Butler University

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Emily Robison
Transfer Admission Counselor

Office of Admission

4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Phone (Work): 888-940-8100


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? 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
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
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:
  • Not applicable

Program Description (back to top)

Butler University is a private, comprehensive university with over 5000 full-time students enrolled in six colleges: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Business, Arts, Communications, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Pharmacy education at Butler University is built upon a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation and has been creating highly qualified pharmacy practitioners since 1904. The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum prepares students for the practice of pharmacy in all professional environments including community, hospital, industry, and government with an eye to emerging areas of practice such as medication therapy management, managed care and interdisciplinary practice.  Students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program may also enroll in tracks emphasizing study in Medical Spanish, Pharmaceutical Sciences research, or Patient Care research. In addition, Butler offers a dual-degree program that combines the Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a Master of Business Administration (in collaboration with the Lacy School of Business). 

Our mission is to provide effective educational experiences in the health sciences. By fulfilling our mission, the College facilitates the development of life-long learners with a liberal arts foundation who are able to serve society as dedicated, competent health professionals and community leaders. We take pride in: 

  • A top 10 NAPLEX pass rate that is over 5% above the national average. 98.38% Butler compared to 93.04 nationally (2012-2016)
  • 95% job placement for our pharmacy graduates seeking positions

Our 295-acre campus location just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, provides our students access to excellent and highly diverse clinical experience opportunities. During the fourth professional year, students assist in providing patient care during 10 one-month experiential rotations in community and hospital pharmacies, clinics, and a variety of alternative career sites. Students participate as part of medical teams during these clinical experiences. Butler is able to provide our students with numerous choices for the type and location of rotations at excellent sites in Indiana and throughout the nation for both introductory and advanced practice experiences.  

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The professional pharmacy degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education.

As recommended by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Butler University requires interviews for admission to the Pharmacy Program and the completion of a standardized writing exercise. The interview day also provides an opportunity for students new to Butler to see the college and campus facilities, and speak with current students in the professional program. 

The website for Butler University: http://www.butler.edu/" target="_blank">www.butler.edu

The website for the Pharmacy Program:   https://www.butler.edu/cophs/pharmacy" target="_blank">https://www.butler.edu/cophs/pharmacy

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Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: ~175
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: ~140
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 130
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: ~90
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
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: 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: ~40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3-3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-35
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 38
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: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
CH105 General Chemistry 1 with lab   
CH106 General Chemistry 2 with lab   
CH351 Organic Chemistry 1 with lab   
CH352 Organic Chemistry 2 with lab   
PX326 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (w/o lab)    
PX327 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (w/o lab)    
BI105 Introduction to Cell Biology (w/o lab)    
MA106 Calculus & Analytical Geometry    
BI325 Principles of Pathogenic Microbiology with lab   

Additional Information

Students who have a previous Bachelors degree do not need to complete the Butler University Core curriculum. Students who do NOT have a degree need to complete the Butler University core curriculum, which may include up to 25 credit hours of coursework. Information on core can be found at: https://www.butler.edu/core.

Applicants who do not have a healthcare or bioethics course will need to take Healthcare Ethics in their first professional year (3 credit hours).


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?



TOEFL Scores must be 79 internet based or 550 paper.

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? 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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 12/31/2018 Postmarked by deadline

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:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • 10/2018, 11/2018, 2/2019
  • 11/2018
  • 2/2019

As recommended by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Butler University requires interviews for admission to the Pharmacy Program. The admissions criteria extend beyond academic minimums and include a measurement of these important attributes: verbal communication skills, written communication skills, understanding of the profession, commitment to patient care and professionalism. The 30-minute interview is conducted by 2 faculty interviewers per candidate using standardized questions. The interviewers are blinded to the candidate’s credentials. Other activities planned around the interview are a panel discussion with enrolled students, completion of a 30-minute writing exercise and an optional campus tour.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early Decision letters October 2018 Early assurance letters February 2019 Regular decision letters March 2019
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Approximately 2 weeks after the date of the offer of admission.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 500.00
Due: With acceptance to hold seat
Refundable? Yes
Details: Refundable through May 1, 2019
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 26-27, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 28, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes