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Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Office of Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Health Affairs

3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program

Program Highlights and Career Potential
  • Pacific ranks in the top 10 percent nationally in post-graduate, year one residency match placement.
  • Pacific graduates' North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination passage rate has exceeded the national average for the past five years.
  • Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 6% nationally from 2016-2026.*
  • The median annual wage for pharmacists was $122,230 nationally and $136,100 in California.*
  • According to a 2017 U.S. News & World Report article on the best health care jobs, Pharmacy was ranked #20 with the highest paying employment opportunities residing in the Central Coast and Central Valley regions of California.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016

The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program at Pacific gives first-time freshmen the opportunity to complete their undergraduate requirements in the same environment as their professional pharmacy studies. Undergraduate science course work is tailored to a pre-pharmacy curriculum where students receive advising directly from pharmacy faculty while enjoying many opportunities to become actively involved with professional student organizations.

Pacific offers three freshmen admission pathways for completing the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program which on completion guarantees admission into our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

  • Five-year (2+3) Pre-Pharmacy/PharmD
    • Two years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional program.
  • Six-year (3+3) Pre-Pharmacy/PharmD
    • Three years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional program.
  • Seven-Year (4+3) Bachelor's/PharmD
    • Four years of undergraduate study, earning a bachelor's degree, followed by three years of study in the professional program.

Program Requirements

  • Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program requirements include taking courses in sequence at Pacific, minimum GPAs and a formal pharmacy interview (which includes a writing sample).
  • To advance into our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program, Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program students must have a University minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 2.7 in specified math/science courses.
  • Review the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program Curriculum

Learn more about our Doctor of Pharmacy 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 at

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.