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 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/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
      • None
    • 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.


    Pharmacists are called upon continuously to develop knowledge and skills to assume new roles that focus on medication management, and to optimize patient outcomes. Graduates of the Idaho State University, College of Pharmacy possess the knowledge and skills to succeed throughout their careers and hold true the values of professionalism, ethics, critical thinking, and life-long learning.


    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 $103,000 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


    Non-ISU students are not required to apply concurrently to both the College of Pharmacy and the University; however, if you are invited to interview, 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. 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)
    • One page application essay


    For more information, please visit our Pharm.D. admissions web page:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 150
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 60
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 30
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • 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 2016 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.50
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 19-45 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 2.5:1

  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 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72  108 
      Please see the list of prerequisites at the following link:  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: 02/01/2017 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 is 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 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 in February/March 2017. Students completing the in-person interview will be notified of their final status in April/May.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Early May
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500/$1500
      • Due: 05/01/2017
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Idaho residents pay a $500 seat hold fee. Non-Idaho residents pay a $1500 seat hold fee.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/17,18,19/2017 
      • 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: 08/22/2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: