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Contact Information

4600 Sunset Avenue
United States
Distance Pathway/Online
  • Name: Emily Robison
    Title: Transfer Admission Counselor
    Office: Office of Admission
    Phone (Work): 888-940-8100
  • Name: Dr. Angela V. Ockerman, PharmD
    Title: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
    Office: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Phone (Work): 317-940-8516

Program Application Deadline

April 3, 2023
To automatically be reviewed by our University Admission staff and the Pharmacy Admission Committee, applications must be SUBMITTED by April 3rd. Students who wish to be reviewed after that date are encouraged to contact our Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at to request an extension if seats are still available.
November 1, 2022
Butler's Priority Admission process is an opportunity for a select group of strong candidates to secure the first seats in the class receiving their admission decision as early as December.

Preference is given to applicants with a VERIFIED PharmCAS application at the deadline. Other criteria which could improve your selection for this opportunity include having no more than 3 outstanding pre-requisite courses and strong math/science academic performance with a math/science GPA 3.0 or above.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Not applicable
* 4

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

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.

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. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences currently houses two of those programs!

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 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 to enhance the student’s skill set while also serving their local community.

Butler graduates consistently achieve a NAPLEX pass rate well above the national average. Our 3-year aggregate pass rate is 95% compared to 86% nationally (2019-2021). Approximately 60% of our graduates go directly into the workforce with a 98% job placement rate (Class of 2021). 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.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

While preference is given to students with the stated high level of academic performance, we believe in looking at students holistically in our admission process reviewing each applicant individually. There is more to preparing tomorrow's healthcare leaders both locally and globally than can sometimes be predicted by prerequisite or cumulative GPAs. Every suitable candidate, regardless of background, merits an individual review by faculty, many of whom maintain active practice sites and understand what patient's need in a provider first-hand. Therefore, we also look for positive academic trends in a student's record as a way to be assured that admitted students can be successful and thrive in our program.
Each qualified applicant in PharmCAS is reviewed for completion of foundational math and science prerequisites at the appropriate academic level allowing for slight modifications in the number of credit hours as appropriate based on offerings at the undergraduate institution.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Chemistry General Chemistry 1 with lab
[Equivalent to CH105 at Butler University]
Chemistry General Chemistry 2 with lab
[Equivalent to CH106 at Butler University]
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1 with lab
[Equivalent to CH351 at Butler University]
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2 with lab
[Equivalent to CH352 at Butler University]
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology 1 (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to PX326 at Butler University]
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology 2 (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to PX327 at Butler University]
Biology/Biological Science Introduction to Cell Biology (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to BI105 at Butler University]
Microbiology Principles of Pathogenic Microbiology with lab
[Equivalent to BI325 at Butler University]
Math Calculus & Analytical Geometry
[Equivalent to MA106 at Butler University]
All prerequisite courses MUST be completed prior to the August start of the PharmD Program. Any conditional admission into Butler's PharmD Program will be revoked if pre-requisites are not completed on time. Admission preference may be given to candidates who have completed all prerequisite coursework at the time of application or if have indicated in their PharmCAS applications planned current/future semesters when any remaining pre-requisites will be completed.
  • 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 the candidate earned a C- or higher in order to be eligible for transfer into Butler University. More information can be found at
  • 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.

Supplemental Materials

Butler University strongly recommends candidates take advantage of Academic Update windows within PharmCAS to update transcripts and academic information upon conclusion of any fall or spring semesters completed after your application is submitted. Any transcripts for summer terms just prior to the program start or transcripts not submitted through PharmCAS must be sent to the Butler University Office of Admission at 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered

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 and interviews with practicing pharmacists even if outside their practice site.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
While Butler would prefer to have letters written on an applicant's behalf by single individuals who knew them well enough to comment, we understand there may be situations where applicants may want to provide documentation from an academic committee. We will review those letters.
Not Accepted
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.



International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents
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. If a student is using Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) instead of WES, Butler will accept those evaluations but they must be sent directly to Butler as PharmCAS will not accept them. Please contact us with additional questions related to foreign coursework.
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 International English Language Training System (IELTS): A score of 6.0 meets Butler’s requirements.

For additional information, see
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
As recommended by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Butler University requires an interview 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 Admission 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.

Accepted Applicants

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 refundable until May 1st prior to the August start for our Program. If an admitted student is granted a deferral to the following admission cycle, the deposit, unless previously refunded, will be applied to the following cycle.
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 live events. Online components will also be required and will be available up to 1 month prior to the start of classes.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings