Shenandoah University
School of Pharmacy

"Shenandoah University will be accepting applications from students who have already created a PharmCAS account through May 18, 2017. Students may be granted individual deadline extensions through June 1, 2017."



  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? 
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • 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:
    • 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:
      • Ashburn campus in Ashburn, VA (Northern Virginia) 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    THE BERNARD J. DUNN SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

    The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy was created in 1995 to respond to the growing need for pharmacists in the health-care system. Shenandoah University responded to this need for additional pharmacists in a unique way. Combining new ideas in pharmacy education with the use of information technology, it created a new educational model that is even more relevant today. The School of Pharmacy offers a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D. degree) for traditional and nontraditional students. Traditional students with a bachelor’s degree can also earn a Pharm.D. /MBA degree in conjunction with the Byrd School of Business.

    INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM DESIGN AND DELIVERY

    Our curriculum is designed to create practice ready clinical pharmacists in the evolving healthcare system. Courses in patient assessment and health care informatics prepare students to provide optimal patient care. Our interprofessional approach to education allows students to work collaboratively with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to be an essential member of an integrated healthcare team. In addition, each student receives an Apple MacBook Pro and iPad to use in the program, as part of Shenandoah University’s iMLearning program.

    INTEGRATION OF PHARMACOGENOMICS

    Pharmacogenomics uses a patient’s genetic makeup to create individualized drug treatments. We were one of the first pharmacy schools to integrate pharmacogenomics into our curriculum, beginning with an introduction in the first professional year and culminating with application-based practices in the therapeutic sequence.

    ADVANCED PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCES (APPE)

    APPE opportunities include top facilities in our region, such as Johns Hopkins, the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Food and Drug Administration. The school also partners with Project HOPE to offer a unique practice experience to provide pharmacy services to the international community. New in-depth experiences are being developed to include expanded pharmacy services, such as transitional care and medication management.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 180
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 85
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 7
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 115
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 115
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 43%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 57%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.32
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 18-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 10:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
    • 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: 71
    • 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 63  71 
      Course Title: English 101 & 102  
      Public Speaking  
      General Biology I & II w/ lab   12 
      General Chemistry I & II w/ lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry I & II w/ lab   12 
      Physics I w/ lab calculus or non-calculus based is acceptable 
      Statistics 
      Calculus 
      Biological Science elective- no lab required 
      Economics Micro, macro or principles of 
      Microbiology lab optional  3/4  6/8 
      Humanities-History, art, music, language, theatre, or other English course.  
      Social/ Behavioral Science-Accounting, anthropology, business, computers, economics, geography, health, management, political science, psychology, sociology or statistics.  
      Human Anatomy and Physiology   12 
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? No

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        No application is required.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 3 yrs. or less
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        This statement only applies to students for whom English is a second language. If a student has completed two years of undergraduate work in an accredited college or university in the United States, he/she does not have to take the TOEFL, but may choose to do so to demonstrate greater proficiency. This does not include students who go to a local community college to take ESL. 

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

  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? Yes
    • 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: May 2017 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      All foreign transcripts must first be evaluated by an accredited service before they can be reviewed by SU. We prefer organizations who are members of NACES.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      The letters of reference can be from professors, health care providers, or other professionals with whom the student has interacted. A pharmacist is not required if you have not worked with one. You may have any combination of the allowed references. 

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • 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: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - June 30th 
      •  
    • Details: 

      Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. A typical interview day will consist of a 30 minute interview with a faculty member and student (if possible), writing sample, and tour of facilities 


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance packages are mailed within one week of acceptance.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? A response to the acceptance offer is due based on the deadline given in the acceptance package.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000.00
      • Due: The deposit deadline will be stated in the acceptance package.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit is applied towards the student's tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2017 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: