Drake's PharmD program focuses on professional development resulting in high job and residency placement (In the top 5 programs nation-wide for ASHP residency match rate in the last 2 out of 3 years).
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Contact Information

Drake's PharmD program focuses on professional development resulting in high job and residency placement (In the top 5 programs nation-wide for ASHP residency match rate in the last 2 out of 3 years).
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines
United States

Program Application Deadline

June 1, 2022
January 4, 2022
if you apply by the priority deadline, you will have priority consideration for our most prestigious scholarships. Check out our pharmacy scholarships website at https://www.drake.edu/pharmacy/scholarships/ and see all the great opportunities that are available to you as an applicant! Our scholarships range from $10,000 - $20,000 per year and are awarded for up to 4 years. This year, 100% of our incoming P1s are receiving scholarships! Apply early to maximize your opportunities!

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • None
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s)

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/JD (Juris Doctor), PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MPA (Public Administration), PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/MSHI or MHIIM (Health Informatics), PharmD/MSLD (Leadership Development)

Program Description

At Drake, we are teaching innovative practices for the future of pharmacy—in and out of the classroom through the following:

Practical Experiences
* Begin working with patients in your first semester
* Enhance your knowledge base through hands-on involvement
* Extensive local and national practitioner network
* Opportunities for international rotations

Value-Added Opportunities
* 6 dual-degree options
* Complete 2 degrees in less time than it would take to pursue each degree separately
* Opportunities for minors and concentrations to add to your PharmD
* >50% of graduates earn second degree, minor or concentration with PharmD

Personalized Education
* Individual attention from faculty and staff
* Curriculum rich with high impact teaching practices, including team-based learning
* Become a capable communicator, problem solver, and decision maker
* Focus on patient-centered care, health promotion, practice management, and advocacy

Connections in the Capital
* Only college of pharmacy located in Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city
* Opportunities for unique practice experiences
* Access to legislative activities through professional organizations
* Legislative internships at the State Capitol
* Benefits and networking through the Iowa Pharmacy Association

Professional Preparation
* Emphasis on entrepreneurial leadership and advancing the pharmacy profession
* Intentional professional development and leadership opportunities
* Nationally recognized co-curricular programs, student organizations, and professional fraternities

Excellence in Outcomes
* Graduates consistently achieve above the national average in outcomes
* >98% accomplishment rate
* In the top 5 programs nation-wide for ASHP residency match rate in the last 2 out of 3 years
* Consistently above national average in NAPLEX pass rate
* #1 program in the national Pharmacy Times-Parata Next Generation Future Pharmacists Award (7 finalists and 3 winners in 11 years)

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria


Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Chemistry General (Inorganic) Chemistry: A complete year course sequence is required. Courses must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for organic chemistry. Labs are required. 8 12
Chemistry Organic Chemistry: A complete year course sequence is required. Labs are required. 8 12
Biology/Biological Science Biological Sciences: A complete year course sequence is required. Must include topics in human anatomy. Additional courses may include ecology, evolution, anatomy/physiology, cell biology, and biological diversity/structure. Labs are required. 8 12
Microbiology Microbiology: A one-semester course in microbiology is required. A course intended for health care majors is recommended. A lab is not required. 3 4
Statistics Statistics: A one-semester course in general statistics is required. Business statistics, psychology statistics, or biological science statistics courses are accepted. 3 4
Math Calculus: A one-semester course in calculus is required. 3 4
English Composition / Writing English Composition/Writing: A complete year course sequence is required. The sequence can be made up of a one-semester college-level composition course and a one-semester intensive writing course. 6 8
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Public Speaking: A one-semester course focused on public speaking is required. Students may submit non-public speaking courses for syllabus review if the course contains a robust classroom presentation component. 3 4
General Elective(s) General Electives: 18 semester credit hours in general electives are required; Drake requires students to complete a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate coursework (at least 60 credit hours). 18 24
All required math and science prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to entering the PharmD program. English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the summer term prior to entering the PharmD program.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: No
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : No
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: No
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in order to receive transfer credit and fulfill prerequisite courses. Students who wish to fulfill prerequisites using Advanced Placement (AP) scores must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam. Please see Drake University's AP, IB and CLEP credit policy at www.drake.edu or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information.

Supplemental Materials


PCAT and Other Tests

Applicants who are taking the PCAT for the first time are encouraged to take it in the summer or fall. Drake will accept scores from all test offerings in 2021/2022 for the fall 2022 admission cycle, however we recommend that students use the spring and summer 2022 test dates to retake the test if they wish to do so.
CASPer, DAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, OAT, Situational Judgement Test, Other
Applicants are required to take a graduate-level standardized admission test. This includes the PCAT​, GRE, MCAT, DAT, or any other graduate-level test.

Observation Hours


Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

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International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
International applications should review our requirements for admission for international students at https://www.drake.edu/pharmacy/doctorofpharmacy/pharmdadmission/international/admissionrequirementsforinternationalstudents/. Applicants with foreign transcripts must have original foreign transcripts sent directly to Drake University. Photocopies will NOT be accepted. Send original foreign transcripts to Drake University Registrar's Office 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311 USA
U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Canadian citizens and foreign citizens are all given equal consideration for PharmD admission. The TOEFL is waived for any non-native English speaker who has completed an educational program in the United States other than English as a Second Language (ESL). Drake University reserves the right to request TOEFL scores from non-native English speaking applicants.


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers, Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Applicants with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete a scored interview. Students who are invited to complete the second phase of the admission process will be notified via email.

Accepted Applicants

Admitted students who wish to enroll must submit a $350 non-refundable tuition deposit to confirm their place in the PharmD program. Instructions for how to submit this tuition deposit can be found in the student's official letter of admission.
  • Aug 29, 2022
Classes begin in August. Admitted students will receive communication about the specific date and details for the first day of the fall semester in their letters of admission.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings