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    About the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

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    The Office of Pharmacy Admissions handles all application inquiries for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

    Information about the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), joint PharmD/PhD and other programs is available on the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website.

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list in order to receive information about possible admission, please click here: Join our mailing list and receive information.

    Selection Criteria
    We seek applicants that have a wide variety of life experiences and disciplines. The average entering GPA for the past several years has been between 3.2 - 3.5. It is recommended that applicants have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered academically competitive. However, higher grades are not a guarantee of admission and lower grades do not necessarily mean rejection. Pacific offers a holistic review and looks at much more than just the grade point average!

    We consider many factors when making admission decisions including: course loads, strength of curriculum, grade trends, pharmacy experience, other health care related experience, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership abilities, and written and oral communication skills.

    We also expect very strong detailed letters of recommendation. Pacific accepts applicants with majors in a variety of disciplines; however, students must have the necessary prerequisite courses prior to matriculation.

    In recent years, Pacific has received close to 1,000 applications per year. We invite 350 - 400 students to interview for which we have space for approximately 100 students.  Historically, we see 100 of our own pre-pharmacy advantage students advance into the 1st professional year, giving us an entering class size of 195 -200 students.

    The Office of Pharmacy Admissions recommends applying early in the review cycle, preferably in the summer or early fall. We require the PharmCAS application, in which the supplemental questions are included. Please note that PharmCAS requires an accurate reflection of your academic history entered on their form. This means you will need an official transcript from each school attended in order to accurately complete the PharmCAS application. All courses, whether they are listed with grades, withdrawals, incompletes, or audits must be listed on the application.

    PharmCAS will request detailed information (such as dates and time spent) about your work experience, pharmacy experience, extracurricular involvement, community service, organizations, honors, and awards.  Please be sure to complete the application accurately and in full!

    Statistics for 2018 Applicant Pool 

    Does not include Pacific pre-pharmacy advancing students unless specifically noted

    Estimated number interviewed for fall 2018 Entering Class: 350
    Estimated number of entering students holding Bachelor's Degrees:  98%
    Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including both Pacific Pre-Pharmacy Advancement & transfer seats: 200
    Estimated number of Pre-Pharmacy Advancing students entering the professional program: 100
    Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 260
    Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 6%
    Estimated percent of males in 2018 Entering Class :35%
    Estimated percent of females in 2018 Entering Class: 65%


    Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.2 - 3.5.  Pacific uses the PharmCAS Cumulative and Science GPA's. Repeated courses are averaged and do not replace the initial grade received.
    Approximate Number of transfer seats available for fall 2018 Entering Class: 100
    Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7 but due to competitive nature of the applicant pool, students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 3.0 to be considered a strong candidate.
    Minimum prerequisite GPA considered (if applicable): Pacific does not compute a separate pre-requisite GPA.
    Minimum composite PCAT score considered:  PCAT is not required and we will not review scores if submitted.


    Profile of Admitted Students:

    • Bachelor's Degree holder
    • Well-rounded interests and life experiences
    • Multiple leadership positions
    • Involved in numerous extra-curricular activities
    • Pharmacy experience
    • Community service
    • Excellent communication skills