We gathered frequently asked questions about applying to the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy's doctor of pharmacy program.
The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for the PharmD program is 2.70. Students who have lower than the minimum cumulative GPA can be considered under extenuating circumstances. Please contact the Office of Pharmacy Admission at email@example.com for additional information.
No, only the prerequisites are necessary. However, a degree can make an applicant more competitive for admission, and in recent years, a majority of our successful applicants have held degrees. Many others have junior standing and have completed upper division math/science preparatory courses. Recommended electives include anatomy, genetics, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry.
No, the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required and Pacific will not consider the scores if they are sent.
Yes, all qualified applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are held starting in late September. Students who are not offered admission early in the cycle will be rereviewed toward the end of the review period, late March through the end of the cycle.
Applying early can enhance your chances of receiving an interview invitation. There are fewer applications and more interview spaces earlier in the admissions cycle.
You must inform us in writing of all changes to your schedule, including the changes not related to pharmacy prerequisites. Please use the PharmD Planned Courses form. You must also notify us immediately if you will not be receiving a bachelor's degree as anticipated.
No. Our PharmD program is an accelerated, year-round program.
Questions about prerequisites
No, but you must have a plan in place which allows you to complete all requirements prior to entering our program. You should enroll in organic chemistry no later than the fall semester prior to the year you are applying. You may enroll through the summer prior to entrance to fulfill requirements.
Yes, you may, but not for all requirements. We do not accept test scores for biology or chemistry. You must have scored a 4 or 5 in AP or a 5, 6, or 7 in higher level IB exams to fulfill a prerequisite.
Yes, if you completed coursework in the military you are required to send an official copy of the ACE transcript directly to Pacific with a copy of the DD214 form. You will receive credit for coursework that meets our requirements.
Microeconomics is acceptable IF you complete your bachelor's degree prior to entering our program OR if you have completed a course in U.S. History or Introductory Sociology.
No, prerequisite coursework does not expire. However, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy reserves the right to ask a student to enroll in refresher courses in organic chemistry and biology after reviewing the applicant’s academic transcripts. Such requests are typically made if it has been longer than seven years since completion of the prerequisite coursework. Please contact the Office of Pharmacy Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
No, students must complete a course in public speaking. No substitutions are allowed.