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Admitted PharmD Student Information

Congratulations on your admission to the Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program!  Please use the information on this page to learn about the next step in enrolling at Drake and preparing for your P1 year.


Enrollment Reply Form and Tuition Deposit

To confirm your intent to enroll at Drake for the fall 2019 semester, please complete the following:

Please note that completing the Enrollment Reply Form alone will not secure your seat in the Drake University PharmD program.  You must also submit your tuition deposit through our secure tuition deposit website.  Your electronic letter of admission contains the dollar amount of your tuition deposit.  To pay your tuition deposit, please complete your Enrollment Reply Form.  Once you have submitted this form, you will automatically be directed to our secure tuition deposit website. 


P1 Orientation and White Coat Ceremony 

Noah Cresco 2018 White Coat CeremonyAll P1 students are required to attend the following events: 

  • P1 Orientation: Thursday, August 22, 2019 and Friday, August 23, 2019; P1s only
  • White Coat Ceremony: Friday, August 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm; friends, family and guests welcome to attend

More detailed information about P1 Orientation and the White Coat Ceremony will be sent via email over the summer. 


Fall Course Registration

Registration for new P1 students typically takes place in April.  You will receive more detailed information about course registration via email prior to April. 


Final Transcripts

If you enroll at Drake University, you must have final, official transcripts from every institution you have attended for college credit sent directly to Drake University.  This includes official Advanced Placement score reports.  Transcripts and score reports must come directly from the institution awarding the credit.  Please have official documents sent to:

Drake University
Office of the Registrar
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311


2019 Admission/Enrollment Calendar

March 1, 2019 Priority deadline to apply for need-based financial aid via FAFSA
July 1, 2019 Last date for Iowa residents to file FAFSA to qualify for the Iowa Tuition Grant
August 22-23, 2019 P1 Orientation and White Coat Ceremony, residence halls open, Welcome Weekend activities begin
August 26, 2019 First day of fall classes


Criminal Background Check

You are required to complete a criminal background check prior to beginning your P year.  The criminal background check is initiated through PharmCAS, using a third-party service called Certiphi Screening.  Upon your admission, you should receive email communication from Certiphi Screening with instructions on how to complete your criminal background check.


Drug Screening

You will be informed regarding drug screening when classes begin.  Students will receive instructions via email after classes begin.


University Health Records 

If you enroll at Drake University, you are required to submit a completed health history and immunization form.  This requirement is different from the CPHS requirements to participate in experiential education, listed below.  For the University’s requirement, you can download the Medical Record Form at  Please mail your completed Medical Record Form to

Drake University
American Republic Student Health Center
3116 Carpenter Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311


Please do not mail this form to the CPHS Experiential Office.  If you have questions regarding the University’s health history and immunization form, please contact the American Republic Student Health Center at 1-800-44-DRAKE x3731 or (515) 271-3731.


Health Certification/Physical Examination for CPHS Experiential Education

To participate in experiential education, you must obtain a completed Certification of Physical Examination and Medical Evaluation form from their healthcare provider. This form includes

  • Confirmation that a physical was performed by a licensed healthcare provider no earlier than 4 months before the start of your first fall semester
  • Documentation of any limitations regarding the technical standards of the program.

The completed form must be uploaded in E*Value not later than September 1 of your first fall semester.  You will receive instructions for uploading your form in E*Value via email at a later date.


CPR Training

You will be informed regarding CPR requirements once classes begin.  Specific training is required so students are advised to wait until receiving instructions.


Pharmacy Practice Experiences

You are entering the professional program as a P1 in the 2019-2020 academic year.  During your P1-P3 years, you will participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), including two weeks of IPPE in the summers following your P1 and P2 years.  Some of your IPPEs may take place outside of the Des Moines metro area, which may result in additional travel and/or living expenses during that time.

You are scheduled to complete your Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE or Rotations) during the 2022-2023 academic year.  You may have one or more APPEs outside of the Des Moines metro area, which may result in additional travel and/or living expenses during that time.



Please review the "Living In Des Moines" information sheet to learn about housing opportunities in Des Moines and the surrounding communities.  Popular options for housing include:


Student Disabilities Services

Services are available to assist students with disabilities in need of campus and classroom accommodations.  For more information visit or call 1-800-44-DRAKE x1835 or (515) 271-1835. 


Financial Planning

Need- and merit-based financial assistance is available for Drake students and families.  The priority deadline to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 1, 2019.  The FAFSA opens on October 1, 2018. For more information visit or call 1-800-44-DRAKE x2905 or (515) 271-2905.