We are accepting online courses for all prerequisites completed in spring, summer and fall 2020 terms. We will accept spring 2021 online courses if your institution moves all classes to an online format. Courses must be completed with a letter grade, as pass/no pass or credit/no credit is not acceptable.

A minimum of 68 semester units of college level coursework is required for admission to the PharmD program, including all requirements listed below. All requirements must be completed, in progress, or planned before your application will be reviewed.

Pacific is not able to perform a formal checklist of requirements until you apply and your application is complete. It is an advantage to apply early so you are assured all requirements have been met. Review the list of Transferable Courses for details on articulation agreements (course equivalences).

 

Overview    

Semesters Quarters Lab required for each term AP Exam Accepted
Calculus 1 2   Yes
Physics 1 1 Yes
General Chemistry 2 3  
Organic Chemistry 2 3  
General Biology 2 3  
Physiology 1 1  
Microbiology 1 1 Recommended, but not required  
English Composition 2 2   Yes**
Public Speaking 1 1    
Economics 1 1   Yes**
Psychology 1 1   Yes**
Calculus - One semester or two quarters of college level calculus. An AP exam with a score of 4 or 5 may be substituted.
Physics - One semester or one quarter of college level physics with lab. An AP exam with a score of 4 or 5 may be substituted.  
General Chemistry - Two semesters or three quarters with labs in each term. Should be a course sequence designed for chemistry majors. Pacific does not accept AP for this requirement.  
General Biology - Two semesters or three quarters with labs in each term. Should be a course sequence designed for biology majors. Pacific does not accept AP for this requirement. Students who have not enrolled in a biology course designed for a biology major within the last seven years are required to enroll in two semesters of biology with labs as a refresher in this area. Genetics, microbiology, cell biology, physiology and anatomy are acceptable for refresher courses, as long as the general biology requirement is completed.  
Organic Chemistry - Two semesters or three quarters with labs in each term. Should be a course sequence designed for chemistry or biology majors. Students who have not enrolled in organic chemistry within the last seven years are required to enroll in first and second semester organic chemistry with labs as a refresher in this area.  
Physiology - One semester or one quarter with lab. Should be a course designed for biology majors.  
Microbiology - One semester or one quarter course. Lab recommended but not required.  
English Composition* - Minimum of two 3-semester unit courses or two 4-quarter unit courses. This should be the freshman composition sequence (equivalent to ENGL 1A and 1B). This requirement must be completed at an accredited institution in the U.S. An AP Exam with a score of 4 or 5 will fulfill this requirement. An AP Exam is needed per semester. **Limitations apply  
Public Speaking* - Minimum of one 3-semester unit course or one 4-quarter unit course. Interpersonal communication DOES NOT fulfill this requirement. It must specifically be a public speaking course. This course also fulfills Pacific's General Education Category IIA. This requirement must be completed at an accredited institution in the U.S.  
Economics* - Minimum of one 3-semester unit course or one 4-quarter unit course. Principles of economics or macroeconomics will also fulfill Pacific's General Education Category IB. An AP exam with a score of 4 or 5 will fulfill this requirement. **Limitations apply. Microeconomics is acceptable ONLY if you complete your bachelor's degree prior to entering our program.  
Psychology* - Minimum of one 3-semester unit course or one 4-quarter unit course. Must be a course in general or introductory psychology or abnormal psychology. This course also fulfills Pacific's General Education Category IA. An AP Exam with a score of 4 or 5 will fulfill this requirement. **Limitations apply.
General Education* - At least one 3-semester unit course from Pacific's General Education Category IC, IIB, and IIC. These are sample courses; others may be acceptable. Students who have, or will have, earned a U.S. bachelor's degree are exempt from completing categories IC, IIB, and IIC; however, are still required to meet the 28 semester/42 quarter units of liberal arts in non-math or non-science courses, see more information below.  
IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior - Units also count in the liberal arts total.
Psychology    
IB. U.S. Studies - Units also count in the liberal arts total.
Principles of Economics Macroeconomics  
IC. Global Studies - Units also count in the liberal arts total. Students with a U.S. bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement.
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural or Political Geography
Intercultural Communication
European History
History of Mexico
Music of the World's People Classical Mythology
Middle East Politics  
Latin American Politics
Latin American History
East Asian Civilization
IIA. Language and Literature - Units also count in the liberal arts total.
Public Speaking    
IIB. Worldviews and Ethics - Critical thinking and logic courses do not fulfill this requirement. Pacific recommends a biomedical ethics course. Units in this area also count in the liberal arts total. Students with a U.S. bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement.
History of Western Civilization
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Moral Problems
Fundamentals of Ethics
Introduction to Religion
Biomedical Ethics
Sociology of Religions
Eastern Philosophy
Existential Philosophy
IIC. Visual and Performing Arts - Units also count in the liberal arts total. Students with a U.S. bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement.
Introduction to Art
Applied Art
Survey of Western Art
European Art
Art History
Introduction to the Theatre
Applied Music
Music Appreciation
History of Music
Dance
History of the Theatre
Photography
Film Studies

*Liberal arts units must total 28-semester or 42-quarter units. Courses completed in English, public speaking, economics and psychology also count in the liberal arts total. Students who do not meet the minimum number of liberal art units must complete additional units in any of the areas listed above.

**Students may use no more than two AP exams to fulfill English, psychology, economics, general education or the liberal arts requirement.  

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.

You must have completed one year of organic chemistry and one year of biology within the last seven years. All other requirements may be considered no matter when they were completed.

No, students must complete a course in public speaking. No substitutions are allowed.

Did you know Pacific’s PharmD program does not require a bachelor’s degree?