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

Phone (Fax): (208) 282-4482


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

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/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



    Pre-pharmacy advising can be done year round by individual appointment

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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
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.

Program Description (back to top)

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 Series with Labs
* Statistics or Intro to Statistics
* Brief Calculus or Calculus I
* General Physics I
* Organic Chemistry Series with Labs
* Biochemistry
* General Microbiology
* Macro or Micro 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 Decision 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 Decision 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 -

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 4 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. For Traditional Admission applicants, ISU’s College of Pharmacy will use a “rolling admissions process” and applications are reviewed upon completion (all documents received and transcripts verified by PharmCAS)


Students must submit an application through PharmCAS ( a centralized pharmacy college application service for PharmD programs. The application deadline is September 4 for Early Decision and February 1 for Traditional Admission. For Traditional Admission applicants, ISU’s College of Pharmacy will use a “rolling admissions process” and applications are reviewed upon completion (all documents received and transcripts verified by PharmCAS) Interviews will be held in the fall and spring semesters and applicants will receive via email invitations to attend in-person interviews.


All Doctor of Pharmacy application materials must be received by PharmCAS by September 4 for Early Decision Admission and by February 1 for Traditional Admission.


Application materials include:

1. Completed PharmCAS application for Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; PharmCAS application fees begin at $175
2. Official transcripts of all previous college course work, including detailed evaluation of all international coursework – submitted to PharmCAS
3. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a pharmacist – Submitted to PharmCAS
4. Personal Statement – Submitted to PharmCAS

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.

Student Pharmacist Training to Deliver Immunizations

Student Pharmacist Dispensing Pediatric Care

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 95
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 95
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 65
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.30
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-45 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 1.4:1

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: 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 2019 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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?




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:

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
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: 02/01/2019 Received by deadline

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


Letters of Reference (back to top)

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? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

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


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? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

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

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.

The admission process and interview information can be found at:

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Students will be notified of their interview status by mid September for Early Decision applicants and from November through March for traditional applicants. Students completing the in-person interview will be notified of their final status in October for Early Decision applicants and late March for traditional applicants.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Early October for Early Decision candidates and then December and April for traditional applicants.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: Within 30 days of offer and admission
Refundable? No
Details: .
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 14, 15, 16, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/19/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No