Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Admission

Thank you for your interest in the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy! Below you’ll find important Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) program admission details, including admission requirements and dates.

Timeline for Fall 2017 Admission

  • July 15: PharmCAS application opens; applications accepted for the Pharm.D. program for the following fall
  • September 6: Deadline to apply for Early Decision
  • September–March: On-campus interviews for Pharm.D. applicants, by invitation only
  • March 1: Pharm.D. application closes in PharmCAS*
  • August 9–11: New student orientation
  • August 14: First day of classes

*It can take up to six weeks for PharmCAS to transmit your submitted application to designated pharmacy schools, so we strongly recommend that you submit before the March 1 deadline.

Application Checklist

Planning to apply for Fall 2017? Use this printable application checklist. (See our Application Process page for details on Early Decision, Interview Day, and more.)

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Visit Us!

Schedule a visit to help you decide if CUW’s Pharm.D. program is right for you. During your visit, you’ll meet with an admission counselor and tour our state-of-the-art pharmacy facilities.

Individual Visit

Pharm.D. Entrance Requirements

While Concordia University Wisconsin follows a holistic approach to the admission process where numerous aspects of the application are considered, to be guaranteed an interview invitation, candidates must have:

  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • A composite PCAT score of 35 or greater
  • A grade of C- or better in all pharmacy prerequisite coursework

Please also note:

A bachelor’s degree is not required to begin the Doctor of Pharmacy program; however, applicants must have completed the minimum undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework below before classes begin in August (requirements can be completed in two years).

Pre-Pharmacy Course Requirements

Successful applicants demonstrate a solid understanding of not only the fields of biology, chemistry, and math, but communications, economics, and liberal arts. Applicants should strive to demonstrate a dedication to these foundations of knowledge.

The pre-pharmacy requirements can be completed in two years and must be completed before starting the Pharm.D. program. These courses can be in progress while completing the application and admission process. All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school may be used to fulfill pre-pharmacy requirements. For students entering in Fall 2017 and beyond, the pre-pharmacy course requirements are listed below:

Course Requirements Credits
Science Core Courses  
Biology + labs 8
General Chemistry + labs 8
Organic Chemistry + labs 8
Physics I (with or without lab) 3-4
One or more advanced science elective course(s)* 4-5
Minimum 32 credits
Support Courses  
Calculus 3
Statistics 3
English Composition 3
Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking 3
Economics 3
General Education Electives 17
Minimum 32 credits
Total Pre-Pharmacy Credits 64 Credits

*Examples of an advanced science elective include: Physics II, Physiology, Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or other advanced science course.

General education electives

General education electives can come from a wide variety of non-math and non-science courses, including but not limited to: Literature, History, Philosophy, Theology, Fine Arts, Creative Arts, Foreign Language, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Communications, Political Science, Physical Education, etc.

Pre-pharmacy course equivalency guides

Concordia University Wisconsin works with students individually to create course equivalency guides for the school in which they’re fulfilling the pre-pharmacy course requirements. Contact us at pharmacy@cuw.edu for a course equivalency guide or for an individual transcript evaluation of pre-pharmacy coursework.

Interview Day

After a thorough review of your PharmCAS application, you’ll be invited to campus for an interview, if qualified. For more information on Interview Day, PCAT, and PharmCAS, please see the Pharm.D. Application Process.