South Dakota State University
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dan Hansen 
      • Assistant Dean for Student Services 
      • SAV 133 
      • SDSU College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions  
      • Box 2202C 
      • Brookings 
      • South Dakota 
      • 57007 
      • Phone (Work): 605-688-6197 
      • Phone (Fax): 605-688-6232 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  02/01/2017

  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/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • 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 South Dakota State University Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is nationally recognized for excellence in preparing students to provide high quality patient-centered care. The Pharm.D. program curriculum is designed to prepare pharmacy graduates for interprofessional collaborative practice. Medication therapy management, patient counseling on proper medication use, and drug therapy outcome monitoring are areas of focus throughout the program.  In addition, development of lifelong learning and leadership skills are emphasized.


    The College also offers a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program, which provides a valuable background of preparation for an academic or pharmaceutical industry career. South Dakota State University's Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program began in 2007 and has rapidly grown in prominence since that time.


    In the area of research, the College has great momentum. Research teams led by faculty are making progress on projects that can enhance the health and wellbeing of people around the world. The College’s growing research portfolio includes oncology, pharmacogentics, unique drug delivery systems, addiction to drugs and alcohol, cardiovascular health, dementia, ophthalmic medicine, and new models of pharmacy care.


    The "home" for the College as it conducts this important, problem-solving research and teaches pharmacy care of today and tomorrow is the recently constructed Avera Health and Science Center. This state-of-the art facility features 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,600 square-feet of research laboratory space.


    If you are interested in visiting, please contact us. We would be happy to show you around and tell you more about our programs.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 120-140
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 80
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 80
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 20-40
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 1-80
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 1-80
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 25-35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 65-75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.7
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 19-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 2:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66   
      General Chemistry with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry with Lab   
      General Biology with Lab   
      Microbiology with Lab   
      Human Anatomy with Lab   
      Human Physiology with Lab   
      English Composition   
    • Additional Information:

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

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

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        SDSU requires one standardized test, either the ACT, SAT, or PCAT.

      • 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: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1st Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from WES.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Students are asked to list two references on their application for admission, we do not ask for letters of reference.  You can certainly send them, but they will not be considered by the Admissions Committee.

    • LOR types that are 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 Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 1 to March 1 
    • Details: 

      Students are asked to complete a 30-minute interview as part of the admissions process. The candidate will be interviewed by two people and be asked a variety of questions.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed 2-3 weeks after the applicant's interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Typically within three weeks of acceptance.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 600
      • Due: Upon acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: P1 Orientation is held the first day of class in the fall.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation:
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case by case basis.