Pharm D Prerequisites
All Pre-Pharmacy requirements must be completed prior to entry into the program (the courses PHRM 10000 and PHRM 20000 are waived for students who did not attend Purdue’s West Lafayette campus when doing their pre-pharmacy program). Students may complete these requirements at other colleges and universities, and international transfer credit is accepted. However, the two semesters each of organic chemistry and anatomy/physiology, and one semester each of biochemistry and immunology, must be completed in the United States, regardless of whether they have been taken previously.
Because of the integrated nature of the curriculum, there is no opportunity to be admitted to the professional program with advanced standing beyond the beginning of the first professional year. The Pre-Pharmacy requirements are as follows (see the specific courses in the Purdue Pre-Pharmacy program that meet these requirements)
|Anatomy and Physiology||6 semester hours, with lab|
|Calculus I & II||6 semester hours|
|Economics||3 semester hours - micro, macro, or general|
|English Composition||3 semester hours|
|General Biology I & II||8 semester hours, with lab|
|General Chemistry I & II||8 semester hours, with lab|
|Microbiology||4 semester hours, with lab|
|Organic Chemistry I & II||8 semester hours, with lab|
|Pharmacy Orientation||West Lafayette Students Only|
|Physics||4 semester hours, with lab; can be non-calculus based|
|Immunology||3 semester hours|
|Biochemistry||3 semester hours|
|Statistics||3 semester hours|
|Speech Communications||3 semester hours|
Admissions Decision Factors
Admissions decisions by the Admissions Committee involve consideration of several factors including:
- Evidence of academic readiness for, and commitment to, growth in the learning goals of the professional curricula
- Evidence of community volunteer service and leadership experience
- Evidence of quality verbal and written communication ability as well as interpersonal capabilities
- Evidence of knowledge about pharmacy and initiative to learn more about pharmacy and career path options
- Applicant’s initiative to seek out firsthand knowledge about various pharmacy practice environments
- Cumulative grade point average for all coursework taken after high school (suggested minimum 3.00)
- Performance in Pre-Pharmacy core math/science courses (biology, chemistry, immunology, calculus, physics, and statistics) will be critically reviewed. A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all Pre-Pharmacy core math/science courses.
- Previous work experience
- Two letters of evaluation (required)
- Applicant-supplied information and statements on the application form
- Personal interview with representatives of the Admissions Committee. Each applicant given final consideration for acceptance will be interviewed at least once by one or two faculty or professional staff members.
- Extemporaneous writing and verbal communication exercises
- Completeness of application forms
A presentation on the admission process and the factors considered by the admissions committee can be found in this PDF file.
A personal interview with representatives of the Admissions Committee is required. This will be arranged for the most qualified students after applications have been received.
Students applying for the PharmD program must currently and continually meet the College of Pharmacy Technical Standards for Admission and Retention, which are available in the Student Handbook.