Shenandoah University
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Stephanie Clark  
      • Admissions Coordinator 
      • Room 286  
      • 1460 University Drive  
      • Winchester 
      • Virginia 
      • 22601 
      • Phone (Work): 540-678-4340  
      • Phone (Fax): 540-665-1283 
      • Email: pharmd@su.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 2013 
      • Details: Date and time TBA 
    • 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 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum has been developed to prepare graduates to deliver pharmaceutical care in a variety of settings. The instructional program is student centered, competency-based and includes significant critical thinking and problem solving exercises, case studies, and small group instruction. The program has been crafted to: Promote early interactions between students and patients. Prepare students for the challenges of practicing in the next millennium by infusing technology throughout the curriculum. Ensure the attainment of certain skills referred to collectively as The Shenandoah Twelve. And, deliver integrated instruction using various disease states as focal points for presenting modules of material.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 85
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 43%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 57%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.0
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 11:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
    • 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 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 65  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 
      Mathematics- pre-calculus, algebra, trigonometry, or college math 
      Calculus 
      Biological Science elective- no lab required 
      Economics Micro, macro or principles of 
      Microbiology w/ lab 
      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.  
           
    • Additional Information: 

      The course prerequisites will change for the incoming class of 2019. Please visit our web site for details.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: No application is required to be submitted, just a supplemental application fee of $30. Please provide a note including your name, PharmCas ID #, phone number and address.
      • Supplemental Application fee: 30.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        No application is required.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 3 yrs. or less
      • Details: 

        January 2013 PCATs will be accepted for the March 3, 2014 deadline.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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. 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. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  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? 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
    • 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 need to be from two professors and a health care provider. A pharmacist is not required if you have not worked with one. A letter from a supervisor or manager is recommended if a health care provider is not available in order to speak about one's work ethic. The letters of reference from a Professor are not limited to a Math and/or Science Professor. You may have any combination of the allowed references. 

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • 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 Dates:
      • September - May 30th 
    • Details: 

      Once an application is reviewed and meets given criteria, an applicant may receive an interview invitation.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance packages are mailed within two to three weeks of receiving an email letter 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
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBA 
      • Details: Date will be provided on the website when available.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Last week of August 2014.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes