Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Block
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 72 Credit Hours of Pre-professional prerequiste coursework is required for matriculation. For most applicants this represents a 3-4 model. NEOMED participates in early assurance through Candidates who plan ahead may design a 0-6 experience in partnership with an undergraduate institution of their choice.
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: Small group presentations and tours take place about every other week. Webinars are also available on a recurring basis. Visit information available at:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • 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 ↑ 

    Located near Cleveland and Akron just minutes from Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University is setting the standard for inter-professional education for health professionals.  Our College of Pharmacy features a distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum in which a significant proportion of learning is accomplished simultaneously with medical students. The curriculum prepares graduates to practice at the top of their licenses in a team approach to health and wellness for practice in a variety of community and clinical settings. Our inter-professional education model also helps NEOMED students achieve some of the highest first-time NAPLEX passage rates in the nation. See how NEOMED stacks up to the other schools you are considering here:

    Beginning from the onset, experiential curriculum components are taught throughout the university’s clinical facilities, which include formal teaching hospitals, community hospitals and health care systems, ambulatory care clinics, private and corporate pharmacies and county Boards of Health. 

    We help our students develop the characteristics that people want to see in their health care professionals: competence, communication, caring, character, community and curiosity.

    If your professional calling is to provide excellent patient care as part of a health care team, then NEOMED is the place for you!

    For full details on the program, we recommend that you take just two minutes to create a personal profile at Create your personal electronic view book today.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 80
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 80%
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 20%
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: Recommended 2.5, under 2.5 may be considered in a holistic review
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Recommended 2.5, under 2.5 may be considered in a holistic review
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT optional effective 2017
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 44%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 56%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.2
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 5.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
    • 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: 105
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72  105 
      Biology and Other Life Sciences Sequence (with lab)  12 
      Inorganic (General) Chemistry sequence with lab   12 
      *General Education and/or Additional Science   15  22 
      Organic Chemistry sequence with lab   12 
      General Physics sequence  
      Biochemistry sequence (or Biochemistry and approved substitutions of Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology for up to 3 semester hours) 
      Statistics (Recommend health sciences statistics if practical) 
      Economics (either macro or micro) 
      Literature or Composition  
      Speech or Communication  
    • Additional Information: 

      NEOMED requires a minimum of 72 semester hour credits (105 quarter hour credits) of post-secondary courseowrk to be completed prior to matriculation. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C–“ or better. Applicants are strongly encouraged to successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the Spring 2018 term. However, NEOMED will allow completion of prerequisites during the summer semester prior to matriculation on a limited basis, with permission. 

      AP Coursework may fulfil prerequisite requirements if it is posted to an undergraduate college or university transcript.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        Beginning with the 2017 - 2018 admission cycle for fall 2018 matriculation, NEOMED is PCAT optional. Applicants may choose to share the PCAT via the application process or to not report the PCAT. NEOMED engages in holistic admission practices that will no longer refer to the PCAT in rendering admission decisions.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 

        The TOEFL is not currently required by NEOMED. NEOMED is currently evaluating admission practices for J Visa international students and non-native English speaking candidtates which may include TOEFL and/or ESL requirements and additional policies for consideration of international coursework. NEOMED recently obtained the ability to enroll J Visa holders. NEOMED is not currently certified to host F Visa students. Please refer to for the most up-to-date information.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunications, have completed a criminal background check, submitted official final transcripts from all colleges previously attended, and enroll in NEOMED's medical, life and disability insurance coverage prior to matriculation. 


  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 1, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      NEOMED is now certified to host degree-seeking J Visa students. NEOMED is not certified to host F Visa students at this time. As of June 2017 NEOMED policy specifies that pre-professional prerequisite coursework should be completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education within the United States. This policy is under review given our new ability to enroll J Visa students. Please refer to for more information during the application cycle.

      In the event that there may be instances where students earn credit at an institution outside the United States that NEOMED may consider to fulfil a pre-professional prerequisite requirement, applicants must send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) and original transcripts through PharmCAS for verification at their own expense. NEOMED prefers that candidates utilize World Education Services (WES) for this service. In the event that international coursework is considered by NEOMED, matriculating students will need to have original official transcripts and a FTER from WES delivered to NEOMED upon matriculation at their expense. This practice applies to J Visa applicants that have attended institutions of higher education outside of the United States. 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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
    • Institution Specific Details: 
      NEOMED recommends that the letters come from pharmacists. If applicant is unable to obtain a recommendation from a pharmacist, another healthcare professional, advisor, or science faculty member is acceptable.
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • NEOMED recommends that the letters come from pharmacists. If applicant is unable to obtain a recommendation from a pharmacist, another healthcare professional, advisor, or science faculty member is acceptable.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: A committee evaluation/recommendation may substitute for one individual recommendation.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through May (Regular Decision) 
      • September (Early Decision) 
    • Details: 
      Selected candidates are invited to interview on campus on a rolling basis. Candidates are contacted via email only using the address on file in PharmCAS. Each applicant is responsible for arranging his/her own transportation and other commitments in order to be available on the assigned date. Each applicant is interviewed by a team of two faculty members.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Mailed on a rolling basis, starting approximately 1 to 2 weeks after interview day. Candidates are also contacted via email using the address on file in PharmCAS.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from acceptee's receipt of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Rolling Basis
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Late August 2018 
      • Details: Admits receive New Student Onboarding information beginning in March. All milestones and calendars are housed within New Student Onboarding.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Late August 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: