Idaho State University - Pocatello and Meridian, ID

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Dr. Cynthia Tillotson
Director of Admissions & Student Affairs

LH 114

921 South 5th Avenue
Mail Stop 8288
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-8288

Phone (Work): 208-282-4597


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? March 2, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
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 (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 90
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
Structure of your PharmD program: 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available:
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No

Program Description (back to top)

As Idaho’s College of Pharmacy we serve all citizens of the state and are a national leader in telepharmacy services.  The primary degree offered by the College is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) that prepares students to become pharmacists.  In addition, the college offers a Masters and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The Pharm.D. degree is delivered synchronously in Pocatello and Meridian, Idaho and Anchorage, Alaska.    

We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education through 2025.

The ISU College of Pharmacy trains caring and collaborative pharmacists and scholars while valuing integrity, access, inclusiveness, collaboration, intellectual curiosity, and accountability.  Our student outreach programs win national and regional awards and our NAPLEX pass rate remains highly competitive.

See why Idaho State University College of Pharmacy should be your first choice for pharmacy education!  

Discover more about the College of Pharmacy and admission into our PharmD program at:">

Student Pharmacist Dispensing Pediatric Care

Student Pharmacist Administering Immunizations

Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 90
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year: 0

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 47
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72  108 
Biology I  General Biology I with lab   
Chemistry  General Chemistry I & II with labs   
Statistics  Intro to Statistics   
Math  Brief Calculus   
Chemistry  Organic Chemistry I & II with labs   
Biochemistry  Biochemistry   
Physics I  General Physics I no lab required or Biophysics   
Microbiology  General Microbiology with lab   
Other  Economics (Macro or Micro)   
Biology / Biological Sci  Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs OR Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab   
Other  ISU General Education and Elective Courses   25   

Additional Information

In addition to the prepharmacy prerequisites, Idaho State Univeristy requires students who do not possess an Associate's or Bachelor's degree from an accredited US institution to complete a set of General Education Objectives.  We strongly encourage completion of an Associate of Arts or Science priort to matriculation.  Transferring without a previous degree may result in the need to complete deficient ISU General Education requirements during PharmD studies.  ISU General Education requirements are:

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Not Required or Considered

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:




International applicants will be required to meet the admission requirements of Idaho State University for English proficiency.  The details are available:


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: Yes

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
  • US Citizens
  • US Permanent Residents
  • Canadian Citizens
  • Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., DACA students)
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school

If you have international coursework to be considered with your application, submit an official course-by-course evaluation report from an institution that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services Incorporated (NACSI). ISU recommends either:

Educational Credential Evaluators
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
Box 5087
New York, YN 10274-5087


Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Three (3)
Institution Specific Details:

Three letters of reference are required.  It is preferred that one of the three be from a U.S. licensed pharmacist.  All three letters must be from individuals who have supervised the applicant in a work or academic setting.

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Not accepted

  • Co-Worker: Not accepted

  • Employer: Recommended but not required

  • Faculty Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Recommended but not required

  • Pharmacist: Recommended but not required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Math): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Science): Recommended but not required

  • Supervisor: Recommended but not required

  • Teaching Assistant: Recommended but not required

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

If invited to interview, candidates are strongly encouraged to interview at ISU's Pocatello, Meridian or Anchorage campus.  Applicants residing more than 500 miles from our campuses may request a remote interview.  

Information can be found at:

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $200
Refundable? No
Details: .
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 05/13/2019