Drake University
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Renae Chesnut  
      • Associate Dean  
      • Drake University  
      • 2507 University Ave  
      • Cline 111  
      • Des Moines 
      • Iowa 
      • 50311  
      • Phone (Work): 515-271-3018  
      • Email: renae.chesnut@drake.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  December 2 2013

  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.B.A
      • PharmD/J.D.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.P.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: N/A 
    • 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)?: Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service?: No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Drake University is a comprehensive university located in Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa. The University, along with the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences rewards its students academically and personally. A principal feature of Drake's mission is commitment to a learning environment which enhances student success. With dedicated faculty and staff, as well as a broad range of student services, your educational experience at Drake will serve you well throughout your career.

    Drake offers the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Degree combinations along with the PharmD include the Masters in Business Administration (PharmD/MBA), Masters in Public Administration (PharmD/MPA) and Law (PharmD/JD). Students apply to the business, public administration, or law graduate program after receiving admission to the professional pharmacy program. Many students also pursue minors or second majors in a variety of fields as well as concentrations in diabetes care.

    Recognizing that professional program applicants come from a variety of institutions and educational and professional experiences, the pharmacy program faculty have put into place an admission process that will assure admitted students have the potential for academic and professional success. Since the philosophy of the pharmacy faculty is that students are individuals and not 'numbers', a process has been developed that allows the faculty the opportunity to consider other aspects of the application besides the academic profile. Thus, the application process for students applying to the professional program is composed of two phases designed to assess applicant academic and professional capabilities. The first phase consists of a review of each applicant’s academic information and includes grade point average and PCAT score evaluations. The second phase of the application process includes an interview and writing assessment.

    First Phase – Academic Profile Evaluation

       Grade Point Average

    The minimum grade point average for consideration into the professional program is a 3.00. However, admitted students will likely have achieved a higher grade point average. Students with foreign credentials and course work, other than study abroad, must submit official transcripts from each institution attended directly to Drake University's College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. An evaluation report will not substitute for official records.


    For students who are not enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program at Drake, the PCAT will be used for the purpose of standardization of various grading practices at other institutions. The PCAT is required for Drake students who are not enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program. It is required that students, at minimum, score at the 50th percentile to be considered for admission. However, admitted students will likely have higher test scores.

    For more information please visit www.drake.edu/cphs.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 190
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 135 - 145
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 110
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: varies each year
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: Depends on quality and quantity of applicant pool for each given year.
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 180 - 200
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: Varies each year
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile
    • 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 - 48
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 82
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 63  82 
      English Composition**  
      Inorganic Chemistry (must include lab)   12 
      * Prior to graduating PharmD program: History ( 6 semester hours, 8 quarter hours), Art or Multicultural ( 6 semester hours, 8 quarter hours) and other elective courses ( 3 semester hours, 4 quarter hours).   15  20 
      Organic Chemistry (must include lab)   12 
      Biology (must include lab)   12 
      Public Speaking**  
    • Additional Information: 

      * Not required before admission. ** Admitted students will need to contact the Pharmacy Office for approval if any of these courses were not completed by the Spring term. Currently enrolled Drake pre-pharmacy students - Application deadline: September 16th (Drake Pre-pharmacy students also need to request all official transcripts be sent directly to PharmCAS as well as complete a Supplemental Form).

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2009
      • Details: 

        The PCAT must be submitted to PharmCAS prior to the institutional deadline unless an applicant is taking the January 2014 PCAT. The January 2014 PCAT will be accepted, but all applications must still be submitted by December 2, 2013.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        US permanent residents, foreign citizens, and Canadian citizens are equally-considered with all applicants.

      • 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? 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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations:  12/02/2013 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      Applicants must send all official foreign transcripts directly to Drake University by December 2, 2013.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
      • Are LORs required? 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 Dates:
      • January - March 
    • Details: 

      Applicants may be invited for an interview providing their grade point average and PCAT scores meet the minimum requirements. However, depending on the strength of the pool, not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be invited to participate in the second phase of the application process. This process will assess the following interpersonal skills as determined by the faculty:

      • motivation
      • values/ethics
      • communication skills
      • self-learner abilities
      • desire for self-improvement
      • open-mindedness
      • professionalism

      Interview: In order to assess these interpersonal skills, the interview is an integral part of the admission process. All interviews must be done in person. The interview will last for 30 minutes, and the applicant will have an opportunity to ask questions as well. A 90 minute written assessment will also be conducted. Selected interview dates will be provided with interview invitation.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 02/15 - 04/15/2014; Applicants may be admitted after these dates. Wait list may be used.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants have thirty days from the offer of admission to respond unless otherwise noted in their admissions letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: N/A
      • Due: Thirty days from offer of admission, unless otherwise noted in an applicants admissions letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Friday before classes begin 
      • Details: Details will be communicated with admitted students
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No