Pharm.D. Application Process
Admission to the Pharm.D. program requires the equivalent of two years, or 62 semester hours, of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university. Application may be made after completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework.
Please review the information on pre-professional course requirements below before beginning the application process. Review the online Pharm.D. program admissions and application process.
Pharmacy Application Process
Important Application Updates for 2020
Application Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply through PharmCAS has been extended to July 1.
PCAT Testing Optional
Effective immediately, for the remainder of the 2020 admission cycle, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy is no longer requiring the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT); it is optional. If you believe the PCAT provides evidence of growth and academic preparedness, you are encouraged to submit the scores from the July 2020 administration to PharmCAS (code 104).
Application Through PharmCAS
PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) is a centralized service that offers the convenience of one general application for multiple Pharm.D. programs.
To apply to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, submit the following directly to PharmCAS.
- Online application to PharmCAS
- PharmCAS fee
- PCAT scores - see note above
- Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
- Two letters of recommendation
Incomplete applications will not be processed by PharmCAS or the School.
Complete applications for admission will be processed upon receipt. The Admissions Committee will identify and invite the most qualified candidates to campus for an interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of a decision on a rolling basis.
International Applicants/Foreign Transcripts
The Wegmans School of Pharmacy requires TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based). Foreign transcripts must be sent to an evaluation service for a course-by-course report. Send this report directly to PharmCAS. The PharmCAS website has a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation services.
Criminal Background Check Requirements
If accepted, you will be subject to a criminal background check. You are required to complete this procedure prior to matriculation. It is your responsibility to assume expenses related to this requirement. You must follow procedures for completing a criminal background check as instructed by the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Read the entire Criminal Background Check (CBC) Policy [pdf].
The Wegmans School of Pharmacy does not accept the transfer of credits from another ACPE-accredited college/pharmacy school into the professional program. Therefore, students who have previously attended another professional pharmacy program must apply for admission through the college/school admission processes and begin the first professional year (P1) of the program at St. John Fisher College upon acceptance.
Pre-Professional Course Requirements
Minimum specific prerequisite course requirements are:
General Course Requirements
Total 24 semester hours
- English/Literature - 6 semester hours. One course must be English writing/composition.
- Speech - 3 semester hours (recommend Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)
- Economics - 3 semester hours (recommend Microeconomics)
- Humanities and or Social/Behavioral Sciences - 12 semester hours
Science and Math Requirements
Total 38 semester hours
- Calculus - 3 semester hours
- Statistics - 3 semester hours
- General Chemistry - 8 semester hours w/lab
- Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours w/lab
- Physics - 4 semester hours w/lab
- Biology - 12 semester hours w/lab
Grades below "C" cannot be accepted toward completion of these requirements. All science courses (chemistry, biology, physics) must include a laboratory with each lecture. Advanced placement courses are not accepted for science courses. All pre-professional coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy.
Minimum GPA (Grade Point Average)
Cumulative and science GPAs of 2.75 are considered competitive. However, most students accepted to the program have performed at a much higher level.
PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
The PCAT assesses one's skills necessary to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. You must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send your PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. The reporting code is 104.
You must take the PCAT on or before the February test date to be considered for fall admission to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. For more information, visit the PCAT website or call (800) 622-3231.