Southwestern Oklahoma State University
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Lyanna Schultz 
      • Admissions Counselor 
      • CPP 302 
      • 100 Campus Drive 
      • Weatherford 
      • Oklahoma 
      • 73096 
      • Phone (Work): 580-774-3127 
      • Phone (Fax): 580-774-7020 
      • Email: lyanna.schultz@swosu.edu 

      • Dr. David Ralph 
      • Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy 
      • CPP 303A 
      • 100 Campus Drive 
      • Weatherford 
      • Oklahoma 
      • 73096 
      • Phone (Work): 580-774-3191 
      • Phone (Fax): 580-774-7020 
      • Email: david.ralph@swosu.edu 

      • Dr. Dennis Thompson 
      • Dean, College of Pharmacy 
      • CPP 301C 
      • 100 Campus Drive 
      • Weatherford 
      • Oklahoma 
      • 73096 
      • Phone (Work): 580-774-3764 
      • Phone (Fax): 580-774-7020 
      • Email: dennis.thompson@swosu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)?: We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service?: We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The College of Pharmacy (COP) at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the accrediting agency for College of Pharmacy in the United States, and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The COP offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, which is a 2 + 4 program. Students must complete 2 years of pre-professional study, which includes general education courses as well as prescriptive courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. This is followed by 4 years in the COP at SWOSU in the professional Pharm.D. program, which includes didactic and experiential courses in the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice as well as a final year of full-time structured advanced pharmacy practice experiences at off-campus pharmacy practice sites. Admission to the Pharm.D. program is competitive. Objective data, particularly performance in required math & science courses, overall GPA, PCAT scores, and ACT or SAT scores are significant. Students are admitted to the professional Pharm.D. program in the Fall and Spring. Approximately eighty-five students are admitted to the professional Pharm.D. program each year. Preference is given to qualified applicants who are residents of Oklahoma. In addition, consideration is also given to other qualified citizens or permanent residents of the United States who complete their pre-pharmacy program at SWOSU. The primary mission of SWOSU and the COP is teaching. Faculty in the COP provide instruction in all the courses in the professional Pharm.D. program. Most didactic classes have approximately 60 students, while laboratory classes taught within the COP usually have less than 20 students. Graduates of the COP at SWOSU continue to perform above average on the NAPLEX, the national licensing examination for pharmacy. The COP at SWOSU has more than 5000 alumni. Many are leaders in their community, while numerous alumni have attained state, regional, national and international recognition.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 100
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 50
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 50
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 5-10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 170
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 75-80
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 5-10
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 03
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 67
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 37
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Fall 2013 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 67   
      English Composition   
      American Government   
      U.S. History   
      Computer Literacy   
      Calculus   
      General Biology w/lab   
      Microbiology w/lab   
      Human Anatomy w/lab   
      General Chemistry w/lab  8-10   
      Organic Chemistry w/lab   
      Physics   
      General Psychology   
      Introduction to Macroeconomics   
      World History or World Cultural Geography   
      Public Speaking   
      Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, Literature, Philosophy   

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 3 years
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: ACT SAT

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: States that border Oklahoma.

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
      • Are LORs required? No
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October and November 
      • March and April 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? All Acceptance letters are mailed after the completion of all interviews and the Admissions Committee has made the class selection.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to an acceptance offer is general due in written letter form, 10 to 14 days after date of Acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Before acceptance deadline
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit will be applied to tuition costs if applicant attends SWOSU.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August and January 
      • Details: New Pharmacy Student Orientation sessions are mandatory and are held all day the day before the 1st day of classwork begins.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No