Prepare Yourself to Apply!
This section provides general information about how to best prepare for the PharmCAS admissions process.
Before you begin the application, be sure to:
- use the “Step-by-Step” Checklist,
- carefully read all the PharmCAS instructions,
- review the pharmacy school admission requirements,
- review specific prerequisite courses by PharmD program (click Course Prerequisites by Pharmacy School to view)
- abide by the Applicant Code of Conduct and,
- familiarize yourself with the PharmCAS Applicant Responsibilities.
Learn About Pharmacy Programs
Visit the PharmCAS School Directory for valuable information on the application process and requirements for all participating Pharm.D. programs. These pages provide concise summaries of the unique features offered by individual programs and important application deadlines, and include contact information and links to each degree program’s website. Launch the pages by selecting a program’s name in any of the PharmCAS Directories.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Pharmacy Degree Program
The following is a listing of things to consider when choosing a Pharm.D. program. It is not all inclusive, but will help to start your search for the programs that will fit you the best. It is up to you to decide which factors are the most important in your decision on where to apply.
- Location – How far are you willing to relocate?
- Cost – What can you afford? Private vs. Public? In-state vs. Out-of-state?
- Class Size – In what environment do you learn best?
- What is the accreditation status of the program? Pharm.D. programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Students must graduate from an ACPE accredited program to be eligible to practice pharmacy in the U.S. For more information about accreditation, go to our Accreditation Information page.
- Does the program offer dual degrees? Will you be able to develop other interests that compliment your pharmacy education while you pursue it?
- Curricular Innovations – What unique teaching techniques are employed to help you learn the pharmacy curriculum?