Howard University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Marlon Prince
Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Office of Student Affairs

Howard University COP
2300 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20059

Phone (Work): (202) 806-6533

Phone (Fax): (202) 806-4636

Phone (Mobile): (202) 870-9989


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 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? Yes
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: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    (Virtual Fair) October 2018 & Open Houses Tentatively Scheduled October 19, 2017; and, April 2018


    For more information, please register at

  • Dates

    October 26, 2018 On Campus Open House


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Early Action
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)

Pharmacy instruction at Howard University began in the “;Department” of Medicine in 1868. The initial course, held in the evening, offered students “;knowledge of the art and science of pharmacy.” The first student graduated in 1870. With advances in medicine and the health sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was merged into a new College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and was subsequently re-named the College of Pharmacy.


The College of Pharmacy currently offers: a 4-year entry level Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program; a 5-year entry level Pharm.D./MBA dual degree program; a 2-year post B.S. Pharm.D. Degree program; and, a Non-Traditional program to licensed pharmacists who wish to further their professional knowledge and skills. The School also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences to applicants with a B.S. degree.


MISSION: Consistent with the mission of Howard University, the College of Pharmacy mission is to provide pharmacy education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis upon the recruitment retention and graduation of promising African America and other ethnically diverse minority students.  The College fosters the creation of new knowledge through innovative research and scholarship, commitment to community service and continuous quality improvement, and dedication to superior pharmacy practice locally and globally.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Pharm.D. degree provides students with professional knowledge and skills to perform at a high level of competence in providing pharmaceutical care and drug therapy in community and institutional settings. The curriculum includes courses in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and, clinical and administrative pharmacy sciences.



The College of Pharmacy has a cadre of dedicated faculty who are highly experienced in teaching, professional practice and research.



The Pharm.D. degree programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the national agency for accrediting pharmacy programs in the United States of America.


Requirements of the Howard University College of Pharmacy PharmD Program

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 180
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: Varies
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: 2.50
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
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: 50%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 50%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.42
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-36
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 11:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 79
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 57
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 132-135
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 79  132-135 
Required courses can be viewed at     
General Chemistry with Laboratory   10  15 
General Biology   5-6 
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   10  15 
Physics with Laboratory   10  15 
Humanities   10 
Socio-Behavioral Sciences   10 
General Electives   15 
Anatomy/Physiology*  16 
English  10-12 

Additional Information

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Required for all applicants.
Deadline: March 1, 2018Postmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $45.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Supplemental applications will be available online for submission at

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



The PCAT is recommended to be taken by applicants, but is not a requirement for application for admissions (effective immediately). 

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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

Only U.S. coursework credentials are considered

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • September-April

If the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and is considered to be competitive, they will then be contacted for an in-person interview.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed and mailed within 2-3 weeks of interview and on a continual basis (Rolling Admissions).
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to an offer of admission is due 2 weeks from the date of offer letter being received.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1,000
Due: 2 weeks from the date the acceptance letter is received
Refundable? No
Details: $300 is the Enrollment Fee ($150 of the enrollment fee is also applied towards the student's first year tuition) $700 is a Good Faith Fee which is applied to the student's first year tuition
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 13-16, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 19, 2019-Tentative
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes