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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 national median annual wage for pharmacists is $128,090 nationally and $144,050 in California. Pacific is a smart investment, we ranked No. 58 out of 4,500 universities for the highest return of investment over the course of your career.
Since 2007, Pacific’s Medicare Part D Outreach Clinics have assisted 8,686 patients with their Medicare Part D drug plan, helping patients save an estimated total of $8.77 million. Get in on the action — pre-pharmacy students are welcome to participate in these clinics.

For over 65 years, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy 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 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. Each pathway requires a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 2.7 GPA in specific math and science courses, in addition to submission of an advancement application, an interview and a writing sample. Completion of these requirements guarantees admission into our PharmD program. Review the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program Curriculum.

Access to faculty and current students. Our Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program brings current PharmD and pre-pharmacy students together. You will have access to opportunities, resources and support systems throughout your time at Pacific.
Student-success is a top priority at Pacific. Our pre-pharmacy curriculum and academic requirements are focused on helping you become a highly-skilled, patient-centered pharmacist. Starting the first semester, 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.

“Having a faculty advisor who currently teaches at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy is a great asset in working through my undergrad years and making sure I’m prepared for that next step in my education. I’ve received a lot of helpful advice, all of which has helped me in learning how to more effectively plan ahead, whether it be figuring out my classes for the next semester or the steps I should be taking now to prepare for my future career.”

- Olivia Laprade, pre-pharmacy student


Earn your PharmD in as few as five years. Based on academic standings, you will be placed 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. 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.