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Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program

Program Highlights and Career Potential
Pacific ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in postgraduate residencies for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Resident Matching Program.
Pacific PharmD graduates have consistently had a higher first-time pass rate for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) exam than the national average. Learn more. 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for pharmacists was $124,170 nationally and $136,730 in California. Pacific's skilled PharmD graduates earn an average annual salary of $137,639, the second-highest pharmacist salary in the nation according to a 2017 report by SoFi.
According to a 2019 U.S. News & World Report, pharmacist was ranked among the top 25 best paying jobs and best health care jobs. 

For over 60 years, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been training pharmacists who are problem-solvers, innovators and leaders. The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program gives first-time freshmen the opportunity to complete their undergraduate requirements in the same environment as their professional doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) studies. Our pre-pharmacy program lays a strong foundation, setting you up for success as you pursue a career in pharmacy.

Guaranteed PharmD admission. Pacific offers three freshman admission pathways for completing the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program which on completion guarantees admission into our PharmD program. Access to faculty and current students. Our Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program brings current PharmD and pre-pharmacy students together. As a pre-pharmacy student, you are a member of the student body. This means that as a pre-pharmacy student you will have access to many of the same opportunities, resources and support systems available to our professional students.

The development of a future pharmacist begins in the first semester of undergraduate education. Being true to this, our pre-pharmacy program curriculum and its academic requirements put top priority on student success. To facilitate your development and success in the program, you will be assigned a pharmacy faculty member as your academic advisor. They will help you navigate your course load, plan each academic semester and support you every step of the way.

To advance into our PharmD program, a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 2.7 GPA in specific math and science courses, is needed. After submitting an application to advance, each student will also go through our interview process, which includes submitting a writing sample. Review the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program Curriculum.

Pathways

Earn your PharmD in as few as five years. You could be enrolled in one of three pathways, completing your PharmD in five, six or seven years.
Five-year (2+3)
Two years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional PharmD program.
Six-year (3+3)
Three years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional PharmD program.
Seven-year (4+3)
Four years of undergraduate study, earning a bachelor's degree, followed by three years of study in the professional PharmD program.


Plenty of opportunities to get involved. Choose from over 150 student organizations. Enjoy some friendly competition by joining an intramural or club team - we have everything from volleyball to rowing. Rush a fraternity or sorority. We are proud to have two chapters of pharmacy honor societies and four professional pharmacy fraternities.

Learn more about Pacific's PharmD program >

Admission and Deadlines

All applicants are encouraged, and admitted students are required, to carefully read and agree to the Technical Standards for Pharmacy Admission and Graduation Requirements. It is also highly recommended that all applicants review the California State Board of Pharmacy licensure requirements.


Undergraduate Transfer Students: There is no formal "pre-pharmacy advantage" available to a student who transfers to Pacific. We have excellent undergraduate programs to which transfers are welcome to apply, but once here, these students will compete with those applying from other institutions for space in the PharmD program.