had the opportunity to complete a year of biology, a year of chemistry, a semester calculus or statistics and enough other coursework to total 25-30 credit hours when entering Drake. In this very specific situation, a student could possibly be able to graduate in 5 years instead of 6 years if they were admitted to the PharmD program. Students would complete the PharmCAS and Drake Supplemental application the summer before their first-year at Drake and the interview and writing assessment in the fall semester of their freshman year. Students who qualify to apply for completion of pre-pharmacy in one year must consult with and have approval to do so from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

 

3. Question: As a high school student, I have the opportunity to take some courses at a community college. What courses should I take if I want to enter a pre-pharmacy program?

Answer: We suggest that students choose from among the following courses: 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 better 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 social, adjustment. Taking a somewhat easier load 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. Is that recommended? Wouldn’t it be a good idea then to take some courses at a local college before entering Drake?

Answer: Drake strongly discourages this plan and can’t, in fact, 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 view that student as a transfer, and as such cannot apply 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 Program.

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

 

1. Question: How do I apply for admission?

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

 

2. Question: What is the application deadline?

Answer: Drake strongly suggests that students submit their application and supporting materials early in the fall of the senior year.

December 1, is the deadline for applications to the pre-pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The application must be postmarked no later than December 1. Official documents include the application for admission, $25 application fee (waived for U.S. undergraduates submitting application online), official high school transcript, official test scores, essay, and letter of recommendation from either a guidance counselor or teacher.

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 kinds of grades and test scores do I need to get in?

Answer: The average high school cumulative grade point average of the students offered admission to the pre-pharmacy program for the fall 2012 term was 3.92,. The mid-50% ACT composite score range for students offered direct admission to the CPHS was 27 - 31. The mid-50% ACT math score range was 27 - 31.

 

4. Question: What if I’m not admitted to the pre-pharmacy program? Can I still come to Drake? 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 the information at Applying to the PharmD Program as a Drake Student.

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Pre-Pharmacy Students: The PharmD Admissions Process

 

1. Question: What is the Drake PharmD Difference?

Answer: Pre-pharmacy Admission for students entering directly out of high school.

The Drake PharmD Difference is provided to students admitted to the pre-pharmacy program directly out of high school to better prepare them for a professional pharmacy program. Please click here for pre-pharmacy application requirements and deadline information with the University's Office of Admission.

  • Benefits of the PharmD Difference
  • Requirements of the PharmD Difference
  • PharmD Difference -- Process for Applying
  • Statistics & Facts of the PharmD Difference
  • Tips for Applying to the Pre-pharmacy
  • Technical Standards

Benefits of the Drake PharmD Difference:

  • Participants will be given full consideration for admission to Drake’s professional pharmacy program including the opportunity to complete the required interview and writing assessment.
  • A pharmacy faculty mentor/advisor and the CPHS Office of Academic and Student Affairs are available to provide resources and support for students.
  • Participants receive the opportunity to join professional pharmacy and state organization membership, providing an opportunity to network with pharmacists and professional program students.
  • Students enroll in a four-semester Career, Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) course series where they gain interview preparation skills, job shadowing experiences, career exploration opportunities and University resources.
  • The PCAT requirement is waived for application to Drake’s professional pharmacy program (required by a majority of other pharmacy programs).

The following requirements for consideration of the student’s professional program admission application must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the second year of pre-pharmacy unless otherwise indicated:

  • Direct admission out of high school into the pre-pharmacy program.
  • Earn a minimum of a 3.00 required math/science GPA and a 3.00 overall GPA. Courses may be repeated one time.
  • Complete and pass all required math/science pre-pharmacy coursework:
    BIO 12/12L, 13/13L, and 95 (general biology plus labs; microbiology),  
    CHEM 1, 2, 3, 4, 107, 108, 109, 110 (inorganic and organic chemistry plus labs)  
    MATH 50 (calculus)  
    STAT 60 (biostatistics)
  • Successfully complete PHAR 11, 31, 51, 71
  • In the event that some of the above courses were completed during high school through Advanced Placement and/or dual credit with another institution, complete all remaining required math and science coursework at Drake.
  • Complete a total of 63 credits including additional pre-pharmacy requirements by the end of the summer term prior to enrollment in the professional program. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours at Drake University each semester.
  • Complete all academic requirements and be in good standing with the University.
  • Satisfactorily resolve all outstanding financial obligations owed to the University.

Admission to the pre-pharmacy program and participation does not guarantee admittance to Drake’s professional pharmacy program. Final admission decisions are determined by the quality and quantity of the full applicant pool. Applicants will be evaluated on the content and quality of all of the items listed below:

  • PharmCAS application and Drake Supplemental Form submitted with all fees by the due date at the beginning of the second pre-pharmacy year (www.pharmcas.org).
  • Academic performance and strength of math/science and overall coursework. Students offered final admission may have GPAs much higher than the minimums.
  • Interview
  • Writing assessment

Students who do not meet application deadlines or do not complete both the interview or writing assessment when scheduled may have their application review deferred.

 

2. Question: What is the College looking for in granting admission to the PharmD program?

Answer: Recognizing that professional program applicants have a variety of educational and professional experiences, the faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have put into place an admission process that will assure admitted students have the potential for academic and professional success.  Since the philosophy of the faculty is students are individuals and not 'numbers', an admission process has been developed allowing the College to get to know the individual applicants and not merely consider an applicant's academic profile only. The faculty has determined several characteristics important for pharmacists to possess in addition to academic abilities. The top characteristics included:

  • motivation
  • values/ethics
  • communication skills
  • self-learner abilities
  • desire for self-improvement
  • open-mindedness
  • professionalism

 Few of these personal characteristics can be assessed by considering a grade point average.  Thus, the application process for pre-pharmacy students is composed of two phases designed to assess applicant academic and professional capabilities.

 

3. Question: How are the interview and writing assessment structured?

Answer: Because interpersonal skills are so important to the pharmacy profession, the interview is an integral part of the admission process.  The interview will occur in the fall of the sophomore year. Questions will be asked to assist the College in ascertaining the students thoughts and skills in these areas:

  • motivation
  • values/ethics
  • communication skills
  • self-learner abilities
  • desire for self-improvement
  • open-mindedness
  • professionalism

The writing assessment will allow students to demonstrate their written communication abilities.  Students will receive a written prompt provided by the College and will be asked to write an essay to answer the prompt.  Proper grammar and spelling will be examined as well as the formulation of the written response.

 

4. Question: Is there any help in preparing for the interview?

Answer: Absolutely!  Students now have an opportunity to complete a mock interview through the CAPS (Career, Academic, and Professional Success) course.  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 both on academics and communication skills. While the interview and writing assessment are very important parts of the admission process, academics are also important. All will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

 

6. Question: When will I interview and complete my interview and writing assessment?

Answer: Pre-pharmacy students will interview in the fall semester of the second year of pre-pharmacy.  Students will submit their PharmCAS application and Drake University Supplemental Application by mid September deadline.  Once the applications are received, the interview and writing assessment will be scheduled.

 

7. Question: Is the PCAT required of students in the pre-pharmacy program?

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

 

8. Question: Can I get credit for AP, IB, or dual college credit?  How will that work in the pre-pharmacy curriculum?

Answer: Yes.  If a student decides to use the earned transfer credit (C or better and identified course equivalent) or AP credit, the student does not need to take the course at Drake. There are two exceptions. 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 base on courses they have taken in high school. To see a list of AP/IB/CLEP credits, please click the following link.

 

9. Question: Can I complete a study abroad experience as a pre-pharmacy or PharmD student?

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. 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 Completing Pre-Pharmacy Coursework at Drake: The Application and Admission Process

 

1. Question: How do I apply for admission?

Answer: Students who are eligible to apply for the Drake PharmD program must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) at www.pharmcas.org. This centralized Web-based service enables students to complete one application and have it sent to any number of participating pharmacy schools. Students must also complete the Drake Supplemental Application found on the Drake School Page of the PharmCAS website. Both applications are due by the application deadline listed on the Drake PharmCAS school page.

 

2. Question: What is the application deadline?

Answer: Drake’s PharmCAS and Drake Supplemental applications deadline is December 2nd for students who are not part of the pre-pharmacy program at Drake and September 16th for Drake pre-pharmacy students. All official transcripts must also be received at PharmCAS by the application deadline. It is very important students begin the application process well ahead of the deadline. PharmCAS suggests that you apply no later than two weeks prior to the deadline. Drake will accept January PCAT scores for the 2013 - 2014 admissions cycle.

 

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

Answer: To be considered for admission applicants must complete and pass all prerequisite courses or be in the process of completing the prerequisite courses. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA and score at least in the 50th percentile on the PCAT. Applicants not meeting any of these minimums cannot be considered for admission to the Drake PharmD program.

 

4. Question: Is an interview required? Are all applicants invited to campus for an interview? Can I interview by telephone if I live far away?

Answer: An interview is required for PharmD admission consideration. Not all students who meet minimum qualifications are offered an interview. Students must complete their interview, as well as a writing assessment, in person and on campus. Telephone interviews are not allowed.

 

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

Answer: Application to any these graduate-level programs is generally made after a student has reached the second year of the PharmD program. Students, however; should contact their faculty advisor as early as possible in their academic program to let them know of their interest in pursuing one of the joint programs to take full advantage of the established curriculum. Please click here for detailed information and a curriculum guide to all of the joint programs.

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PCAT: For Any PharmD Applicant Not in the Drake Pre-Pharmacy Program

 

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

Answer: Drake will look at the highest PCAT score. Keep in mind, the PCAT must be completed prior to the deadline.

 

2. Question: Do you require the PCAT for admission consideration?

Answer: Drake requires the PCAT and a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average from all schools attended to consider an applicant for admission into the professional program. The minimum PCAT score percentile is 50%. Students already enrolled in Drake's pre- pharmacy program do not need to submit PCAT scores.

 

3. Question: What is the minimum overall score Drake requires for admission consideration?

Answer: Drake requires a minimum PCAT score at the 50th percentile to be considered for admission.

 

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

Answer: Applicants are encouraged to complete the PCAT prior to the application deadline, but January PCAT scores will be accepted.

For additional information on how to sign-up for the PCAT, see the following web site: www.pcatweb.info

 

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

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

For additional information click the following link.

 

6. Question: Where should my scores be sent?

Answer: Students should submit their PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS at code 104. No separate report will need to be submitted to Drake.

 

7. Question: I’ve taken the MCAT. Can I substitute that score for the PCAT? What about the GRE?

Answer: The PCAT is the only test that can be accepted for admission consideration because it is focused on pharmacy prerequisite course content and the only test that allows Drake to adequately compare applications. It is also the only test that PharmCAS will accommodate in the application process.

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Preparing to enter Drake's professional PharmD program

 

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

Answer: Physics is not required for admission consideration.

 

2. Question: What are Drake’s prerequisite courses for applying for admission to the PharmD program?

Answer: Please click here for the chart at for details about prerequisite courses.

 

3. Question: Do I have to actually complete all the prerequisite courses before applying for admission?

Answer: No, students do not need to have all prerequisite coursework completed prior to applying for admission. It is important; however, for students to complete the coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall semester they are applying to begin the PharmD program.

 

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? Can Drake evaluate my transcripts?

Answer: The chart listed here provides details on the content of prerequisite courses. If the content of a course you have taken, or will take, matches the content in one of ours in most respects, if not all, the course likely meets our requirement, as long as a grade of "C" or better is earned.

Neither Drake’s Office of Admission nor the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences can evaluate a prospective student’s transcript for possible admission or applicability to our program.

 

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 professional program if I’m already at Drake?

Answer: Students must complete the prerequisite courses by the term noted on the chart on the Drake Supplemental Application in order to be considered for admission to the following fall term. Students can enroll at Drake to complete prerequisites, but there is no special consideration given to students already at Drake. Prerequisite courses may be completed at any accredited institution. Students should enroll at Drake if they are interested in earning a Drake degree, but not necessarily in pharmacy. They should not enroll simply to enhance their chances of admission into the professional 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 upon receipt of official records from the examining body and it meets minimum score standards. Credits earned through a post secondary institution’s placement examination cannot be accepted, and students 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 7 years ago for a couple of reasons. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is divided into sections that test those areas, and retaking those courses may assist you in achieving a solid test score. Most importantly, retaking those courses may help prepare you better for the demands of the coursework in the professional program.

 

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

Answer: Click on the link for Course Equivalency Guides.

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PharmD Class composition and admission statistics

 

1. Question: How many students are accepted in your professional pharmacy program each year?

Answer: According to accreditation standards, Drake is limited to enrolling 110 students in the first professional year.

 

2. Question: How many in-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: The average number of applicants to the Drake PharmD program is around 400. The number of applicants admitted varies each year based on the quality and quantity of the applicant pool. The number of enrolled students in P1 class of the PharmD program is 110.

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Foreign Educational Standards

 

1. 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 system in terms of the number of international students that may be considered for admission.

U.S. and international students who would be applying to Drake directly from secondary school would follow the same guidelines for admission in terms of deadlines and requirements. Students must take either the SAT or the ACT to be considered for admission.

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 terms, students who have never studied in the U.S. do not have enough general education courses completed to apply for the professional program because a foreign degree program is 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 in the chart by the term specified in order to apply for admission to the professional program. These courses are requirements for graduation, and there are no exceptions to them. With very few exceptions, English composition courses taken overseas cannot be accepted for credit.

It is not possible for a student to decide to apply as an entering freshman if he or she has attended any kind of postsecondary institution. Students must apply for admission to the professional program if they have attended any kind of postsecondary institution.

For students who have either enrolled in pharmacy courses or earned degrees in pharmacy overseas, no pharmacy courses can transfer due to U.S. licensing requirements. Therefore, all pharmacy courses must be completed in the U.S., and it will take the full four years to complete the professional program. There are no accelerated programs, and admission is granted only for the fall term each year.

Students with postsecondary foreign educational credentials should begin to complete the PharmCAS application well ahead of deadlines because official academic records must first be submitted to an evaluation agency, which then forwards the evaluation report to PharmCAS. This must be accomplished prior to Drake’s January 5th deadline. Drake also requires students to submit official academic records from foreign educational institutions directly to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences along with the Supplemental Form. Further details about this can be found on the PharmCAS Web site at www.pharmcas.org.

 

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

Answer: The requirements to enter the pharmacy program at any level of study are the same for both U.S. and international students, and international students are fully considered for admission. Drake takes great care in reviewing foreign educational credentials and will assist the CPHS in reviewing those credentials to be sure they are interpreted appropriately.

 

3. Question: Does Drake accept international students? Is there a quota?

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

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Current Drake Students with majors other than pre-pharmacy: Applying for Admission to the PharmD Program

 

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

Answer: Current Drake students who wish to apply to the PharmD program should complete a PharmCAS and Drake Supplemental application by the admission deadline posted on PharmCAS under the Drake School Page.

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

Answer: Required science and math courses include two semesters of biology (Bio 12,12L,13,13L), one semester of microbiology (Bio 095), two semesters of general (inorganic) chemistry (Chem 1,2,3,4), two semesters of organic chemistry (Chem 107,108,109,110), one semester of calculus (Math 50), and one semester of statistics (Stat 60). All pre-pharmacy science courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to the fall the applicant is wishing to admitted for. Applicants must also complete Public Speaking and Written Communication course work.

 

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

Answer: You should choose a major according to your own interests. It is important not to limit yourself in your first years of study because they are intended to be a time to explore a variety of subjects and to assess your skills.

 

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

Answer: Currently, the minimum grade point average required for admission consideration is a 3.00 cumulative GPA. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is also required and applicants must score in at least the 50th percentile to be considered for admission. An interview  and writing assessment is offered to qualified candidates, and is a required component of the admissions process.

 

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

Answer: The Drake PharmD program enrolls 110 students in its P1 class.

 

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

Answer: Drake does not give preference to where a student completed their prerequisite coursework.

 

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

Answer: Yes! Students chose Drake for a wide variety of reasons: size, location, student-faculty interaction, extracurricular opportunities, internships, affordability, quality of education, and many more. Consider the factors that are important to you and whether Drake is the best match of your personal and academic interests. Students should attend Drake because they wish to be a Drake student for these reasons, not to study pharmacy.

Please note: Admission requirements to the Drake PharmD program are subject to change. Students should check Drake University's Web site 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 click here for extensive information on 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.

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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 (retail) 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 the various avenues in the pre-professional years and then train them in a way that prepares them to enter any of these fields.

 

2. Question: What is Drake’s placement rate for graduates of the program?

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

 

3. Question: Would I have to practice pharmacy in Iowa if I go to Drake and take the state licensing examination in Iowa?

Answer: A Drake graduate does not need to practice pharmacy in Iowa after taking the state licensing examination. Licenses can be transferred to most states, although some states may require a pharmacist to take the segment of the examination that deals with that particular state’s laws.

 

4. Question: I’m interested in one of Drake’s joint degree programs (MBA, MPA, Law). Do I apply for that program at the same time as I apply for admission to the pharmacy program?

Answer: Application to any these graduate-level programs is generally made after a student has reached the second year of the PharmD program. Students; however, should contact their faculty advisor as early as possible in their academic program to let them know of their interest in pursuing one of the joint programs to take full advantage of the established curriculum. Please click here for detailed information and a curriculum guide to all of the joint programs.

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CPHS Upcoming Events
Doctor of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 17 @ 4 p.m.
[Knapp Center]
Undergraduate Commencement [B.S., Health Sciences]
Sunday, May 18 @ 10 a.m.
[Knapp Center]
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement [PharmD]
Sunday, May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
[Knapp Center]
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