Notre Dame of Maryland University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Lawrence Shattuck
Director of Admissions

School of Pharmacy, Office of Admissions

4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2464

Phone (Work): 410-532-5551

Phone (Fax): 410-532-5355


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: May 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: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    October 13, 2018


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)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The mission of the School of Pharmacy is to educate student pharmacists to be competent, ethical and caring pharmacists who will provide quality care to diverse patient populations in an ever changing society. Our dynamic and challenging curriculum fosters the development of leadership and life-long learning skills through excellence in teaching and learning, service, and scholarship. We strive for excellence in all our endeavors and work together as a team that embraces professionalism, integrity, mutual respect, open communication and creativity. The School offers an innovative 4-year professional curriculum that is designed to foster the development of the student pharmacist as a critical thinker, and an ethical, competent, and caring professional.


The School faculty embraces a student centered philosophy to teaching and learning that engages the student in the learning process. Emphasis is placed on a patient-centered approach to the provision of pharmacist care, practice skill development, teamwork, and communication skills. In addition, there is an emphasis on areas that have been identified by the Institute of Medicine as important components of education of all health care professionals. These areas include, but are not limited to, public health, cultural competence, and professionalism. With an aging population that includes a high percentage of women, coursework that focuses on women's health issues across the lifespan is included. Pharmacy practice and health care experiences are interwoven throughout the first three didactic years to provide students with opportunities for application of information learned in the classroom. Please visit our website for specific information regarding our admission requirements and procedures:

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: 140
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 55
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: n/a
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: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
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? No
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: 3.10
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-40 year old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

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: 39
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 105
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72  105 
Speech / Public Speaking  
Anatomy & Physiology with lab (for science majors)   12 
Physics (for science majors)  
Psychology, Social Science or Political Science  
General Education (can be divided among fine arts, religious studies, business, foreign language, humanities. Science, math, physical education, and health care courses will NOT satisfy this requirement)  
Ethics (medical ethics is preferred)  
Statistics (biostatistics preferred)  
General Chemistry I & II with lab (for science majors)  12 
Organic Chemistry I & II with lab (for science majors)  12 
Biology I & II with lab (for science majors)   12 
Microbiology with lab (for science majors)  

Additional Information

Course Prerequisites (continued)72 credits of non-remedial, pre-requisite course work must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. The student must earn at a grade of C (not C minus) or better in each pre-requisite course. In order for the application to be evaluated, students must complete at least one semester of organic chemistry in the fall semester prior to the year of matriculation. All pre-requisite course work must be completed by the end of summer session I prior to matriculation. International applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of non-remedial pre-requisite coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking. These additional requirements are waived for applicants who complete their pre-requisite coursework at a post-secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.


Note 1: Students taking science courses at community colleges should review our prerequisite equivalents course listing at select Maryland community colleges and four-year institutions and check with the School of Pharmacy office of admissions to determine if the course in question will meet the prerequisite requirement.


Note 2: The Admissions Committee will pay special attention to pre-pharmacy math and science coursework that were taken more than five years ago. Science and math coursework that were taken within five years are preferred.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: 05/01/2019Received by deadline
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

For more information visit

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: August 2016

July, September, January

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? 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? No
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: May 1, 2019 Received by deadline

Applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services: Education Credential Evaluators (ECE): 414-289-3400,; World Education Service (WES): 212-966-6311,; Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.: 305-273-1616, Original foreign transcripts sent to PharmCAS by the March 1, 2016 deadline. Please go to additional information.

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

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Science)


  • Pharmacist


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

  • * If you have selected CR or N/CR for any of the above evaluator types, please post the criteria you use: A minimum of three (3) letters of reference should be completed on the Letters of Reference form included in your PharmCAS application and submitted to PharmCAS by the institutional deadline of March 1, 2018

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • 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 one interviewer
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • November through May

Required for invited applicants only. Usually 1 or 2 faculty members and 1 student.? Interview day includes presentation on curriculum and financial aid.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? December - May (rolling) For more information visit
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter unless otherwise noted. For more information visit
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $750.00
Due: 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter unless otherwise noted.
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 13, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No