Non-resident Tuition Fee Waivers now available for qualifying applicants (U.S. citizens and 3.0 GPA minimum required). Non-residents can save $18000 in year one and approximately $90000 overall program cost savings.
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Non-resident Tuition Fee Waivers now available for qualifying applicants (U.S. citizens and 3.0 GPA minimum required). Non-residents can save $18000 in year one and approximately $90000 overall program cost savings.
921 South 5th Avenue
Mail Stop 8288
United States

Program Application Deadline

May 1, 2024
December 1, 2023

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Pocatello, Idaho, Meridian, Idaho, Anchorage, Alaska, Our main campus is located in Pocatello, Idaho with additional campuses in Meridian, Idaho and Anchorage, Alaska. Details of each location are available:
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
The College of Pharmacy and College of Business at Idaho State University offer a joint PharmD/MBA program for students interested in earning both degrees. Students complete the traditional PharmD and MBA degree programs with some courses from each program counting towards degree requirements of the other program. Plans of study will differ from student to student; however, it is possible for students to complete the MBA degree by the time they complete their PharmD degree.


Program Description

Idaho State University L. S. Skaggs College of Pharmacy serves all citizens of the state and is a national leader in tele-pharmacy services and pharmacy practice transformation. The Pharm.D. degree is delivered synchronously in Pocatello and Meridian, Idaho and Anchorage, Alaska. The ISU College of Pharmacy trains caring and collaborative pharmacists and scholars while valuing integrity, access, inclusiveness, collaboration, intellectual curiosity, and accountability. Our student outreach programs win national and regional awards and our NAPLEX pass rate remains highly competitive. See why Idaho State University College of Pharmacy should be your first choice for pharmacy education! Discover more about the College of Pharmacy and admission into our PharmD program.

Choose Where You Roar !!! Campus Locations:

The Pocatello, Idaho site is on the ISU main campus, located in southeast Idaho. It is centrally located between Salt Lake City, Utah, and the popular vacation destinations of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming. Southeast Idaho is often thought of as an outdoor lover's paradise.

The Meridian, Idaho site is on our Meridian Health Science campus, next to Boise, Idaho. Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in the West with a robust job market. The city boasts an expanding arts and cultural community, along with easy access to recreational activities and active nightlife.

The Anchorage, Alaska site is located on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Anchorage has towering mountains, sparkling glaciers and amazing wildlife. From the serene waters of Cook Inlet to the exceptional natural wonders Anchorage encompasses incredible adventures and metropolitan appeals that are larger than life.

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GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

Admission to the ISU PharmD program is competitive and past academic performance is considered. The minimum overall GPA and prepharmacy GPA is 2.5.

All required prepharmacy courses must be completed with grades of C- or better.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I with lab 4 6
Chemistry General Chemistry I with lab 4 6
Chemistry General Chemistry II with lab 4 6
Statistics Intro to Statistics 3 4.5
Math Brief or Applied Calculus 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I with lab 4 6
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II with lab 4 6
Biochemistry Biochemistry 3 4.5
Physics General Physics I no lab required or Biophysics 3 4.5
Microbiology General Microbiology with lab 4 6
Economics Economics (Macro or Micro) 3 4.5
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs OR Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab 8 12
Other ISU General Education Courses:
25 38
All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year you apply, with the exception of biochemistry. Biochemistry may be completed in the early summer session prior to beginning the PharmD curriculum.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: No
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : No
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: No
All required pre-pharmacy courses must be completed with grades of C- or better. The minimum pre-pharmacy coursework GPA is 2.5.

In addition to the pre-pharmacy prerequisites, Idaho State University requires students who do not possess an Associate's or Bachelor's degree from an accredited US institution to complete a set of General Education Objectives. We encourage completion of an Associate of Arts or Science or BS degree prior to matriculation. Beginning the PharmD at ISU without a previous degree may result in the need to complete deficient ISU General Education requirements during PharmD studies. ISU General Education requirements are:

Supplemental Materials


PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Although recommended, experience in a pharmacy setting is not required. During the interview process, applicants are asked questions about the profession of pharmacy. Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to be able to answer questions about pharmacy.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Not Accepted
Not Accepted
Two letters of reference are required. It is preferred that one of the two be from a U.S. licensed pharmacist. Both letters must be from individuals who have supervised the applicant in a work or academic setting.


Preference is given to residents of Idaho and Alaska.

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
International transcripts must be evaluated by (WES) the World Education Service and provide an official course-by-course evaluation report and include all official transcripts for international coursework. ISU College of Pharmacy strongly prefers that all upper division pre-pharmacy coursework (Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Physics) be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
TOEFL or IELTS International applicants will be required to meet the admission requirements of Idaho State University for English proficiency. The details are available:
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with one interviewer, Individual applicants with two or more interviewers, Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
The admission interview consists of several components: group interviews with current PharmD students and multiple interview components with College of Pharmacy faculty. This process is live and interactive and provides applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate communication and analytical abilities and to learn more about the PharmD program at Idaho State University by interacting with current PharmD students and faculty.

Accepted Applicants

As an applicant accepts the offer of admission into ISU's PharmD program, a $200 nonrefundable seat-hold fee is required. This amount is then credited to the student's fall 2024 tuition.
Orientation for entering PharmD students will be held August 14 and 15, 2024. White Coat Ceremonies for Idaho and Alaska based students will be held August 14 for Idaho and August 16 for Alaska tentatively.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings