Published Survey
Submission Number: 4142
Submission ID: 90
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Created: Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:04
Completed: Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:18
Changed: Tue, 07/13/2021 - 13:06

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Language: English

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Submitted to: Published Survey

Contact Information

VCU School of Pharmacy - Admissions
410 North 12th Street
P.O. Box 980581
Richmond
Virginia
23298
United States
Virginia
  • Name: Kelechi C. Ogbonna, PharmD, MSHA
    Title: Associate Dean, Admissions & Student Services
    Phone (Work): 804-828-3000
    Email: vcupharm@vcu.edu
Yes

Program Application Deadline

May 2, 2022
November 1, 2021
Yes

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • Inova - Fairfax, VA
  • University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
No
Public
Yes
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4
Not Required
Yes
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance
Yes

Last Entering Class

101
Yes

Dual and Concurrent Degrees

Yes
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
No
Yes

Program Description

According to U.S. News & World Report, VCU School of Pharmacy is one of the Top 20 Pharm.D. programs in the United States. Located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, we welcome students from all backgrounds and experiences. As one of 18 Health Science Centers in the United States, the school's location within the VCU Health System offers Pharm.D. students tremendous opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration. Our curriculum provides students an exceptional balance of practice and community engagement alongside basic and applied pharmaceutical research. We have the highest NAPLEX pass rate in the state of Virginia and second-highest NAPLEX pass rate when compared the Top 10 Schools of Pharmacy as reported by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to our Pharm.D. program, we offer several dual degree programs (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/admissions/dual-degree/) with the VCU School of Medicine, VCU School of Business, VCU Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs and VCU College of Health Professions.
Yes

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

N/A
N/A
VCU School of Pharmacy utilizes a holistic review process.
52
30
45
Yes

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.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
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).
Yes

Supplemental Materials

Yes
Yes
$30
A supplemental application is required only for invited Interview candidates. The application will be provided following the scheduling of an interview.
Yes

PCAT and Other Tests

Optional
Completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is NOT required for the 2021-2022 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 VCUPharm@vcu.edu and we will provide tailored guidance.
N/A
No
Yes

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Yes

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Yes
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
No Answer
No answer
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
Yes
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.
No
Yes

Interviews

Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Yes, but only if the campus is closed to visitors
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.
Yes

Accepted Applicants

Yes
No
Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Aug 15, 2022
Orientation will take place August 9-12, 2022 [Subject to change]
No
Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

Yes
No
Yes