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PharmD Admissions

Students who are currently enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program at Drake should refer to the Drake PharmD Difference requirements for more information.  

Students who complete their prerequisite coursework at another regionally accredited institution or in a major other than pre-pharmacy at Drake may 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 an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) 
  • Submit a Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplmental Application and $70 application fee
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in PharmCAS). 
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT​) and have scores submitted directly to PharmCAS.  Although there is no minimum score required, a composite score in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.  Drake will accept January PCAT scores for the Fall 2017 admission cycle.  
  • Complete (or be in the process of completing) the prerequisite coursework outlined in the table below.  All required math and science courses must be completed by the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the Summer 2017 term.  
SubjectCredit HoursDrake Courses

General (Inorganic) Chemistry

A complete year course sequence is general (inorganic) chemistry is required.  Courses must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for organic chemistry.  Labs are required.

8 credit hours (including labs) CHEM 001, 002, 003, 004

Organic Chemistry

A complete year course sequence in organic chemistry is required.  Labs are required.

8 credit hours (including labs) CHEM 097, 098, 108, 110

Biological Sciences

A complete year course sequence in the biological sciences is required.  Courses may include ecology, evolution, anatomy/physiology of animals or humans, cell biology, heredity, biological diversity and the structure of plants and animals.  Labs are required.

8 credit hours (including labs) BIO 012, 012L, 013, 013L

Microbiology

A one-semester course in microbiology is required.  A course intended for health care majors is recommended.  A lab is not required.

3 credit hours BIO 095

Statistics

A one-semester course in general statistics is required.  Business, psychology or biological science statistics courses are accepted.

3 credit hours STAT 060

Calculus

A one-semester course in calculus is required.  Business calculus, applied calculus or calculus courses designed for the social sciences will NOT be accepted.

4 credit hours MATH 050 (or MATH 070 or 100)

English Composition

A complete year course sequence in college-level English writing or composition is required.  The sequence can be made up of a one-semester college-level composition course and a one-semester intensive writing course.

6 credit hours FYS and Written Communication AOI

Public Speaking

A one-semester course focused on public speaking is required.  Common course titles include Fundamentals of Speaking or Public Speaking.  Interpersonal speaking and communication courses will NOT be accepted.

3 credit hours SCSR 073

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in order to receive transfer credit and fulfill prerequisite courses.  Please see Drake University's Transfer Credit Information page or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information.  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, IB and CLEP Credit policy or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for more information.  

All application materials for the Fall 2017 admission cycle must be submitted online by December 1, 2016.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process during the Spring 2017 semester. ​


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Please visit our PharmDScholarships website to view a list of scholarships that are available to Drake pharmacy students.  In addition to the scholarships listed, we encourage interested applicants to look into other types of finanical assistance by visiting our Office of Student Financial Planning website.  The Office of Student Financial Planning also provides a summary of tuition and fees for all Drake programs.  


Where Do Drake PharmD Students Go After Graduation?

Please visit our Career Development and Opportunities website for more information on career pathways and state of residence of our recent graduates.


Advanced Standing for Transfer Applicants

Due to lack of seat availability, course sequencing, and possible dissimilarity of preparedness, we do not accept advanced standing for transfer applicants to the professional pharmacy program.  Applicants are only considered for the P1 class each year.


Technical Standards for the PharmD Program

Please view our Technical Standards for the PharmD Program.  

What Distinguishes Drake's PharmD Program?

 

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CPHS News
November 21, 2016
Anne Feldman, a 2016 graduate of the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, advocates for federal changes that would allow pharmacists to provide enhanced patient care.
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