The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  February 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Applicants are required to have completed a Bachelors Degree prior to matriculation into the PharmD program.

    • 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/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • Other
      • If Other, please list:
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The College of Pharmacy at the Ohio State University, established in 1885, has been a leader in pharmacy education throughout its history. Located within the most comprehensive academic medical center in America, the College of Pharmacy provides access to the University’s vast resources and the advantages of enrollment in a relatively small academic environment. The College’s reputation emanates from the strength of its faculty and staff, student body, facilities, library, practice sites, curriculum, research enterprise, and contributions to practice and scholarship. Doctor of Pharmacy Program The Doctor of Pharmacy is a four-year graduate-professional program 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 complete the core math/science classes as well as a general education curriculum.

    Doctor of Pharmacy classes incorporate lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. Pedagogical techniques include large and small group activities, case study workshops, and professional experience program rotations precepted by clinical faculty within ambulatory and inpatient practice sites. Part-time practical experience activities are conducted during the first, second and third years of the curriculum, and full-time practical experience constitutes the entire fourth academic year. Combined degree programs for PharmD/MS, MBA, MPH or PhD are available for qualified applicants.

    The Health Sciences Center The Ohio State University houses the most comprehensive Health Sciences Center in America. Academic programs include Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and the School of Allied Medical Professions. Clinical facilities include University Hospitals and Clinics, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, University Hospital East, the Children's Medical Center, OSU and Harding Behavioral Healthcare and Medicine, the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals, Dental Clinic, Optometry Clinic, and University Health Connection (located in the College of Pharmacy).

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

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 220
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 180
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 122
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 10
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 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
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 47%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 53%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.52
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 21-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 5.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 35
    • 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 2017 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 labs   10  15 
      Human Anatomy with lab  
      Microbiology with lab  
    • Additional Information: 

      Students entering this program are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation.  Students who earn their undergraduate degree from a college/university outside of the United States are required to complete a core set of general education courses.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Students will receive an email inviting them to complete the supplemental application after OSU has received the verified PharmCAS application.
      • Deadline:  Within 3 weeks of invitation to complete the application Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $40.00/$50 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 thier application being considered for admission.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2013
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July or September.  January scores may not be considered.

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

        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)
            • 90-91 (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: 

  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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 11/01/2015 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      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.

  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: 

      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
    • 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
      • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

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

      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 a member of the Admissions Committee.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from receipt of admissions decision.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Due three weeks after receipt of the admissions decision
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: $25 of the deposit is used to cover the Admissions Acceptance Fee and the remaining $475 goes towards students' first term tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/1/2016 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 1, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: