The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy offers a 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program located on a premier academic medical campus with nationally-ranked hospitals, health systems, faculty, and research. MCW offers a rigorous, student-centered, small-class approach to teaching.
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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy offers a 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program located on a premier academic medical campus with nationally-ranked hospitals, health systems, faculty, and research. MCW offers a rigorous, student-centered, small-class approach to teaching.
MCW School of Pharmacy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
53226
United States
Wisconsin

Program Application Deadline

June 1, 2021
Yes

Program Information

Candidate
No
Private
Yes
Quarter (4 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 3
Preferred
Yes
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance

Last Entering Class

44

Upcoming Entering Class

72
10

Dual and Concurrent Degrees

No
No

Program Description

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy offers a three-year, year-round Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center which includes access to Froedtert Hospital, Children's Wisconsin, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Cancer Center, Eye Institute, Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, and mental health facilities.

MCW’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice at the top of their license and contribute to patient-centered care within a team-based model, ensuring optimal patient outcomes in concert with other healthcare professionals. The vision for the MCW School of Pharmacy is to prepare the next generation of pharmacists to meet the growing healthcare needs of society. A pharmacy career offers individuals the opportunity to encourage wellness in the community and the chance to improve the lives of those they serve every day. Applicants may learn more at mcw.edu/pharmacy.

The MCW School of Pharmacy applied to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for Accreditation Status in March of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 national health crisis and response, the ACPE has postponed the originally scheduled April 2020 accreditation site visit until late summer or early fall and has extended the School’s Candidate Accreditation Status through January 31, 2021.

To chat with one of our current students, please visit https://www.mcw.edu/education/pharmacy-school/prospective-students/chat-with-us?ub_medium=product&ub_source=University%20Popcard&ub_campaign=&ub_content=.

For more information on our accreditation status, please visit https://www.mcw.edu/education/pharmacy-school/about-us/accreditation.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

2.00
2.50
A maximum of 12 credits of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) or College in the Schools (CIS) credit may be accepted if it appears on a college transcript.

Prerequisites must be a minimum of three semester credits or approximate quarter hours and be completed with a grade of C or better (pass or satisfactory on a competency based scale).
90
27
0
All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 30, 2021. Students considering applying for admission to the MCW School of Pharmacy must complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to matriculating to be considered for federal financial aid assistance.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology. Recommended courses include Foundations of Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Marine Biology, Human Structure, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Animal Physiology. Lab preferred but not required.
6
Biology/Biological Science Advanced Biology. Recommended courses include Genetics, Neuroscience, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Genetics, Genomics. Lab preferred but not required. 6
Chemistry General Chemistry 1. Lab preferred but not required. 3
Chemistry General Chemistry 2. Lab preferred but not required. 3
Chemistry Recommended courses include Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry. Lab preferred but not required. 3
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1. Lab required. 3
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2. Lab preferred but not required. 3
Statistics Intro to Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Analysis, Accounting or Business Statistics 3
Math College Algebra. Must be a 100-level or higher Math course. Calculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus with Geometry are accepted. 3
English Composition / Writing Must be a 100-level or higher English, Literature, Reading, or Writing course. 3
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Must be a 100-level or higher Public Speaking, Speech, or Communication course. 3
General Elective(s) Physics, Economics, Calculus, Ethics, Humanities, Social Sciences, Religion. Studio Art, Theater, or Physical Education classes do not satisfy this requirement. 12
June 30, 2021
For Summer 2021 admission, all prerequisites must be completed by June 30, 2021. You are not required to have a bachelor's degree to start the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. A bachelor's degree in the sciences from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. will typically satisfy all prerequisites for the MCW School of Pharmacy.

A final official transcript will be required prior to the start of classes in the desired year of entry.

Please visit the following page to learn more about prerequisites: https://www.mcw.edu/education/pharmacy-school/prospective-students/prerequisites.
Yes

Supplemental Materials

No
No

PCAT and Other Tests

Optional
To learn more information about the PCAT, please visit https://www.pearsonassessments.com/graduate-admissions/pcat/about.html
Yes
GRE, MCAT

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Yes
Three (3)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
  • Employer: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Faculty Advisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Pharmacist: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Politician: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Math): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Science): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Supervisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
Evaluations from individuals are preferred. Inquire with the Office of Student Affairs directly for additional guidance: pharmacy@mcw.edu.
Yes
Conditionally accepted
Evaluations from individuals are preferred. Inquire with the Office of Student Affairs directly for additional guidance: pharmacy@mcw.edu.
Yes
Applicants are required to submit at least three evaluations, and up to four are permitted. Applicants can submit evaluations from sources such as college professors, work supervisors, volunteer supervisors, or research supervisors. Recommenders must know you in a professional capacity.

We do not accept evaluations from family, friends, or clergy.

The letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS.

Residency

No
No
The cost of tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.

International Applicants

Yes
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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
An international bachelor’s degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed prior to entry into the MCW Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is required. Applicants are required to submit a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation from the World Education Service (WES) through PharmCAS.

If you are an applicant who has completed course work or earned your degree outside of the U.S. or Canada, and you are not currently enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian institution, you must complete a minimum of two semesters (1 year) of academic study at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.

All pre-pharmacy courses must be completed by the end of the spring term of your entry year. It is recommended that all prerequisites are completed at a four-year college/university in the U.S.
Yes
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) accepts only Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) test scores. Admitted students are exempt from taking the ISE Exam with the following scores:

Master’s/Professional Degrees 90 or above, with 20 or above in each section.

MCW must receive scores electronically from the testing service for them to be considered official. Photocopies or paper copies of scores are not acceptable. MCW’s institution code is 4852. No department code is required.

Your scores are considered valid only if earned within two years of your intended first term at MCW. (For example, no earlier than July 1, two years prior if applying for the fall term.)

For additional information, please visit https://www.mcw.edu/education/pharmacy-school/prospective-students/prerequisites.

Interviews

Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
The MCW School of Pharmacy admits students on a rolling basis, conducting monthly interviews.

Each student participating in an interview day will receive a program overview and complete 1) a 30-minute writing exercise, 2) two individual face-to-face interviews with MCW School of Pharmacy faculty members, 3) a group activity, and 4) a tour of the MCW Milwaukee campus.

The Faculty Admission Committee reviews the interview results and makes a final recommendation regarding admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

Accepted Applicants

Yes
No
Admitted students pay a nonrefundable electronic deposit of $100, which is applied to their first term’s tuition.
  • July 05, 2021
Following an interview, letters of admission will be sent by email and postal mail within one week of being admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Students will be required to complete all items on the Matriculation Requirements checklist by June 1, 2021.

Accepted applicants with remaining coursework must complete all courses by June 30, 2021, prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.
Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

Yes
Yes