Pacific University Oregon
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Kieran Bennett 
      • Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions  
      • Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions  
      • 190 SE 8th Avenue 
      • Suite 181 
      • Hillsboro 
      • Oregon 
      • 97123 
      • Phone (Work): 503-352-7222  
      • Phone (Fax): 503-352-7290 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Block
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: PharmD/MHA
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The School of Pharmacy at Pacific University offers a three-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The School is located in Hillsboro, Oregon in a new state-of-the-art Health Professions building. The new Health Professions Campus is comprised of six health professional programs (including pharmacy) provides a rich and diverse learning environment for the student population. Developing opportunities for student interaction and collaboration is a focus of the faculties from the different disciplines.The program admitted its first class in the Fall of 2006. Average class size is about 100 students.


    The competency-based curriculum, with courses delivered in a modified block design, supports our mission. The structure provides a schedule that allows students to study one topic at a time before moving on to another content area.  This method of education allows students to master each topic with a high level of mastery and promotes the integration of concepts in a planned and sequential manner. The competency-based design encourages team work and collaboration among students and removes the competitive nature characteristic of many professional curriculums. Team teaching by our faculty and the utilization of technology further enhance the student's experience at Pacific University School of Pharmacy.

    As part of their education, students complete experiential components of the curriculum throughout their first and second didactic years; with the third year being devoted entirely to advanced clinical experience.

    The Mission of the School of Pharmacy is to prepare practitioners and scholars to advance the profession of pharmacy to deliver patient-centered care in diverse populations by providing an integrated, learner-centered environment that is innovative and collaborative. 


    Our Vision is to create and sustain a reputation of excellence in education and scholarship that is widely recognized and respected in both the profession and the community.


    For additional information regarding the program, please visit our web site:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 278
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 170-185
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 98
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 70%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 33%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 67%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Varies each year
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7 for Cumulative, Science and last 45 semester credit hour
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-37
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 35
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 93
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62  93 
      General Biology with labs (one year)   12 
      Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (one year)   12 
      Economics (Micro or Macro)  
      Social/Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Government, Psychology,Sociology, Political Science, Human Development, etc)  
      Humanities/Fine Arts (Geography, Religion, History, Literature, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, Foreign Language, Drama, etc)  
      Microbiology (no lab required)  
      General Chemistry with labs (one year)   12 
      Organic Chemistry with labs (one year)   12 
      Physics with a lab (general or upper-level)  
      English (at least one composition course)  
      Psychology (Intro or Abnormal)  
    • Additional Information: 

      Science courses must be designed for science majors or pre-professional students. Science courses recommended to be taken within the last 7 years. Must receive a grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite and complete all courses before matriculation in August. AP credit (must show proof of a 4 or 5 on the exam) is acceptable for non-science courses. For the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites, we prefer - HUMAN Anatomy and HUMAN Physiology - a year long series - courses to be taken at the same institution; combined courses accepted.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Pacific University School of Pharmacy requires two letters of reference. A student can submit up to four in PharmCAS. If we receive more than two, we will review all LORs.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Co-Worker
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • November 15, 2014 
      • December 5, 2014 
      • January 31, 2015 
      • February 21, 2015 
      • March 7, 2015 
    • Details: 
      Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. Interviews take place primarily on Saturdays and they are all day events (8am–3pm). Students typically interview with one School of Pharmacy representative (faculty, staff or student) and one local pharmacist. An impromptu writing sample is required. Applicants receive a tour of the facilities, interact with fellow candidates and ask questions of current students during a discussion panel. We will be hosting a Friday interview this year on December 5, 2014. Please see website for more information:

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent out after each interview day; rolling admissions.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks after receipt of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1000; applied toward tuition
      • Due: Due 2 weeks after receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case by case basis