The Ohio State University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Office of Student Affairs

150 Parks Hall
500 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone (Work): 614-292-5001

Phone (Fax): 614-292-6396


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? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates



    For more information please email

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: High School Early Admissions Pathway (EAP) - For more information visit:
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)

Established in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is a global leader in pharmaceutical education, research, and clinical practice. As part of one of the most comprehensive health sciences campus in the nation and located steps away from the Wexner Medical Center, the college is home to world-class faculty, dedicated researchers and outstanding students who are leading the way in pharmacy education, practice and research.


Our students have access to all of the university’s vast resources, while also enjoying the advantages of enrollment in a small academic environment. They also have many inter-professional opportunities with academic programs on-campus which include Dentistry, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Clinical opportunities in Central Ohio include University Hospitals and associated clinics, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, University Hospital East, the Nationwide Children's Hospital, Harding Behavioral Healthcare and Medicine, the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals, and The Ohio State University Dental Clinic and Optometry Clinic.


Ohio State University conducts a holistic review process of each applicant. The College welcomes an application from any student who meets the minimum qualifications. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is a four-year post-graduate professional degree designed to prepare students for pharmacy licensure and practice. Students entering this program are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. Admission is competitive with the applicant required to meet GPA and composite PCAT minimums, as well as a core math, science and general education curriculum.


The PharmD curriculum, Inquire, Innovate, Involve (I3) takes an innovative approach to education by structuring classes in modules so students can experience the integration of science and practice. The I3 curriculum allows students to get hands-on pharmacy training during the first year in the program and develops the interpersonal skills that are critical to patient interactions. The curriculum also focuses on helping students develop a comprehensive problem-solving approach through increased incorporation of active learning strategies, integration of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, and an earlier introduction of integrated practical experiences that could be simulated and then practiced. Combined degree programs for PharmD/MBA or PharmD/PhD are available for qualified applicants.

For Information on PharmD or Undergraduate Programs: Phone 614–292–5001. For Information on Master’s or PhD Programs: Phone 614–292–6822.


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 210
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 180
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 127
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 14
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 37%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 62%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.37
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.6:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 120
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: See List of Course Prerequisites
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 180
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 120  180 
Biology with lab  
General Chemistry with labs   10  15 
Organic Chemistry with labs   12 
Physics with lab  10 
Human Anatomy with lab  
Microbiology with lab  
Basic Biochemistry 
Human Physiology 

Additional Information

Students entering this program are required to complete a Bachelor degree prior to matriculation.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Students will receive an email inviting them to complete the supplemental application after we have received the verified PharmCAS application.
Deadline: Within 3 weeks of invitation to complete the applicationReceived by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $40.00 Domestic/$50.00 international
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Students will be sent an email asking them to complete the supplemental application. All applicants will be required to complete this prior to their application being considered for admission.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2016

Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July or September.

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



International applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to fulfill the TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS requirement. If your native language is not English, you should possess a minimum level of English proficiency which is demonstrated by minimum scores as follows:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      • 577 (Paper-based test)
      • 90 (Internet-based test)


    • MELAB (Michigan Language Assessment Battery)
      • 84


  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • 7.5
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? 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): Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2019 Received by deadline

Applicants with a Bachelor degree earned outside of the United States will be evaluated for a required general education curriculum. Please be aware of these prerequisite general education courses:

  • 1st Year English Composition (1 course/3 credit hours)
  • 2nd Year English Composition (1 course/3 credit hours)
  • Social Science (3 courses/9 credit hours)
  • Historical Survey (2 courses/6 credit hours)
  • Texts and Works of Art (3 courses/9 credit hours)
  • Social Diversity (1 course/3 credit hours) – social diversity may overlap with another course


We require original transcripts produced by the academic institution in a sealed envelope. An official transcript with English translation must be submitted from each institution attended.  We do not accept evaluations from WES, ECE, or similar evaluation services. 

Transcripts should be mailed to:

Graduate and Professional Admissions Office
The Ohio State University
PO Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Three letters of reference are required. We strongly recommend having a letter of reference from a science faculty member and a pharmacist.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
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:
  • October- April

Selected candidates will be invited to visit campus to meet the Student Affairs staff, talk with current students, tour the facilities, and participate in a Doctor of Pharmacy interview with members of the Admissions Committee.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance emails are sent following the applicant interview on a rolling basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Three weeks from receipt of admissions decision.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $525
Due: Applicants will be notified of a date in accordance with Cooperative Admission Guidelines.
Refundable? No
Details: $25 of the deposit is used to cover the Admissions Acceptance Fee and the remaining $500 is a non-refundable tuition deposit.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 12, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 12, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No