Shenandoah University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Stephanie Clark
Admissions Coordinator-Winchester

Room 286

1775 N Sector Court
Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy
Winchester, Virginia 22601

Phone (Work): 540-678-4340

Phone (Fax): 540-665-1283

Phone (Mobile): 5406784340

Debbie Lynn
Admissions Coordinator-ICPH Fairfax

3225 Gallows Road
Building D, Floor 3
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Phone (Work): 540-542-6235

Phone (Fax): 540-542-6280


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    Summer Visit Dates: 6/6/18 6/28/18 These visits will include: meeting the Admissions team, transcript review, Q & A, and tours on the Winchester Campus. Contact to register.

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:
  • ICPH-Farifax Farifax, VA

Program Description (back to top)


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.


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.


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.


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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 180
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 7
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 115
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 115
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5 preferred
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5 preferred
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 43%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 57%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.19
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-42
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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 
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 

Additional Information

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

No application is required.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


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



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:

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: June 2019 Postmarked by deadline

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.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Supervisor


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? No

Interviews (back to top)

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

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance packages are e-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?


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 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes