Drake University

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jessica Lang
Director of Enrollment Services

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Phone (Work): 515-271-3018

Website:

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 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: 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.
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) Pharm.D./M.S.L.D. (Master of Science in Leadership Development)
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Details

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:
  • None

Program Description (back to top)

Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest.  As a midsized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, we offer the benefits of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships.  Drake's four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) prepares students for successful careers in community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, post-graduate education and many other opportunities for practicing pharmacists. 

 

Our PharmD program places a distinct emphasis on developing entrepreneurial leaders committed to advancing the pharmacy profession.  Through a curriculum rich with high impact teaching practices, students become capable communicators, problem solvers and decision makers with competence in professional, team-based, patient-centered care, health promotion, practice management, advocacy, self-learning and teaching.  Nationally recognized student organizations and professional fraternities provide avenues for professional development and leadership.

 

Drake Pharmacy graduates are able to choose from a wide range of curricular options and enjoy great latitude in directing their professional careers.  While many continue into community-based retail practice, clinic and specialty practices, hospitals, and long-term care practices, a significant number continue to post-graduate opportunities such as law school, residencies and fellowship training.  Whichever path they choose, Drake graduates are recognized for their commitment to advancing their practices, supporting their communities and advocating for their patients and profession. 

 

Students may be admitted to the two-year pre-pharmacy program and, after completing the established criteria, may be admitted to the four-year professional program.  Students who complete their prerequisite coursework at another regionally accredited institution or in a major other than pre-pharmacy at Drake can apply to our PharmD program by meeting the following requirements.  Please note that these are the requirements applicants must meet in order for their applications to be considered complete.  Meeting these requirements does NOT guarantee admission to the PharmD program. 

  • Submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application
  • Submit a Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application and $70 application fee
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and have scores submitted directly to PharmCAS.  Although there is no minimum score required, a composite score in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.  Drake will accept January and February PCAT scores for the fall 2019 admission cycle. 
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in PharmCAS)
  • Complete (or be in the process of completing) the prerequisite coursework outlined in the "Program Prerequisites" section on this page.  All required math and sciences courses must be completed by the end of the spring 2019 semester.  English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the summer 2019 term.

 

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in order to receive transfer credit and fulfill prerequisite courses.  Students who wish to fulfill prerequisites using Advanced Placement (AP) scores must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam.  Please see Drake University's AP Credit policy at www.drake.edu or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information. 

 

Drake University's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program operates on a rolling admission process.  We will interview and admit students until the P1 class is full and a sufficient number of applicants have been identified for the wait list.  We recommend submitting application materials early in order to ensure your application is processed and considered in a timely manner.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process, which includes a scored on-campus interview and a scored writing assessment.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150-180
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 140-150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 110
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:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Although there is no minimum score required, a composite score in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.
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: 33%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: Varies each year
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-50
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  82 
General (Inorganic) Chemistry: A complete year course sequence is required. Courses must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for organic chemistry. Labs are required.  12 
Organic Chemistry: A complete year course sequence is required. Labs are required.  12 
Biological Sciences: A complete year course sequence is required. Courses may include ecology, evolution, anatomy/physiology, cell biology, and biological diversity/structure. Labs are required.  12 
Microbiology: A one-semester course in microbiology is required. A course intended for health care majors is recommended. A lab is not required. 
Statistics: A one-semester course in general statistics is required. Business statistics, psychology statistics, or biological science statistics courses are accepted. 
Calculus: A one-semester course in calculus is required. Business calculus, applied calculus or calculus courses designed for the social sciences will NOT be accepted. 
English Writing/Composition: A complete year course sequence is required. The sequence can be made up of a one-semester college-level composition course and a one-semester intensive writing course. 
Public Speaking: A one-semester course focused on public speaking is required. Interpersonal speaking and communication courses will NOT be accepted. 

Additional Information

All required math and science courses must be completed by the end of the spring 2019 semester.  English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the summer 2019 term. 

 

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in order to receive transfer credit and fulfill prerequisite courses.  Students who wish to fulfill prerequisites using Advanced Placement (AP) scores must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam.  Please see Drake University's AP Credit policy at www.drake.edu or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details:
Deadline: March 1, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $70.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Applicants may access the Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application thought the Drake website: http://www.drake.edu/pharmacy/doctorofpharmacy/pharmdadmission/.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Yes

The oldest PCAT considered: June 2014
Details:

Applicants who are taking the PCAT for the first time are encouraged to take it in the summer or fall.  Drake will accept January and February PCAT scores for the fall 2019 admission cycle, however we recommend that students use the spring test dates to retake the test if they wish to do so.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?

Yes

Details:

U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Canadian citizens and foreign citizens are all given equal consideration for PharmD admission. 

 

The TOEFL is waived for any non-native English speaker who has completed an educational program in the United States other than English as a Second Language (ESL).  Drake University reserves the right to request TOEFL scores from non-native English speaking applicants.  

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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 1, 2019 Received by deadline
Details:

Applicants with foreign transcripts must have their records evaluated by one of the evaluation agencies approved by PharmCAS.  Please have your foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) sent directly to PharmCAS.  Applicants who are admitted must also have original foreign transcripts sent directly to Drake University.  Photocopies will NOT be accepted.  Send original foreign transcripts to

 

Drake University

Registrar's Office

2507 University Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50311

USA

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT 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:

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • September - March
Details:

In the first phase of the admission process, applicants are evaluated the strength of their PharmCAS applications, Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Applications, overall GPA and PCAT composite scores.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process, which includes a scored on-campus interview and a scored writing assessment.

 

The second phase of the admission process includes a scored on-campus interview and scored writing assessment.  This phase must be completed in person.  Applicants who are invited to participate in the second phase may NOT complete interviews via phone or electronic means and may NOT complete the writing assessment from another location. 

 

During the interview, applicants will be evaluated on their strengths in the following areas of interpersonal communication:

 

  • Motivation for pursuing a career in Pharmacy
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Values and ethics aligned with those of the profession
  • Maturity
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Desire to learn and improve
  • Professionalism

 

During the writing assessment, applicants will be evaluated on their strengths in the following areas of written communication:

 

  • Clarity and focus - how well do you convey your message and how interesting are you ideas?
  • Organization and structure - does the organization of ideas support and enhance your message?
  • Elaboration, detail and support - how many examples do you use to support your message and how specific/detailed are your examples?
  • Mechanical conventions - includes use of spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure and other grammatical conventions.

 

Students who are invited to complete the second phase of the admission process will be notified in September-March.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? October - April
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants must respond to their offers of admission within 30 days after their letters of admission are issued. Applicants may "accept" or "decline" admission. Drake University does NOT offer deferred admission to the PharmD program. Students who accept their admission must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit to secure their spot. Scholarship recipients may have a modified timeline to accept or deny their scholarships.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $350
Due: Within 30 days after the letter of admission was issued
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • The week prior to the first day of classes for the fall semester
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes begin in August. Admitted students will receive communication about the specific date and details for the first day of the fall semester in their letters of admission.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No