The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Applicants must complete a Bachelors Degree prior to matriculation into the PharmD program.

    • 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: TBD 
      • Details: 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:

  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. The College of Pharmacy is located right across the street from the Wexner Medical Center and is part of the most comprehensive academic health science campus of any university in the country. Our students have access to all of the University’s vast resources, while also enjoying the advantages of enrollment in a small academic environment. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at The Ohio State University is currently ranked #6 by U.S. News and World Report. This is as a result of our exceptional faculty, staff and student body, patient-centered practice sites, innovative curriculum, groundbreaking research and close partnership with the Wexner Medical Center.


    Our students have many inter-professional opportunities with academic programs on-campus which include Pharmacy, Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Clinical opportunities in Central Ohio include University Hospitals and its 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.


    Our curriculum is carefully and intentionally designed to prepare the best possible pharmacist. Didactic, integrated conceptual modules run alongside laboratory, recitation and practice experiences. Teaching techniques include large and small group activities, case study workshops, and professional experience rotations precepted by clinical faculty. Patient care laboratories and part-time practical experiences are conducted during the first, second and third years of the curriculum. The university arranges nine months of full-time rotations during the entire fourth academic year for all students. Combined degree programs for PharmD/MBA or PharmD/PhD are available for qualified applicants.


    The Doctor of Pharmacy is a four-year post-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 meet GPA and composite PCAT minimums, as well as a core math, science and general education curriculum.

    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 2018 entering class: 210
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 180
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 130
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 5
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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 2017 entering class: 42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.46
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 21-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 4:1

  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: 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 2018 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.

      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


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • 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 application Received 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.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2015
      • Details: 

        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? 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 (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? 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, 2018 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.

      Transcripts should be mailed to:

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

  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- April 
    • 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 members of the Admissions Committee.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Yes
      • 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 1, 2018 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 1, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: