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Contact Information

VCU School of Pharmacy - Admissions
410 North 12th Street
P.O. Box 980581
United States
  • Name: Kelechi C. Ogbonna, PharmD, MSHA
    Title: Associate Dean, Admissions & Student Services
    Phone (Work): 804-828-3000

Program Application Deadline

May 3, 2021

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • Inova - Fairfax, VA
  • University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4
Not Required
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Upcoming Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/MS (Master of Science), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Other Dual Degrees
Certificate in Aging Studies

Program Description

We are the oldest pharmacy school in Virginia, tracing our roots back to 1898. Our primary teaching facilities are located on the Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond, the state capital. We are 1 of 18 Health Science Centers nationwide meaning that our campus has four other health sciences schools and a major academic health center with several hospitals and clinics that offer tremendous opportunities for hands-on interprofessional patient care. Moreover, we have satellite campuses at INOVA ( and the University of Virginia ( extending our reach and providing additional perspectives on healthcare delivery. We partner with a multitude of community organizations that welcome student pharmacists who are interested in areas such as geriatrics, cardiology, mental health, ambulatory care, and underserved communities. Most importantly, we believe our students represent the future of healthcare and we do all we can to help each student shape their path. Take the time to get to know us and see what we have to offer.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

VCU School of Pharmacy utilizes a holistic review process.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I 3 4.5
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I Lab 1 1.5
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II 3 4.5
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II Lab 1 1.5
Anatomy Human Anatomy Lecture 3 4.5
Physiology Human Physiology 3 4.5
Microbiology Microbiology Lecture 3 4.5
Biochemistry Biochemistry Lecture 3 4.5
Chemistry General Chemistry I Lecture 3 4.5
Chemistry General Chemistry I Lab 1 1.5
Chemistry General Chemistry II Lecture 3 4.5
Chemistry General Chemistry II Lab 1 1.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 1.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 1.5
Physics Physics Lecture 3 4.5
Physics Physics Lab 1 1.5
Math Calculus 3 4.5
Statistics Statistics 3 4.5
English Composition / Writing English 6 9
All prerequisites must be completed before the first day of Pharm.D. classes.
Due to the importance of a strong biomedical science foundation in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, some or all of the courses listed below are highly recommended: Genetics (3SH), Molecular Biology (3SH), Immunology (3SH) and Cell Biology (3SH). Note: AP and/or IB courses will not be accepted for science prerequisites other than Physics, although higher level courses in the same subject area may be substituted (e.g., Physical Chemistry for General Chemistry). AP/IB credit in Physics, Calculus, Statistics, English and General Elective courses will be accepted with a minimum score of 3 (AP) or 4 (IB).

Supplemental Materials

A supplemental application is required only for invited Interview candidates. The application will be provided following the scheduling of an interview.

PCAT and Other Tests

Completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is NOT required for the 2020-2021 cycle. The PCAT remains optional and students are encouraged to take the exam and submit scores to PharmCAS under the following conditions:

-Overall GPA below a 3.0
-Grades in prerequisite science courses are C or below
-Prerequisites taken 5+ years ago
-Less than 50 credit hours taken at time of application
-Downward trend in academic history

If you are still unsure of what to do - don't worry, we are here to help. Send us an email at and we will provide tailored guidance.

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
Recommended but not required
No answer



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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
TOEFL recommended, to be submitted to PharmCAS for applicants who have a language other than English as their first language and who have resided in the U.S.A. for less than ten years or who show a deficiency in English. Minimum score of 100 required.


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted by phone to arrange an on-site interview appointment. Interviews are conducted from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on specific Saturdays during the interview period.

Accepted Applicants

Deposits are non-refundable.
  • August 16, 2021
Orientation will take place August 10-13, 2021 [Subject to change]

Background Checks and Drug Screenings