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PharmD Applicants Not Enrolled in Drake Pre-Pharmacy FAQ

 

Admission Process

How do I apply for PharmD admission?

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 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

 

 

What is the application deadline?

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.  All admission materials, including your PharmCAS application (www.pharmcas.org), this supplemental application and the accompanying $70.00 application fee, must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete. 

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 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

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?

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. 

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

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), School of Education (MSLD), 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 Dual Degrees and Concentrations website.

 

PCAT

Do you require PharmD applicants to take the PCAT?

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.

If I take the PCAT more than once, which score does Drake use?

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

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

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

When should I take the PCAT and how do I register to take it?

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.

What should I do if I live overseas and the PCAT is not offered regularly?

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.

Where should my scores be sent?

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

Can I substitute the MCAT or GRE for the PCAT?

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.  

 

Prerequisites

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

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

Do I have to take physics to be considered for PharmD admission?

Physics is not a required prerequisite for admission consideration.

Do I have to actually complete all the prerequisite courses before submitting my application?

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. 

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?

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

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?

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.

Will Drake accept a course if credits were earned through an equivalency exam?

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.

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

It is generally a good idea to retake biology, chemistry, and/or math courses if they were completed more than seven years 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.

How do I know if my courses transfer from a local community college?

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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