Butler’s pharmacy program has a long history of full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and are currently accredited through June 2028. Butler received preliminary approval from ACPE for development of a new online PharmD degree pathway and will undergo a site visit during Spring 2022 anticipating final approval in June, 2022. While we expect a favorable outcome, should the online pathway not be approved, admitted students can join the campus-based pathway.
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Butler’s pharmacy program has a long history of full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and are currently accredited through June 2028. Butler received preliminary approval from ACPE for development of a new online PharmD degree pathway and will undergo a site visit during Spring 2022 anticipating final approval in June, 2022. While we expect a favorable outcome, should the online pathway not be approved, admitted students can join the campus-based pathway.
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis
Indiana
46208
United States
Distance Pathway/Online
  • Name: Emily Robison
    Title: Transfer Admission Counselor
    Office: Office of Admission
    Phone (Work): 888-940-8100
    Email: erobison@butler.edu
  • Name: Dr. Angela V. Ockerman, PharmD
    Title: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
    Office: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Phone (Work): 317-940-8516
    Email: aockerma@butler.edu
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Program Application Deadline

June 1, 2022
Applications are reviewed and processed using a rolling admissions model so the sooner applicants submit and interview, the more likely there will be seats available in the class beginning Fall 2022. After June 1st, the Admissions Committee will not accept or review any additional applications regardless of whether or not seats remain in the class. Preference will be given to those with complete and verified applications at the time of the final deadline.
February 1, 2022
We are excited to offer a Priority Deadline of February 1st when we will begin rolling admissions for candidates based on interview scheduling. Students who have submitted their PharmCAS application prior to February 1st will get the first opportunity to earn a seat in Butler's inaugural distance pathway class. The Pharmacy Admissions Committee guarantees review of all applications submitted prior to our Early Submission Deadline of April 1st when it then becomes based on space available.
Yes

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • Not applicable
No
Private
No
Other
* 2 - 4
Required
Yes
Early assurance
Yes

Last Entering Class

0
Yes

Dual and Concurrent Degrees

No
No
Butler University does offer dual degrees in our campus-based pathway and students are encouraged to explore those options with their academic advisor if they are of interest to the individual student, but at this time, those dual degree programs are not available to the online distance pathway student.
Yes

Program Description

Butler is a private, comprehensive university with over 5,000 full-time students. Four of our six colleges offer high quality, graduate-level, distance education combining exceptional learning with real life experiences to enhance graduate outcomes. Since 1904, we’ve been creating highly qualified pharmacy practitioners by leveraging a liberal arts perspective to develop life-long learners serving as dedicated health professionals, scholars and community leaders. The current curriculum prepares students for practice in all professional environments including novel pharmacy settings. Our faculty and nation-wide alumni network are here to support students through the process of discernment and development as they navigate the varied list of opportunities currently available to pharmacists. Butler faculty are passionate about teaching and working with our students outside the classroom as well through research and patient care projects enhancing the student’s skill set while also serving your local community.

Butler graduates consistently achieve a NAPLEX pass rate well above the national average. Our 3-year aggregate pass rate is 96% compared to 88% nationally (2018-2020). Approximately 60% of our graduates go directly into the workforce with a 99% job placement rate (Class of 2020). On average, 40% of Butler graduates pursue non-clinical fellowships, clinical residency programs and even PhD programs! For those pursuing post-graduate clinical residency programs, Butler's PGY1 match rate was 73% in 2021 compared to 65% nationally.

We believe in the importance of learning by doing which is why our program requires three immersion experiences on our Indianapolis campus allowing distance-based students to apply their knowledge, perfect their skills, and have the opportunity to be physically part of our community. This is in addition to the variety of required practice experiences; 2 introductory and 10 in advanced practice, at excellent sites nationwide.
Yes

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

~3.0
~2.8
While preference is given to students with the stated high level of academic performance, we believe in looking at students holistically in our admissions process reviewing each applicant individually. There is more to preparing tomorrow's healthcare providers both locally and globally than can sometimes be predicted by prerequisite or cumulative GPAs. Our Admissions Committee does watch closely for academic trends in a student's record to ensure they can be successful in our program, but believe that every suitable candidate merits an individual review by the faculty on the Committee, most of whom are also current practitioners.
0
30
Each qualified applicant in PharmCAS is reviewed for completion of foundational math and science prerequisites at the appropriate level allowing for slight modifications in the number of credit hours as appropriate. Students entering Butler's PharmD Program without a previous Bachelors degree, must also complete our Core Curriculum. Those students will also be evaluated to ensure they can reasonably complete both the PharmD and Core Curriculum requirements for an on-time graduation.
Yes

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Chemistry General Chemistry 1 with lab
[Equivalent to CH105 at Butler University]
4
Chemistry General Chemistry 2 with lab
[Equivalent to CH106 at Butler University]
4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1 with lab
[Equivalent to CH351 at Butler University]
4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2 with lab
[Equivalent to CH352 at Butler University]
4
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology 1 (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to PX326 at Butler University]
4
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology 2 (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to PX327 at Butler University]
4
Biology/Biological Science Introduction to Cell Biology (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to BI105 at Butler University]
3
Math Calculus & Analytical Geometry
[Equivalent to MA106 at Butler University]
4
Microbiology Principles of Pathogenic Microbiology with lab
[Equivalent to BI325 at Butler University]
3
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the August start of the PharmD Program although preference may be given to students who have completed all prerequisite coursework at the completion of the spring semester prior to beginning the PharmD Program fall of the same calendar year.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
All prerequisite courses must be approved for transfer into Butler University by the Office of Registration and Records. Criteria include that they are taken at a regionally accredited institution, are 100 level or higher, and you have earned a C- or better to be eligible for transfer credit evaluation.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
Butler University is taking special care in individually reviewing transcripts to ensure transfer students are not penalized by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes during the COVID-19 pandemic and will take into account the current institution’s COVID-19 grading policies. Transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Students entering Butler's online distance pathway are required to have Bachelors degree prior to admission into the PharmD Program to demonstrate a level of college-readiness and maturity to be successful in this environment. Applicants who do not have a healthcare or bioethics course approved by the Registrar or Associate Dean at Butler University for transfer credit equivalency will need to take Healthcare Ethics in their first professional year (3 credit hours).
Yes

Supplemental Materials

No
No
Yes

PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered
N/A
No
Yes

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Pharmacy is a rigorous course of study and the more informed students are about the profession prior to beginning their academic work, the more likely they will be successful. However, Butler recognizes the challenges, especially during the pandemic, of gaining access to practice sites. We still recommend students do what they can through websites like PharmacyForMe.org and interviews with practicing pharmacists even if outside their practice site.
Yes

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

No
  • Faculty Advisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Pharmacist: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Science): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Supervisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
No Answer
No answer
While Butler University does not require letters of recommendation, if a candidate chooses to provide these evaluations from the listed recommended sources, the Pharmacy Admissions Committee will review them as part of the application review process.
Yes

Residency

No
No
Yes

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
International college transcripts must be reviewed by World Education Services (WES) and the WES evaluation report must be submitted to PharmCAS.
Yes
TOEFL Scores must be 79 internet-based or 550 paper-based assessments. Butler's TOEFL school code is 1073.

A Duolingo score of 100 will also meet Butler's requirements.

For the American College Test, an English socre of 19 meets Butler's requirements. Butler's ACT school code is 1180.

For additional information, see https://www.butler.edu/admission/english-proficiency-requirements
No
Yes

Interviews

Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Yes
As recommended by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Butler University requires interviews for admission into the Pharmacy Program. The admissions criteria extend beyond academic minimums and include a measurement of these important attributes: verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the profession, commitment to patient care and professionalism. Other activities planned around the interview will include completion of a 30-minute proctored writing exercise. The Pharmacy Admissions Committee reserves to right to request candidates complete other interview-associated assignments as applicable to allow the candidate to demonstration appropriate skills that the Committee can use in their deliberation.
Yes

Accepted Applicants

Yes
No
Students admitted to Butler's PharmD Program must submit a $500 deposit within two weeks of their admission notification to hold their place in the class. This is non-refundable.
  • Aug 24, 2022
Registration for all admitted students occurs in June just prior to the start of classes in August. Students entering Butler's PharmD Program will be required to complete an orientation program prior to the start of the professional program. This typically occurs 1-2 days prior to the start of classes for synchronous events with additional, asynchronous online components available up to 1 month prior to the start of classes.
No
Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

No
No
Yes