2020-21 Prerequisites Update

Due to COVID-19, we are accepting online courses for all prerequisites completed during the following terms: spring, summer and fall 2020, and spring, summer and fall 2021. Courses must be completed with a letter grade, as pass/no pass or credit/no credit is not acceptable.

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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.

Once you complete your application, Pacific will perform an evaluation of your coursework and identify missing prerequisites. You will be notified and asked to add any missing coursework to your schedule. 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 Language and Narratives General Education category. 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 Civic and Global Responsibility General Education category. 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 Social Inquiry General Education category. 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 Areas of Inquiry Categories.  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 World Perspectives and Ethics and Artistic Process and Creation categories; 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.

Social Inquiry — Units also count in the liberal arts total.

  • Psychology

Civic and Global Responsibility — Units also count in the liberal arts total.

  • Principles of Economics
  • Macroeconomics

World Perspectives and Ethics — Units also count in the liberal arts total. Students with a U.S. bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement.

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Survey of World Art After 1400
  • Survey of World Art to 1400
  • Design Thinking
  • 20th Century Art and Film
  • Chinese Art History
  • Japanese Art History
  • Masterpieces of World Literature
  • Romances of Magic in the West
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II
  • East Asian Civilization I
  • East Asian Civilization II
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • The Meaning of Life

Language and Narratives — Units also count in the liberal arts total.

  • Public Speaking

Artistic Process and Creation — Units also count in the liberal arts total. Students with a U.S. bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement.

  • Drawing
  • Principles of 2-D Design and Color
  • Music of the World's People
  • Digital Photography
  • Painting I
  • Introduction to the Theatre
  • Graphic Design I
  • Asian Cinemas
  • Visual Arts in Education
  • Aesthetics of Film
  • Playwriting
  • Major Filmmakers
  • Film, Literature, and the Arts
  • Music Appreciation

*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.  

Pathway Programs

Are you currently an undergrad student at UC Merced or Pepperdine University? Pacific has collaborated with a number of institutions to offer a pathway program to give qualified students the opportunity to receive priority admission.

PharmD studnets talks to exhibitor at event in the DeRosa University Center

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?