A True 2+4 Program

Drake Direct PharmD Admission Program

Why take seven or eight years to become a pharmacist when you can do it in just six at Drake?
That’s up to two years less schooling and up to two more years of a pharmacist’s salary. Combine with scholarships we have available, this leads to our graduates have 30% less student debt than the national average for PharmD graduates.

What makes it "A True 2+4 admission program?"
A 2+4 program doesn't provide value if you can't get through the pre-pharmacy requirements in two years. Nationally only 25% of applicants are ready after two years. Drake Direct is different, 98% of qualified Drake pre-pharm students enter the PharmD program after two years.

No Compromises
Drake Pharmacy graduates consistently have over 98% job placement, 94% on-time graduation, and 93% NAPLEX Board Pass Rate.

Take the stress out of the professional program transition
Drake pre-pharmacy students do not have to take the PCAT, are guaranteed an admission interview, and have a reserved seat in the PharmD program.

With the Drake Direct PharmD True 2+4 admission program, you’ll get a pharmacy degree that opens doors, and you’ll get it up to 2 years earlier.

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Program focused on the future of pharmacy and providing students with skills necessary in the ever-changing profession.


#1 in Next Generation Future Pharmacist Award winners and finalists in the nation—seven finalists and three winners in 11 years of the award's existence.


Home to one of eight nation-wide Tabula Rasa SinfoniaRx Clinical Intelligence Call Centers.

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Student Profile

“I knew I wanted a 2+4 pharmacy program where you do 2-years of pre-pharmacy and then 4-years of the doctorate. And the first thing that stood out to me was Drake truly has a 2+4 program.

My sophomore year I was able to get involved in research at Drake, which was just a huge opportunity because at many colleges, sophomores don't always get to be involved in research.

—Caroline Jones, P2 PharmD Candidate 2022