Butler University
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Emily Robison  
      • Transfer Admission Counselor  
      • Office of Admission  
      • 4600 Sunset Avenue  
      • Indianapolis 
      • Indiana 
      • 46208  
      • Phone (Work): 888-940-8100  
      • Email: erobison@butler.edu 

    • Website:

      • Butler University

      • Patient Counseling

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  January 4, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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.S.
      • 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 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Butler University is a private, comprehensive university with 4250 full-time students enrolled in six colleges: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Business, Arts, Communications, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Programs).


    Pharmacy education at Butler University is built upon a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation stemming from an education program rich in tradition. Butler’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been educating pharmacists since 1904. Butler offers the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) program that qualifies the graduate for licensure as a pharmacist following successful completion of the national licensure examination, NAPLEX. The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum prepares students for the practice of pharmacy in all professional environments including community, hospital, industry and government.  We also offer programs with special emphasis in research to prepare students with an interest in graduate school in pharmaceutical sciences and a program with emphasis in medical Spanish for students interested in serving the Latino community.  We have two additional programs that combine the Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences or Master of Business Administration (in collaboration with the College of Business).  We also offer tracks in Medical Spanish, pharmaceutical research and Patient Care Research.


    Our mission is to provide effective educational experiences in the health sciences. By so doing, 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:


    • Ranking #6 among 104 colleges of pharmacy and #1 among private colleges of pharmacy in 5-year aggregate, first-time pass rates on the NAPLEX exam.  Our first-attempt pass rate is 98.58% (2011 data).(2012, 2013, 2014 data not available from NABP).  100% first-time pass rates on NAPLEX exam 5 of last 7 years (thru 2014).  
    • 100% job placement for our pharmacy graduates seeking positions
    • Our new building and completely renovated facilities with technologically updated classrooms and laboratories (opened in 2009)


    Because of our size and location, our students have access to excellent and highly diverse clinical experience opportunities. The program implemented its Mobile Computing Initiative in the Fall of 2005., which provides tablet pc computers with wireless network access and on-campus support to all students when they enter the first professional year (3rd year) of the program. Starting in fall, 2013, the program continues but students provide their own computer system.  Suggestions for compatible systems are posted annually.


    During the fourth professional year or the sixth year of the program, students assist in providing patient care while on 10 one-month rotations in community and hospital pharmacies and clinics. Students participate as part of medical teams during these clinical experiences. There are numerous choices for the type and location of rotations at excellent sites in Indiana and throughout the nation.


    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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: ~155
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: ~135
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 130
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: ~95
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: ~25
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: ??
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: ~42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: ~160
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: ~30-40
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 55%
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-21
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68
    • 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: NA
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 68  NA 
      FYS 101 First Year Seminar University core curriculum course (reading, writing, speaking/discussion)   
      FYS 102 First Year Seminar University core curriculum (reading, writing, speaking/discussion)   
      Health Sciences Seminar Not required of transfer students.   
      PX325 Ethical Issues in Healthcare (may be taken in P-1 year after entrance into program)    
      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 Intro to Cell Biology (w/o lab)    
      MA106 Calculus & Analytical Geometry    
      Core Curric: Texts and Ideas    
      BI325 Princ. Of Pathogenic Microbiology with lab   
      Core Curric: Perspectives in the Creative Arts    
      Core Curric: The Social World    
      GHS201-209 Global & Historical Studies 1   
      GHS201-209 Global & Historical Studies 2   
      Elective (non-math, non-science course)  2-3   
      PWB Physical Well Being   
      PX200 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice (may be taken in P-1 year after entrance into program)   

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2013
      • Details: 
        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in summer or fall.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        TOEFL Scores must be 79 internet based or 550 paper

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: 01/01/2016 Postmarked by deadline

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • 12/2015; 2/2016 
    • Details: 

      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 25-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 financial aid discussion, a panel discussion with enrolled students and an optional campus tour.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? From January through March, 2016
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Approximately 2 weeks after the date of the acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $300.00
      • Due: With Acceptance to hold space
      • Refundable? Yes
      • Details: Refundable through April 30th, 2016
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Late August 
      • Details: New transfer student orientation is the day before classes start. August 23, 2016. Classes start August 24, 2016.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 24, 2016 University Calendar for 2016-17: http://legacy.butler.edu/registrar/calendars/2016-2017/
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes