University of Saint Joseph
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dr. Bertram Nicholas 
      • Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs 
      • University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy Office of Admissions and Student Affairs  
      • 229 Trumbull Street 
      • Hartford 
      • Connecticut 
      • 06103 
      • Phone (Work): 860-231-5869 
      • Phone (Fax): 860-231-5876 
      • Email: bnicholas@usj.edu 

      • Mrs. Meridith Cayer 
      • Senior Admissions Counselor 
      • Admissions & Student Affairs 
      • 229 Trumbull Street 
      • Hartford 
      • Connecticut 
      • 06103 
      • Phone (Work): 860-231-5858 
      • Phone (Fax): 860-231-5876 
      • Email: mcayer@usj.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    An earned Bachelor's degree is required to be considered for admission to our Doctor of Pharmacy program.

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Block
      • If Other, please list: Accelerated program, three terms per calendar year
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
      • Baccalaureate degree required for admission
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: A Bachelor's degree is required for admission consideration unless the candidate is enrolled in one of the 3/3 dual degree programs affiliated with University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy. Please refer to our website for more information: www.usj.edu/pharmacy.
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Candidates enrolled in one of the 3/3 dual degree programs at one of our affiliated institutions are guaranteed an interview and receive priority consideration for admission.
    • 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 ↑ 

    We encourage you to visit our Website for additional applicant information at http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy. At University of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT, students explore and expand their potential through personal attention in a welcoming community that offers an academically challenging program to individuals who want to succeed in the profession of pharmacy and make a difference in society. The University is a community that promotes the growth of the whole person in a caring environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society. We provide exemplary pharmacy education to diverse and qualified students possessing high leadership potential who are dedicated to impacting the health care needs of the people of the US and the global community.

    The program relies on a firm foundation in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, socio-behavioral and clinical sciences, developing life-long learning skills that result in pharmacy practitioners committed to providing quality patient care and advancing the profession of pharmacy. The School is committed to, and promotes the emergence of, competent and compassionate pharmacists who will engage in community service and foster the advancement of research and scholarship.

    The School of Pharmacy’s 3-calendar year Pharm.D. program is designed with two interwoven and complementary components: didactic and experiential, with the experiential learning component occurring throughout the entire curriculum. Students progress through the program in cohorts, using a modified block schedule (studying one course at a time) and mastering the subject material before moving to the next course. This approach has a proven record of increasing students’ ability to master the didactic material and provides students with a rich experiential education. Traditionally, this model results in high pass rates on the NAPLEX and allows students to benefit from employment sooner, which is a distinct financial advantage when compared to traditional 4-year programs.

    For more information please visit: http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 90
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 105
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.1
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 90
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 90
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.8
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT Required
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.9:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's Degree required Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of pre-pharmacy study in a Regionally Accredited college or university in the United States
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 44
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's Degree required
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Bachelor's Degree required Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of pre-pharmacy study in a Regionally Accredited college or university in the United States  Bachelor's Degree required 
      English (one course in Composition)   10-12 
      General Chemistry I & II (Lecture and Laboratory)   12-15 
      Humanities: e.g. Art, Drama, Theatre, Literature, Religion, Music, Foreign Languages, Philosophy   10-12 
      Social Sciences: e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences, Economics, History, Anthropology, Government, Ethnic Studies   10-12 
      Heath-Related Science and Mathematics: e.g. Computer Fundamentals/Basics, Medical Terminology, Informatics, Genetics, Mathematics above Calculus I, Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology   12-16 
      Microbiology (with Laboratory)  
      Human Anatomy & Physiology (with Laboratory)   12-15 
      Calculus (non-business)   4.5-5 
      Statistics  4.5-5 
      Economics  4.5-5 
      Physics (Lecture and Laboratory)  
      Organic Chemistry I & II (Lecture and Laboratory)   12-15 
      Oral Communication   4.5-5 
    • Additional Information: 

      Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics courses MUST include a laboratory session.

      http://www.usj.edu/academics/schools/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd_prereq.html


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: April 1, 2012 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $125
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Please follow this link to our website to apply now: http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2012
      • Details: 

        We recommend July or September of the year prior to fall term of anticipated enrollment for early consideration, but we will accept January scores as well.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      A Math Survey Exam and Written Essay during the interview process.


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • 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): 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.
    • Details: 

      If foreign credits have been accepted by a US accredited institution, they may be considered to satisfy admissions requirements


  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: 

      We do not accept letters of reference from family members or friends.  At least two professional references are required.  One should be from a college professor and the second can be from an employer or another professor or academic advisor.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • 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. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Committee letters will be evaluated on an individual basis
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Counts as only one letter.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • We operate on a rolling admission basis 
    • Details: 
      A 45-minute interview with two faculty members, a tour of our facilities with a currently enrolled student and then a mathematics test and an essay on a topic selected from a list of options.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? We operate on a rolling admissions cycle and within 2-3 weeks following the interview a decision is made and the candidate is notified. Additional information can be found on our website: www.usj.edu/pharmcy.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within two weeks from date the applicant receives the acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Within two weeks from date applicant receives letter of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2013. Please check our website: http://www.usj.edu/pharmacy
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No