Drake's PharmD program focuses on professional development resulting in high job and residency placement (#3 in nation ASHP phase I residency match rate in 2019).
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Contact Information

Drake's PharmD program focuses on professional development resulting in high job and residency placement (#3 in nation ASHP phase I residency match rate in 2019).
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines
United States

Program Application Deadline

June 1, 2021

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • None
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required

Last Entering Class


Upcoming 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

Drake University's four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) prepares students for successful careers in community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, post-graduate education and many other opportunities for practicing pharmacists. Our PharmD program places a distinct emphasis on developing entrepreneurial leaders committed to advancing the pharmacy profession. Through a curriculum rich with high impact teaching practices, students become capable communicators, problem solvers and decision makers with competence in professional, team-based, patient-centered care, health promotion, practice management, advocacy, self-learning and teaching. Nationally recognized student organizations and professional fraternities provide avenues for professional development and leadership. For information about our admission requirements and process, please visit https://www.drake.edu/pharmacy/doctorofpharmacy/pharmdadmission/.

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. Business calculus, applied calculus or calculus courses designed for the social sciences will NOT be accepted. 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. Interpersonal speaking and communication courses will NOT be accepted. 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.
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 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 2020/2021 for the fall 2021 admission cycle, however we recommend that students use the spring 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 and a scored writing assessment. 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.
  • August 30, 2021
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