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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.

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
  • PCAT Not Required! (Students who have a science GPA below a 2.7 are encouraged to take the PCAT to strengthen their application)
    • For more information on what courses PharmCAS considers in your “Science GPA” please go HERE.

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 the intended enrollment date.

The program application opens for each new cycle in early-to-mid July of each year for a student seeking admission for the following autumn. The PharmCAS application deadline to be considered for the next cohort, which begins at the start of the autumn semester, is February 1st each year.

Updated Admissions Prerequisite Grading Policy Changes during the COVID pandemic

The College of Pharmacy will accept a grade of pass (PA) for any coursework completed during the COVID pandemic.

  • It is strongly recommended that candidates obtain a traditional letter grade for any required prerequisite coursework when able.
  • Students who have the option of receiving either a traditional letter grade or a pass/no pass grade should consider how their choice may impact the ability of the Admissions Committee to assess their record of academic success.
  • Questions can be directed to the student’s assigned academic advisor.

Take a virtual tour of the College of Pharmacy and learn more about the PharmD Program.

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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. 

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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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While transferring to Ohio State from another PharmD program is possible, it is not simple due to the modular structure of our curriculum. Transferring often means students add a year or more to their time to degree. 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 and all previous college transcripts.

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. 

If you are interested in applying, please begin by completing the Transfer Student Application. Once received, a staff member will reach out to provide guidance on next steps.

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Table listing prerequisite courses for admission into the PharmD program
General Requirement Description Ohio State Course Number
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/1 lab) CHEM 2510 + 2540 and 2520
Calculus (1 class) MATH 1151
Statistics (1 class) STATS 1450 or 1350
Basic Microbiology/lab (1 class, 1 lab) MICRO 4000
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

Updated Admissions Prerequisite Grading Policy Changes for Spring 2020 

Ohio State College of Pharmacy has made a change to the graded prerequisite coursework for all spring 2020 classes to allow the grade of a Pass/No Pass or Pass/Fail grade for any Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) prerequisite taken in the SP20 semester only.  

  • It is strongly recommended that students obtain a traditional letter grade for any required prerequisite coursework when able. 
  • Students who have the option of receiving either a traditional letter grade or a pass/no pass grade should consider how their choice may impact the ability of the Admissions Committee to assess their record of academic success. 
  • Questions can be directed to the student's assigned academic advisor.
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  • Performance in prerequisite course work
  • Cumulative and science grade point averages (minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.7)
  • Any standardized tests submitted to PharmCAS (PCAT Not Required)
  • 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)
    • Three letters are required and should be submitted directly to PharmCAS
    • Recommended references are pharmacist, science professors or math professors. We accept references from co-workers, employers, faculty advisors, healthcare professionals, pre-health advisors, supervisors, teaching assistance or liberal arts professors.
  • 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

**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

Priority Deadline Applicants
(Fall of 2023)

Regular Decision Applicants
(Fall of 2023)

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2022 Deadline: April 3, 2023

June-September:

  1. The PCAT is not required, however if you do want to take it to strengthen your application you should consider taking the July/September PCAT.  The PharmCAS application 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. Obtain pharmacy shadowing or work experience

  4. Secure positive and thorough letters of reference

June-September:

  1. The PCAT is not required, however if you do want to take it to strengthen your application, due to our rolling admissions, consider registering for one of the fall PCAT dates process. The PharmCAS application 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. Obtain pharmacy shadowing or work experience

  4. Secure positive and thorough letters of reference

September-November:

  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.

November-Forward:

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

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

November-April:

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

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

 

*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.

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