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.
|Subject||Credit Hours||Drake 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|
A complete year course sequence in organic chemistry is required. Labs are required.
|8 credit hours (including labs)||CHEM 097, 098, 108, 110|
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|
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|
A one-semester course in general statistics is required. Business, psychology or biological science statistics courses are accepted.
|3 credit hours||STAT 060|
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)|
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|
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.
Drake University's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program operates on a rolling admission process. We will interview and admit students until the P1 class is full and a sufficient number of applicants have been identified for the wait list. We recommend submitting application materials early in order to ensure your application is processed and considered in a timely manner. Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process, which includes a scored on-campus interview and a scored writing assessment.
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.
Please visit our Career Development and Opportunities website for more information on career pathways and state of residence of our recent graduates.
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.
Please view our Technical Standards for the PharmD Program.
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