North Dakota State University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Daniel Friesner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Faculty Development

Sudro Hall room 123

1401 Albrecht Blvd
Fargo, North Dakota 58102

Phone (Work): 701-231-7601

Phone (Fax): 701-231-7606


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: Students may choose from:

1) A 2-4 path w/ conditional early admission
2) A traditional 2-4 path
3) A traditional 3-4 path
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
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:

Program Description (back to top)

General Information:

North Dakota State University, a land-grant institution, was founded in 1890. Courses for a two-year program in pharmacy were initiated in 1902. Since then, courses and requirements have expanded to the present entry-level Pharm.D. program. The College also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences.


Our mission is to educate students, advance research, and excel in provision of interprofessional service within the health professions. We will accomplish this by: 

  • Fostering a culture that values competency, caring, ethics, inclusivity, and professionalism.
  • Delivering an effective curriculum that prepares students to work in diverse settings within interprofessional teams.
  • Collaborating with key partners and stakeholders to enhance teaching, research, practice, professional experience, and service opportunities.
  • Utilizing interprofessional approaches in teaching, research, clinical practice and service efforts.
  • Providing professional and interprofessional development opportunities for faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Securing financial, physical, and human resources to engage in effective teaching, research, practice, and service.
  • Improving the quality of research and scholarship.
  • Developing health care professionals to meet the health care needs of the state, region, nation, and world.


Patient-Focused Care:

Our College believes that the primary purpose of its respective disciplines is to deliver patient- and population -focused care to improve the overall health and quality of life of patients they serve.

Interdisciplinary Team Approach:

Our College recognizes and values an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, education, and research where each discipline works collaboratively to attain greater knowledge, expertise, and outcomes than what they are capable of accomplishing individually.


Our pre-professional curriculum requires the completion of 81 hours of coursework. Some students can complete this work in two years, while other students may take three years. In what follows, we will refer to a two year pre-pharmacy curriculum with the possibility of a three year track implied where necessary.

In the first two years of the curriculum (prepharmacy), emphasis is placed on chemical, biological, administrative, behavioral or social sciences, and humanities needed for the four-year professional pharmacy curriculum. The third, fourth and fifth years provide the students with the professional educational background necessary for the sixth year of clinical rotations. In addition to general adult medicine, students may pursue rotations in specialized areas of interest such as pediatrics, oncology, nutrition, infectious disease, pharmacokinetics, cardiology, family practice, ambulatory care, critical care, rural health, managed care, endocrinology, psychiatry and rehabilitation.

Admission Requirements:

The Preprofessional Doctor of Pharmacy (or Prepharmacy) program is open to all high school graduates and college transfer students who have not completed the requirements to enter the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. To enter the Prepharmacy program students must be admitted to NDSU as an undergraduate student and declare Prepharmacy as an intended major.  Transfer students must submit transcripts of all previous college or university work for equivalency evaluation. 

The Prepharmacy program is composed of approximately 81 semester credits.  A copy of the Prepharmacy curriculum may be obtained by checking the web site. Admission to the University does not grant admission to the professional program. All students must apply and be formally accepted by the Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Committee before they may begin the sequence of professional courses in the Pharm.D. 

The size of the entering class is limited by the resources of the College and the capacity of the clinical facilities. As North Dakota State University is a state supported institution, residents of North Dakota will be given first consideration. Acceptance to the professional program is based on previous academic performance, PCAT scores, interview scores, other standardized assessments conducted simultaneously with interviews, the applicant's residency, the number of spaces available in the program, among other factors. Differential tuition is assessed to students enrolled in the professional program.

Other Programs:

Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)

NDSU offers both MS degrees and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The master's program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours and thesis research. The doctor of philosophy degree is awarded in recognition of high scholarly achievement as evidenced by a period of successful study, the satisfactory completion of examinations and the development of an acceptable dissertation project covering some significant aspect of a major field of learning and research. Students with a bachelor of science degree in biology or chemistry must have an adequate background for graduate work in the College. After successful completion of either degree program students have had a high level of success gaining highly desirable employment in academia, industry and governmental agencies doing work in pharmaceutical sciences.


The dual program (Pharm.D./Ph.D.) is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding professional students in the Pharmacy Program at North Dakota State University obtain research experience and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  It is proposed that this can be accomplished with an additional 3 years of study and research placed between the second and the third years of the four-year professional program. 

Professional pharmacy students have the option of enrolling in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program post-graduation or as a joint degree program. Students must be admitted to both the Pharm.D. program as well as the M.P.H. program in order to pursue this option.


The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program.  It is designed to provide students with an effective set of analytical skills, a broad view of the way organizations work, and an understanding of the functional areas of business. Students must be admitted to both the Pharm.D. program as well as the M.B.A. program in order to pursue this option.


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 110 (estimate)
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 85
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 85
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? Yes
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: 3.0
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.67
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: N/A
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 1.2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 81
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:
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 81   
General Chemistry I * & II * w/labs   
Organic Chemistry I * & II and Ochem I lab  5-7   
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I and II  5-6   
Biology I * & II * w/labs *   
Human Anatomy & Physiology I * & II w/labs I * and II   
Microbiology * & lab *   
Calculus I *   
Physics I   
Statistics *   
Microeconomics *   
English Composition I & II *   
English Upper Division-Health Sciences   
Public Speaking *   
Intercultural Communication *   
Humanities & Fine Arts   
Wellness  2-3   
Critical Thinking   

Additional Information

All courses must be completed with at least a grade of "C."  Selected core courses, indicated by an asterisk (*) must be completed by the end of fall semester prior to the January 7 deadline date to apply to the pharmacy program.  Remaining courses, which are required and listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum, MUST be completed by the end of spring term.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Available on PharmCAS website.
Deadline: January 7, 2019Postmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $125.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Available on PharmCAS website. 

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2015

We will accept PCAT scores from the time period of July 2015 to November 2018.

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 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? 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): Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: January 7, 2019 Received by deadline

In addition, NDSU must receive an official evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (i.e. WES or ECE).  

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No

LOR types that are REQUIRED:



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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • March

An interview on campus is part of the evaluation process for students who receive final consideration for admission.   

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent within three weeks following the applicant interviews.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within three weeks after receiving the conditional acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: Within three weeks after receiving the conditional acceptance letter.
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 26, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 27, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No