Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Monica Kempland
Program Coordinator

Office of Professional & Student Affairs

200 University Park Drive
Suite 220
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Phone (Work): 618-650-5127

Phone (Fax): 618-650-5152

Denyse Anderson
Office Support Specialist

Office of Professional & Student Affairs

200 University Park Drive
Suite 220
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Phone (Work): 618-650-5156

Phone (Fax): 618-650-5152


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Public
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
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:The Pharm.D./M.B.A. is a concurrent degree
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates



    Join us for an all access Open House at the SIUE School of Pharmacy. You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty, staff and currently enrolled pharmacy students. More information is available at:

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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The full-time 4-year Pharm.D. program consists of a 3-year didactic curriculum followed by 3 semesters of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. During the didactic portion of the curriculum, students will participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences each semester. The program must be followed as prescribed and students cannot enroll part-time. Classes will be held in the fall and spring semesters only except during the APPE experiences.


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The SIUE School of Pharmacy has fulfilled the accreditation requirements set forth by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for the Professional Degree Program in Pharmacy and has been granted Accreditation Status through June 30, 2023. ACPE authorized the following statement: The SIUE School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, (312) 664-3575; Fax (312) 664-4652, website:


The SIUE School of Pharmacy prepares pharmacists who can serve the health care needs of the citizens of Illinois and its surrounding region. The School provides a contemporary and innovative Pharmacy education utilizing state-of-the-art technology and modern classrooms. The curriculum provides for interprofessional education, integrated and team-based learning, experiential education throughout the four years, and preparation for contemporary roles including health promotion, prevention and wellness. There is the opportunity to pursue a concentration of study for some of the didactic electives and for an advanced practice experiential elective. The hallmark of the program at SIUE is the focus on “Excellence.” Highly qualified students and competent and dedicated faculty are attributes of our program. The culture of SIUE is one of a community of learners, teachers and scholars.


The combination of scientific and technical emphasis of our program ensures that our graduates are prepared for highly-competitive pharmacy careers. Students complete a Senior Assignment that serves as an integrative capstone learning experience. The SIUE Senior Assignment has been recognized by the US News and World Report for its excellence. The School also prepares students for cultural competency and openness to diversity. This outcome is accomplished through the didactic curriculum and the experiential education. Numerous didactic and experiential education electives are also offered. Students develop citizenship and leadership skills as part of the co-curricular organizational opportunities.


A major component of the Pharm.D. curriculum (approximately 30%) is comprised of Experiential Education. This can best be defined as practical experience in a variety of pharmacy settings. Experiential Education, often called “rotations,” is the bridge between the classroom and the pharmacy practice environment. During their offsite experiences students work with practicing pharmacists or faculty members who are commonly referred to as “preceptors.” Contemporary pharmacy curriculums have two levels of experiential education incorporated over the course of the program: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). During the IPPE program students develop practice skills while during the APPE program they are expected to demonstrate their achievement of the skills needed to be a practicing pharmacist.


The experience starts with a didactic class in the spring semester P3 year that defines the experience. As part of this class, the students are assigned a five-week APPE capstone rotation block to be completed during their P4 year. During this APPE five week capstone rotation, the student is expected to work on a capstone project and have a rough draft of the final paper ready for the mentor and course coordinator at the end of the rotation. A final paper and poster is due in April of the P4 year. The capstone project is an independent, research based project that should follow the established guidelines for a research or publishable paper. It is desirable that the student can work on all aspects of a research project which include development of the idea, literature search, collection of data, analysis of the data and an appropriate conclusion based on the results. The student is able to spend a minimum of 120 hours from start to finish.


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Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 126
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 82
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 82
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 22
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 82
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 82
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
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? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 47%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 53%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.63
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-33
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 70
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 38
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 70   
General Chemistry I with lab    
General Chemistry II with lab   
Calculus I or Calculus for Life Science   
English Composition I    
English Composition II   
Speech Communications    
Microeconomics or Macroeconomics   
Microbiology or Bacteriology   
Psychology or Sociology   
Any Philosophy Course    
Organic Chemistry I   
Organic Chemistry II    
Organic Chemistry Lab    
General Biology I with lab   
General Biology II with lab   
Anatomy and Physiology I with lab    
Anatomy and Physiology II with lab    
College Physics I with lab    

Additional Information



AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014

PCAT scores older than five years will not be considered. 

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


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? Yes
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: February 1, 2019 Received by deadline

WES or ECE evaluation required.  SIUE may require applicants to provide English translations of course descriptions.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October-March

The SIUE School of Pharmacy will interview approximately 130 of the most qualified candidates each admissions cycle.  Applicants are encouraged to complete your application early. Students will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected for an interview as their application is completed, and then reviewed by the Admissions Committe. Interviews are held on a monthly basis from October through March.  On the day of the interview, students will also take a writing assessment, meet with current pharmacy students, and take a tour of the campus.  

More information about our interview process can be found on our website

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are typically sent to students within 3 weeks after the interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Responses to acceptance offers are due two weeks after the student is offered acceptance. Response times for acceptance offers may change depending upon when the application is submitted. Students are encouraged to apply early.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: See Details Below
Due: See Details Below
Refundable? No
Admission Deposits
Early Decision Admission Offer
Full acceptance deposit ($500) - due two weeks after offer

Regular Admission Offer - before March 1, 2019
Initial acceptance deposit ($200) - due two weeks after offer
Final acceptance deposit ($300) - due March 1, 2019

Regular Admission Offer - after March 1, 2019
Full acceptance deposit ($500) - due two weeks after offer

Deposits are Non-Refundable.

The enrollment deposit is applied directly to the student's fall tuition if the student enrolls in the SIUE School of Pharmacy. Enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 5-8, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes will begin on August 5, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No