South Dakota State University

College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

Contact Information (back to top)

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


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only: 02/01/2018

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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


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:

Program Description (back to top)

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.  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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 120-140
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 80
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 20-40
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 1-80
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Yes
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 25-35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65-75%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.7
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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   
General Statistics   

Additional Information

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

We are not a participating PharmCAS institution


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



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?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Yes, required of all applicants

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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

School only accepts evaluations from WES.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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.  

LOR types that are REQUIRED:



Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October 1 to March 1

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


Amount: 600
Due: Upon acceptance
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes