Ferris State University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Tara M. Lee, MS
Director of Admissions

College of Pharmacy

220 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307

Phone (Work): 231-591-2249

Phone (Fax): 231-591-3829


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 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: Public
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
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates



    Applicants are encouraged to contact us for individual tours and visits.

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)

Complete information on the pharmacy program can be found on our website at:


The College of Pharmacy has been recognized as an accredited institution by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy since 1893 and is the principle source of pharmacy practitioners for the State of Michigan.

VISION: The Ferris State University College of Pharmacy drives health care outcomes through pharmacy innovation.

The College of Pharmacy educates and supports professionals who positively influence and impact the health outcomes of the people they serve. We will accomplish this by:


  • Providing the highest quality professional education to students and practitioners;
  • Promoting and delivering patient-centered care by pharmacists that are committed to the safe and appropriate use of medications;
  • Developing and maintaining professional relationships, collaborations and strategic alliances that advance the goals and objectives of the college and the profession;
  • Facilitating personal and professional development of individuals to meet the demands of a dynamic curriculum and profession;
  • Creating a professional culture within the College community that embodies the principles of ethics, fairness, honesty, civility and respect for diverse ideas, beliefs and cultures;
  • Promoting research which advances science, health care and pharmacy education; and
  • Attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff.


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 230
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: Up to 150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: Up to 150
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: No Limits Within 150 Seats
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Limits Within 150 Seats
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Limits Within 150 Seats
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: See policies on website.
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 42%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 58%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: Varies
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 74-80
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 50
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: See website for requirements
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 74-80  See website for requirements 
General Chemistry with Lab   8-10   
Organic Chemistry with Lab  8-10   
General Biology with Lab   
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (Course sequence should be biology major or pre health professional. We may disqualify anatomy and physiology sequences determined to be introductory in nature.)   
Calculus for the Life Sciences or Calculus  3-4   
English Composition   
Interpersonal Communication or Principles of Public Speaking   
Introduction to Psychology or Introductory Sociology   
Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics)   
Cultural Enrichment (e.g. Humanities) - One course must be at the 200+ level   
Biochemistry (should be at a level that has organic chemistry as a prerequisite)  3-4   

Additional Information

Applicants are required to complete all requirements as set for on our website at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl which supercedes this site.


This site linked above outlines policies regarding AP/CLEP credit, age limit on courses, minimum grade for a course prerequisite to be accepted, PCAT minimums and deadlines, letters of recommendation, international courses, etc.  Be sure to review these policies in detail along with prerequisites referenced there.


Prerequisites can be found at:

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2016 or after

See admission policies, which can be found at: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/pharmacy/curriculum/Admissions-Policies.htm

PCAT requirements, minimums and deadlines can be found there.

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:

Please see admissions policies at the following link: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

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? 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 31, 2018 Received by deadline

Only coursework from most Canadian Universities/Colleges will be considered. See application policies, which can be found on our website at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

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
Institution Specific Details:

A total of three letters of reference are required and can be selected from any of the individuals identified as not required but recommended. However, we will not disqualify an applicant for not having three letters of reference. See application policies outlined on our website at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Health Care Professional
  • Teaching Assistant
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 two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Early Decision - September/October
  • Regular Admissions - October thru March

Interviews are likely to be scheduled in Big Rapids, Michigan. They consist of an in-person interview, extemporaneous writing portion, Q & A  and overview of program session for applicants, and a possible tour of the College of Pharmacy.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are emailed following the applicant interviews on a continual basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two to three weeks after letter of offer has been sent.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $200.00
Due: Date is given in letter of offer.
Refundable? No
Details: A non-refundable deposit is required with acceptance and is applied to tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/26/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No