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The PharmD Admissions Committee looks for well-rounded students from a variety of backgrounds:

Individuals who have had diverse and stimulating life experiences that will enable them to add value to their classmates and to the College of Pharmacy community in meaningful ways.

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The Ohio State Doctor of Pharmacy program operates on rolling admission. Applicant review begins as early as September for early decision applicants. Regular process student interviews occur between January and March. You are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible after the opening of the PharmCAS application. Doing so gives your application the chance to be reviewed and considered for an interview the most times. 

Applicants must achieve a minimum academic profile to be considered for an invitation to interview:

  • An earned bachelors degree in any subject prior to enrollment
  • 2.7 cumulative grade point average from all coursework from all institutions you've attended
  • A minimum Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) composite percentile of 50

Ohio State uses the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) to process transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation. We encourage students to begin the application process 12-18 months prior to intended enrollment date.

The program application opens for each new cycle in early-to-mid July of each year for student seeking admission for the following autumn. The PharmCAS application deadline to be considered for the next cohort, which begins at the start of autumn semester, is the first Monday in February each year.

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Applicants must submit the Ohio State supplemental application to complete their application and have it be reviewed. Upon submission and verification of your PharmCAS application, you will be emailed by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions to create an Ohio State user ID and account login information. This email will come approximately 5-10 business days after your verification. The day following your creation and activation of a username, you will then have access to the supplemental application. 

The supplemental application will ask students to answer basic personal information and complete two short essay questions. Those questions are:

  1. Describe your interest in the PharmD program at The Ohio State University. (250 words or less)
  2. What strengths do you possess that you believe will help you achieve academic success in the Ohio State PharmD program? (250 words or less)
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Ohio State accepts international applicants for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. International applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow time for transcripts to be reviewed.

Key information for applicants with international coursework:

  1. Send your original transcripts directly to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office in a sealed envelope.
  2. English language proficiency tests are required for all students who graduated from and institution in a non-English speaking country. (minimum TOEFL score of 577 for the paper-based test, or 90 for the computer-based test, or MELAB of 84)
  3. If accepted, international students will need to complete a financial review prior to being able to matriculate to the program.

Students entering this program are required to complete a Bachelor degree prior to matriculation.
Applicants with a Bachelor degree earned outside of the United States will be evaluated for a required general education curriculum. Please be aware of these prerequisite general education courses:

  • 1st Year English Composition (1 course/3 credit hours)
  • 2nd Year English Composition (1 course/3 credit hours)
  • Social Science (3 courses/9 credit hours)
  • Historical Survey (2 courses/6 credit hours)
  • Texts and Works of Art (3 courses/9 credit hours)
  • Social Diversity (1 course/3 credit hours) – social diversity may overlap with another course
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Students interested in transferring to Ohio State from another PharmD program are encouraged to have an advising meeting with a member of the Student Affairs staff to determine individual requirements necessary to achieve a successful transfer. Because pharmacy curricula vary from institution to institution and it is unlikely that the course sequencing would match up identically, transferring often means students add a year or more to their time to degree. For this reason, while many inquire about transferring, only a small number actually apply for a transfer. The following requirements must be met by interested applicants who wish to transfer to OSU:

  1. The Dean or Director of Student Affairs of the pharmacy school which the applicant is attending must submit a letter summarizing the applicant's credentials and verifying that the student is in good academic standing.
  2. The student must submit a copy of his/her pharmacy school application including PCAT scores and all previous college transcripts.
  3. The student must submit a formal request for transfer outlining circumstances regarding the potential transfer.

Once these items are received, the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee reviews the situation and rules on the transfer request. If approved for a transfer, the candidate is then able to work with the appropriate faculty to determine pharmacy course equivalencies. The College of Pharmacy faculty for each appropriate course determines the equivalency of prior coursework. The staff in the Student Affairs Office facilitates this process. 

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Table listing prerequisite courses for admission into the PharmD program
General Requirement Description Ohio State Course Number
Human Anatomy/lab (1 class, 1 lab) ANATOMY 2300 or 3300 or EEOB 2510
Introductory Biology/lab (1 class, 1 lab) BIO 1113
General Chemistry/lab (2 classes, 2 labs *if institution offers) CHEM 1210 and 1220
Organic Chemistry/lab (2 classes, 2 labs *if institution offers) CHEM 2510 + 2540 and 2520 + 2550
Calculus (1 class) MATH 1151
Statistics (1 class) STATS 1450 or 1350
Basic Microbiology/lab (1 class, 1 lab) MICRO 4000
Physics/lab (1 class, 1 lab *can be algebra or calculus based) PHY 1200
Biochemistry (1 class) BIOCHEM 4511 or BIOCHEM 5613 + 5614 or PHR 3200
Human Physiology (1 class) EOB 2520 or PHR 3100 or PHYSIO 3101 + 3102 or PHYSIO 3200

 

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  • Performance in prerequisite course work
  • Cumulative and science grade point averages (minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.7)
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores (minimum composite PCAT of a 50th percentile)
  • Level of pharmacy experience
  • Full disclosure of prior misdemeanor or felony convictions
  • Personal statements completed by the applicant
  • Extracurricular leadership and work experience
  • Letters of recommendation (must submit at least three letters of reference submitted directly to PharmCAS)
  • Personal interviews

**International candidates will need to submit test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery scores for non-native English speakers (minimum TOEFL score of 577 for the paper-based test or 90-91 for the computer-based test or MELAB of 84)

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Averages and qualities of our most competitive applicants
Averages Recommended Ranges
Cumulative GPA: 3.4-3.5 Cumulative GPA: 3.0-4.0
Science GPA: 3.3 Science GPA: >3.0
PCAT Composite: 80-85th percentile PCAT Composite: 60-99th percentile

**We consider all applicants who meet our minimum requirements. We review all aspects of your application, including your personal statement and letters of reference, in combination with your academic profile to determine which students are invited to interview. Therefore, we encourage students who fall outside of the listed "most competitive" ranges to apply.

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Timeline

Early Decision Applicants
(Fall of 2019)

Regular Decision Applicants
(Fall of 2019)

Deadline: September 4, 2018 Deadline: February 1, 2019

June-September:

  1. Prepare for and take the PCAT and begin your PharmCAS application (*PharmCAS opens in mid-July. **The July PCAT is strongly preferred for Early Decision Applicants. Students may also take the September test. Tests after September will not be accepted for the Early Decision process.)

  2. Send your transcripts to PharmCAS immediately upon beginning your application. Receiving and processing these can take up to four weeks.

  3. Obtain pharmacy shadowing or work experience

  4. Secure positive and thorough letters of reference

June-September:

  1. Prepare for and take the PCAT and begin your PharmCAS application (*PharmCAS opens in mid-July.)

  2. Send your transcripts to PharmCAS immediately upon beginning your application. Receiving and processing these can take up to four weeks.

  3. Obrain pharmacy shadowing or work experience

  4. Secure positive and thorough letters of reference

September-October:

  1. Submit your PharmCAS application before September 4 with your transcripts having been received as well.

  2. Practice for a potential interview

  3. **Interviews are conducted and admissions decisions are made before the end of October

September-February:

  1. Submit your PharmCAS application before the deadline

  2. Practice for a potential interview

  3. **Interviews are conducted and admissions decisions issued on a rolling basis. Therefore, the earlier you complete the application, the more times your application will be considered for an interview.

October-Forward:

  1. If NOT admitted, then you may apply to other schools normally

  2. If you are admitted, you should pay attention to your email for important communications

  3. Complete prerequisite requirements and other requirements as discussed during your interview

October-April:

  1. If NOT admitted, then you may apply to other schools normally
  2. If you are admitted, you should pay attention to your email for important communications

  3. Complete prerequisite requirements and other requirements as discussed during your interview

*Early Decision applicants may get one of several decisions: (1) 'Admit', meaning you must attend Ohio State, (2) 'Deny', meaning you may apply to other schools, or (3) 'Waitlist', meaning you may be admitted at a later time or (4) 'Defer to the Regular Process' meaning we have chosen to reconsider your application in the context of our entire applicant pool

*It is strongly in your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible. By doing so, you give yourself the best chance to have your application considered the largest number of times.