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FAQs

What is the minimum GPA required?
There is no absolute GPA cutoff, however, admission is competitive and based on a number of factors in addition to GPA: bachelor's degree, science grades, the strength of your curriculum, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership qualities, pharmacy experience, letters of recommendation, essay, interview results and demonstration of your ability to succeed in 17 units or more per semester. Competition can vary from year to year depending upon the size and strength of the applicant pool. The average GPA over the past 4 years has ranged from 3.2 to 3.5.
 
Is a bachelor's degree required?
No, only the prerequisites are necessary. However, a degree can make an applicant more competitive for admission, and in recent years, a majority of our successful applicants have held degrees. Many others have junior standing and have completed upper division math/science preparatory courses. Recommended electives include anatomy, genetics, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry.
 
Is the PCAT required?
No, the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required and Pacific will not consider the scores if they are sent.
 
Will there be a face-to-face interview?
Yes, applicants are notified via email if they qualify for an interview. Interviews are normally conducted late September through late March. Admission offers for strong candidates are presented within two weeks of the interview. Students who are not offered admission early in the cycle will be reviewed toward the end of the review period (late March through early April).
 
 Is there an advantage to applying early?
 Applying early can enhance your chances of receiving an interview invitation. There are fewer applications and more interview spaces earlier in the admissions cycle.
 
 I'm making changes to my schedule. How do I notify you?
You must inform us in writing of all changes to your schedule, including the changes not related to pharmacy prerequisites. Please use the PharmD Planned Courses form. You must also notify us immediately if you will not be receiving a bachelor's degree as anticipated.
 
Must I have all the prerequisite courses completed before I apply?
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.
 
Can my military course work count towards my prerequisites?
 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.
 
May I use AP or IB test scores to fulfill a prerequisite?
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.
 
Can I check the status of my application?
Yes, you may Check Your Application Status. Please allows us two to four weeks to process your application.
 
May I attend your program part time?
No. Our PharmD program is an accelerated, year-round program. We recommend you review the Academic Calendar.
 
May I substitute microeconomics for the macroeconomics requirement?
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.
 
It has been longer than 7 years since I've completed my requirements, do I need to enroll in refresher courses?
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.
 
Will you accept interpersonal communication for the public speaking requirement?
No, students must complete a course in public speaking. No substitutions are allowed.