The Xavier University College of Pharmacy holds a place of distinction among the nation's colleges of pharmacy. The College is dedicated to bringing minority youth into the learned profession of pharmacy. For years, Xavier has been among the top three producers in the nation of African Americans with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Even with that commitment to minority education, the College remains open to all races.
The mission of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists to impact the medically underserved communities, particularly African Americans, in an effort to eliminate health disparities through patient-centered care, community service, and scholarly work.
To achieve this mission, the curriculum provides:
1. Instruction in the physical, chemical, biological, behavioral sciences, and management.
2. A clinical component designed to develop graduates skilled in:
• Monitoring and evaluating drug therapy,
• Providing drug distribution,
• Providing drug information to other members of the health care team and to the public, and
• Effectively relating to patients and to other health care professionals;
3. Motivation to increase competency after graduation through continuing education; and,
4. An opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific research as preparation for further study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.
Students benefit from expert guest lecturers and receive experiential training from preceptors in an array of practice sites in the Greater New Orleans area, the state of Louisiana, and across the country.
To be eligible for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a student must have pursued college level work for six years (four of these in the College of Pharmacy) and have completed a minimum of 209 semester hours of work. The student must have a 2.00 grade point average for courses attempted in the four-year professional curriculum.
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*Any economics course accepted for transfer must be equivalent to Xavier University’s ECON 1030 (Introduction to Economics) or ECON 2010 (Principles of Microeconomics).
**General ethics courses will not be considered in fulfillment of the health ethics requirement at Xavier University of Louisiana. Transfer credit for PHIL 2400 Health Ethics must be a comparable course in either bioethics, medical ethics or health ethics. The required health ethics course must be offered through a philosophy department.
***The required Theology course must have been offered through a Theology or Religion department. Courses offered through other departments such as History, English, Philosophy, or Humanities will not be accepted. However, the College of Pharmacy will accept a Theology course from another institution if it is equivalent to a Theology course taught at Xavier University. The course will have to be approved by Xavier’s Theology Department before it is accepted.
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses for non-science majors will not be accepted by the College of Pharmacy.
The College of Pharmacy will accept on-line courses for any of the non-science courses EXCEPT the Fundamentals of Public Speaking course. All math and science courses must be taken in a class room setting.
The College of Pharmacy will not accept any independent study courses.
The College of Pharmacy will not accept courses taught in a compressed format or courses that are taught during an intersession i.e. between semesters.
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
The PCAT is required to apply to the College of Pharmacy. The scores from the written component of the exam will be used during the selection process to assess written communication skills. The overall PCAT results are used to assess placement after admission.
PCAT registration and test date information can be found on the web at: http://tpc-etesting.com/pcat/ . The College of Pharmacy has a two-year limit on PCAT scores. Therefore, any score obtained from a test that was taken before January 2011 will not be accepted.
Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation.
Recommendation Forms – The College of Pharmacy requires each applicant to submit three recommendation forms. The applicant should select three faculty members or two faculty members and an employer to complete the forms. All recommendations are due no later than November 16, 2012.
The faculty recommendations must come from physical/life science or math instructors who have taught the applicant at the college level. The employer recommendation must come from someone who has served as an immediate supervisor to the applicant.
Please note the following regarding the recommendation forms:
• Faculty members and employers must use the approved form. The College of Pharmacy will not accept letters of recommendation in place of the approved form.
• The College of Pharmacy will not accept faxed recommendation forms from the recommender or the applicant.
• The College of Pharmacy will not accept hand-delivered or mailed forms from the applicant.
• The College of Pharmacy will not accept recommendations from relatives.
Students who satisfy the following minimum requirements will be considered for an interview:
• Completion of the on-line application by the stated deadline
• Submission of the required documents by the stated deadline
• Pre-pharmacy grade point average of 2.75
• Math-Science grade point average of 2.75
Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee the applicant an interview with the College of Pharmacy. All interviews will occur during the Fall and Spring semesters.
If the applicant is granted an interview the College of Pharmacy will contact the applicant by telephone to schedule an appointment. Under no circumstances will an interview be conducted by telephone.