Drake University
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jessica Lang 
      • Admissions Liaison 
      • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
      • 2507 University Ave. 
      • Des Moines 
      • Iowa 
      • 50311 
      • Phone (Work): 515-271-3018 
      • Email: jessica.lang@drake.edu 

      • Dr. Renae Chesnut 
      • Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs 
      • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
      • 2507 University Ave. 
      • 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 2015:  December 1, 2014


  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: Students spend four years completing Drake's professional PharmD program. Applicants must complete 63 semester credit hours, including prerequisite courses, prior to the fall 2015 semester.
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • 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:
      • None 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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) degree 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 and 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 directly from high school 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 (available on the CPHS website, http://www.drake.edu/cphs/admission/doctorofpharmacy/)
    • 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 PCAT scores for the fall 2015 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 2015 semester.  English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the summer 2015 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. 

     

    All applications for fall 2015 admission must be submitted online or postmarked by December 1, 2014.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to participate in the second phase of the admission process during the spring 2015 semester. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 190-200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 145-150
    • Estimated fall 2014 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: Varies each year
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 33%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 67%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: Varies each year
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 180-200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Varies each year
    • 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 scores 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.1:1

  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 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 63  82 
      Biological Sciences (must include labs); courses may include ecology, evolution, anatomy/physiology of animals or humans, cell biology, heredity, biological diversity and the structure of plants and animals  12 
      General Chemistry (must include labs); courses must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for organic chemistry  12 
      Organic Chemistry (must include labs)  12 
      Microbiology (lab not required); should be a course intended for healthcare majors 
      Statistics; business and psychology statistics courses WILL be accepted 
      Calculus; business calculus courses or calculus courses designed for social sciences will NOT be accepted 
      English Composition (must be completed by end of summer 2015); sequence made up of two consecutive one-semester college-level composition courses OR a one-semester college-level composition course and a one-semester intensive writing course 
      Public Speaking (must be completed by end of summer 2015); common course titles include Fundamentals of Speaking and Public Speaking; 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 2015 semester.  English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the summer 2015 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.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: 12/01/2014 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $70.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Applicants may access the Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application directly by following http://www.drake.edu/media/collegesschools/cphs/documents/2015_SupplementalApplication_Fillable.pdf.  

        Please save this form as a pdf and open using Adobe Reader.  You may then use the fillable PDF to complete the application and save a copy for your own records.  Please print and mail your completed application, along with the application fee, to

        Drake University

        Cashier's Office

        2507 University Ave.

        Des Moines, IA 50311

        Applicants may also access the supplemental application from our admissions website at http://www.drake.edu/cphs/admission/doctorofpharmacy/.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2010
      • 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 PCAT scores for the fall 2015 admission cycle, however we recommend that students use the January 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.

      • 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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 12/01/2014 Postmarked 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

      College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

      2507 University Ave.

      Des Moines, IA 50311


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • January - 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 participate in the second phase of the admission process during the spring 2015 semester.  Some applicants who meet the minimum requirements may not be invited to participate in the second phase of the admission process. 

       

      The second phase of the admission process includes an on-campus interview and 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 December-February.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? March - August
    • 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 were 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 $350 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 2015 semester 
      • Details: Admitted students will receive communication about specific dates and details for P1 Orientation during the summer prior to the beginning of the fall 2015 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 2015 semester in their letters of admission.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No