Pacific University Oregon
School of Pharmacy

Please note we have recently extended our application deadline to March 1st.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Katrina Stein 
      • Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions  
      • Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions  
      • 190 SE 8th Avenue 
      • Suite 181 
      • Hillsboro 
      • Oregon 
      • 97123 
      • Phone (Work): 503-352-7229 
      • Phone (Fax): 503-352-7290 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Priority Consideration will be given to applications that are submitted by Sept. 14th. This includes a supplemental application fee waiver, and consideration for the October Interview Date.

    • 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 Pacific University School of Pharmacy offers a three-year program that leads to a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

    Courses are offered in a modified block design, allowing students to study one topic at a time before moving on to another content area. Experiential components are integrated into the first two didactic years of study, and the third year is devoted entirely to advanced clinical experience.

    At Pacific, we emphasize integration of concepts, as well as teamwork and collaboration among students. As one of several health professions programs offered at Pacific's Hillsboro Campus, we also emphasize interprofessional cooperation among the healthcare team.

    The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the ACPE. We admitted our first class in Fall 2006. Today, our average class size is approximately 100 students.



  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 247
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 190
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
    • 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 37%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 62%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-44
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 6.5:1

  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 2017 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.

      For more details about our Prerequisite Requirements, please view our webpage: ;

  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
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • 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:
      • October 24, 2015 
      • December 4, 2015 
      • January 30, 2016 
      • February 13, 2016 
      • March 11, 2016 
    • Details: 
      Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. Interviews take place primarily on Friday or Saturdays. 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. Please see website for more information:

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent out within two weeks of 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 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case by case basis