Idaho State University
College of Pharmacy

The ISU College of Pharmacy does not accept applications through PharmCAS. Please apply directly through our website at:

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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) 282-3475 
      • Phone (Fax): (208) 282-4482 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

      • Leonard Hall- Pocatello, ID

      • L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex - Meridian, ID

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  03/01/2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/M.S.
      • PharmD/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: TBA 
      • Details: Pre-pharmacy advising can be done year round by individual appointment 
    • 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:
      • We have locations in Pocatello, ID and Meridian, ID and Anchorage, Alaska. Pocatello is our main site and Meridian and Anchorage are satelite campuses. 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Idaho State University can be completed at our Pocatello Idaho, Meridian Idaho or Anchorage Alaska locations. Students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Idaho (Boise, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene) or at our site in Reno, Nevada or Anchorage, Alaska.

    The ISU College of Pharmacy offers a professional doctorate that focuses on improving clinical outcomes and improving the quality of patient life. Specifically, we educate pharmacists to:

    • Provide patients quality pharmaceutical care;
    • Be a valuable member of a health-care team;
    • Promote public health; and
    • Meet the health-care challenges of the future.

    ISU's Pharm.D. graduates are sought after for various career opportunities. New graduates reported employment in the following areas (in order of majority of positions accepted): community pharmacy practice, clinics and hospital practice, long-term care and home health care. Full-time salaries associated with these positions for new graduates range from $105,000 to $120,000 annually.


    Potential applicants must complete all prepharmacy requirements, except for biochemistry, by the end of the spring term of the year you apply. Biochemistry may be completed the summer prior to your admission. The prepharmacy requirements may be completed at any accredited two-or four-year college. These courses provide the foundation necessary for successful completion of the Pharm.D. program. In addition to ISU’s general education requirements and elective credits, you will need to have completed the following prepharmacy requirements:

    • General Biology
    • General Chemistry
    • Statistics or Intro to Statistics
    • Brief Calculus or Calculus I
    • General Physics I
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • General Microbiology
    • Economics
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • English Composition
    • Public Speaking
    • Humanities, Fine Arts & Foreign Language
    • Behavioral & Social Science
    • Critical Thinking or Information Literacy
    • Cultural Diversity

    Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 college/university semester credits before beginning the Pharm.D. program at ISU.

    For more detailed prepharmacy requirements, look here: .  Actual pharmacy experience is strongly recommended prior to applying for admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.


    Application Process

    The admissions application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ISU College of Pharmacy has two different admission application options – Early Assurance and Traditional.  Please review the two options and determine the application option that is right for you.  Either option leads to admission into the same Doctor of Pharmacy program which will challenge you and help you to develop into a crucial member of a profession with abundant opportunities.

    The Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee is charged with selecting candidates who best demonstrate the academic achievement, emotional maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for success in the College of Pharmacy. Students admitted must possess the mental, emotional, and physical abilities to complete the curriculum and ultimately perform the functions of a generalist pharmacy graduate. These professional technical standards are essential to ensure that students are capable of achieving the basic competencies in pharmacy practice adopted by the College.

    Early Assurance Admissions

    This application option is for students who know early in their academic career that a PharmD is your goal and ISU College of Pharmacy is where you want to be.  You must meet one of the following criteria:

    1. Have completed at least the first year of prepharmacy requirements with a gpa of at least 3.0 and meet specific criteria outlined here  -">Early Assurance Criteria
    2. Have completed all prepharmacy requirements, will have completed at least an Associates of Arts/Sciences degree and can meet all of the PharmD application requirements by the September 5 application deadline

    Traditional Admissions

    This application option is for students who are completing the">prepharmacy and general education requirements by the end of the spring semester in which they are going through the PharmD admission process.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. The Traditional Admissions application deadline is February 1.

    The">application must be submitted online to the College of Pharmacy no later than February 1. Hard copies of the following are also due February 1:

    • Official college transcripts
    • A $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • Three completed recommendation forms  (one from a pharmacist)
    • Personal Statement
    • PCAT Scores (Due February 1 for all applicants)

    For more information, please visit our">PharmD admissions web page.

    If you are accepted into the PharmD program, we will ask you to also apply to Idaho State University's undergraduate program. Once the entering class is finalized, students are transferred to the professional program and permitted to register for classes.

    There are two components of the admissions process: the completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy application and the subsequent required interview for selected applicants. To qualify for consideration, application materials must arrive to the College of Pharmacy by 5:00pm MST on September 5, 2017 for Early Assurance admissions and February 1, 2018 for Traditional application:  Online application submitted electronically, hard copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and PCAT scores delivered to the college, and the $55 application fee paid.


    Application Timeline:

    August 1 – Application opens for Early Assurance and Traditional Admission

    September 5 – Application Deadline for Early Assurance

    October – Early Assurance Admission Interviews

    November – Notification of Admission of Early Assurance Applicants

    February 1 – Application Deadline for Traditional Admissions

    March (early) – Interviews for Traditional Admissions

    March (late) – Notification of Admission for Traditional Admission Applicants

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 150
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 60
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 30
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum Score Preference
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.50
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-45 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 1.8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 44
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72  108 
      For a complete list of the program prerequisites, please visit our website:  47  71 
      General Chemistry I & II with labs   
      Intro to Statistics   
      Brief Calculus   
      Organic Chemistry I & II with labs   
      General Physics I no lab required or Biophysics   
      General Microbiology with lab   
      Economics (Macro or Micro)   
      Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs OR Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab OR Human Anatomy with Lab and Cell Biology with Lab OR Human Anatomy with Lab and Genetics   
    • Additional Information: 

      In addition to the prepharmacy prerequisites, Idaho State Univeristy requires students that do not possess an Associate's or Bachelor's degree from an accredited US institution to complete a set of General Education Objectives.


    • 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: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        TOEFL or IELTS

        Applicants must have a minimum English proficiency score on one of the tests shown below. Idaho State University's TOEFL code is 4355.


        • iBT: 61
        • Paper: 500
        • Comp: 173



         English 18 or above


        Critical Reading 450 or above


           68 or above





        • Students coming from countries where English is the official medium of instruction may be exempt from this requirement. Please have your school provide documentation confirming English medium of instruction.
        • Students transferring 26 or more credits from another college or university in the United States are exempt from this requirement.


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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Preference is given to Alaskan residents for admission into the ISU Doctor of Pharmacy on the Anchorage based campus.

  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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 02/01/2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      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

      All international coursework evaluations must be received by the College of Pharmacy no later than February 1.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? directly to the school
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      The required Letters of Recommendation can be found at 

      A recommendation letter from a U.S. licensed pharmacist is required and two letters from individuals who have supervised the applicant in a work or academic setting

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Supervisor
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • Late October and late February to mid-March 
    • Details: 

      If invited to interview, it is mandatory to attend in person at ISU's Pocatello or Meridian or Anchorage campus. We do not allow phone or video chat interviews.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Students will be notified of their interview status by early October for Early Decision applicants and February/March for traditional applicants. Students completing the in-person interview will be notified of their final status in November for Early Decision applicants and late March for traditional applicants.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? December and May
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500/$1500
      • Due: 05/01/2018
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Idaho residents pay a $500 seat hold fee. Non-Idaho residents pay a $1500 seat hold fee.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/15, 16, 17/2018 
      • Details: New Doctor of Pharmacy student orientation is conducted the week prior to the start of fall term.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/20/2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: