Wilkes University

Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Karen Atiyeh
Assistant to the Dean for Student Affairs

School of Pharmacy

84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18766

Phone (Work): 570-408-4298

Phone (Fax): 570-408-7828


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: 01/15/2019

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: Private
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.B.A
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Spanish concentration; Independent Pharmacy Ownership Concentration; Public Health Concentration
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Friday, July 20,2018;Saturday, September 15, 2018;Saturday, November 10, 2018;Saturday, February 9, 2019;Saturday, March 23, 2019 VIP Day** (accepted students only);Saturday, April 13, 2019


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Pre-pharmacy Guaranteed Seat
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:
  • n/a

Program Description (back to top)

The Wilkes University School of Pharmacy provides a dynamic, challenging and comprehensive curriculum, focused on the future, that will serve as the foundation for life long learning and practice. Our graduates will be able to provide quality patient care in a wide range of health systems, in metropolitan and rural areas, and will be potential leaders in the profession. http://www.wilkes.edu/academics/colleges/nesbitt-college-of-pharmacy/


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 40
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 72
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 72
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 50
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 25
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? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 33%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.44
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-23
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: General Elective hours
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 37-41
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: n/a
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 General Elective hours  n/a 
Gen Chemistry with lab 8 crs Gen Biology with lab 8 crs Calculus 4 Crs Oral Com (3 Crs) Microeconomics (3 Crs) Organic Chemistry with lab 8 Crs OR Essentials of Organic Chemistry with lab (4 Crs) Gen Physics 4 Crs Statistics 3 Crs   41   
General Biology with lab   
Oral Communications   
Organic Chemistry with lab   
General Physics   

Additional Information


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

We are not a participating PharmCAS institution

Details: N/A
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: n/a

July/September/October/ November.  January test not accepted.

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? Not required

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? 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: January 15, 2019 Postmarked by deadline


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? directly to the school
Institution Specific Details:


LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

  • n/a

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • February

http://www.wilkes.edu/pharm.  Required on-site interview 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Approximately 3 weeks after interview and selection by the admissions committee applicants will receive a conditional acceptance contingent upon evaluation of spring academic criteria.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks after receipt of letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 300.00
Due: with contract
Refundable? No
Details: n/a
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 25, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No