A Legacy of Achievement in Teaching, Service, and Discovery
Founded in 1897, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a leading pharmacy program at one of the country's premier research universities. Our mission is to achieve excellence in sponsored research and progressive pharmaceutical care practice. UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy graduates are universally recognized for their leadership, their level of preparedness upon entering the field, their skills and abilities, and their desire to serve the profession and contribute to their communities.
Strong academics lie at the core of our program in which internationally recognized faculty and progressive practitioners work with an active student body. The School is located close to other health-sciences schools in an environment that promotes collaboration with other health disciplines. Faculty and students enjoy high-quality facilities that create an atmosphere where the highest aspirations can be attained. This outstanding combination of talented faculty, committed students, and quality resources is the reason for the doctor of pharmacy program’s number two rank in the U.S. News & World Report survey. In addition, students gain experience at UNC Hospitals, also cited by U.S. News as one of America's best hospitals in the areas of pulmonology, endocrinology, and other specialties.
Students get practice experience across the state along with other health-science students in nine Area Health Education Centers, North Carolina’s model program in public health service. More than 700 pharmacy preceptors at 500 sites across the state serve students throughout the AHEC network, providing pharmacy students with a unique venue in which to practice their skills. Our students are very active in community service and professional organizations. They staff two indigent care clinics, host numerous health fairs, and hold office in many local, state and national organizations.
The diversity and passionate commitment of our student body is a true strength of our program. With campuses in Chapel Hill and Asheville, NC, students have the opportunity to learn in real-time through interactive video-teleconferencing technology. Chapel Hill lies in the Research Triangle, comprising UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. The area is home to numerous scientific research centers and corporate headquarters. Chapel Hill, often called “The Southern Part of Heaven,” is a picturesque community home to the UNC Tar Heels. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, an array of outdoor activities, a vibrant downtown, a number of historic attractions, and unique shopping options. It is also home to the Mission Health System and the Asheville Project.
Students on the Chapel Hill campus can pursue dual degree programs with the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business (5-year PharmD/MBA) or the UNC Gillings School of Public Health (5-year PharmD/MPH). For more information about the dual degree programs, please visit here: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/academics/the-pharmd/dual-degrees/
Students on the Asheville campus can pursue a Certificate in Rural Pharmacy Health. This concentration within the PharmD degree is ideal for individuals who want to live and practice in rural areas and small towns. The Certificate in Rural Pharmacy Health prepares student pharmacists for collaborative, interprofessional practices that serve the health care needs of North Carolinians living in rural and small communities. For more information, please contact: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/directory/skiser92/
Whether in Asheville or Chapel Hill, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students have access to renowned faculty and preceptors, excellent extra curricular and leadership opportunities, and a leading PharmD program.
For more information about our curriculum, please visit here: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/academics/the-pharmd/curriculum/
For more information about our program and admissions requirements, please visit here: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/academics/the-pharmd/
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Chemistry 101/101L (General Chemistry I with lab)||4||6|
|Chemistry 102/102L (General Chemistry II with lab)||4||6|
|Math 231 or Math 241 (Calculus of One Variable)||3||5|
|Statistics 151 or 155 (Statistics)||3||5|
|*Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Char) UNC Chapel Hill students only||3||5|
|Chemistry 261 (Organic chemistry I with lab)||3/4||6|
|Chemistry 262/262L (Organic chemistry II with lab)||4||6|
|Biology 101/101L (Principles of Biology)||4||6|
|Biology 252/252L (Human Anatomy/Physiology I)||4||6|
|Microbiology 251 or 255 (Microbiology)||4||6|
|Physics 104/104L (General Physics I with lab)||4||6|
|Physics 105/105L (General Physics II with lab)||4||6|
|Chem 430 Biological Chemistry (upper level biochemistry class with two semesters of organic chemistry as a pre requisite)||3||5|
**For a list of other required prerequisites, please visit the following website and click on the icon that applies: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/academics/the-pharmd/prerequisites/
Other clarifying comments: Preference will be given to applicants who can complete all prerequisites by the end of Spring 2016. Students must have successfully completed all math and science prerequisites prior to enrollment in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Students with a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in the School of Pharmacy must complete the math and science prerequisites only. All applicants must present a grade of "C–" or better in the math and science prerequisites.
Students currently matriculating at UNC-Chapel Hill take Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Char) and one semester of Physics (Physics 116/116L). Students outside of the UNC-Chapel Hill system take two semesters of Physics (Physics 116/116L and 117/117L).
Students who do not have an undergraduate degree (prior to fall 2016) will be required to meet the General Education Requirements for the University. Please go to the web site listed above for additional information. There are courses that may meet more than one of the General Education Requirements. Due to this variability, the School of Pharmacy does not offer a listing of suggested courses for meeting the General Education Requirements. For information regarding which courses satisfy categories within the General Education Requirements, please visit this page: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/academics/the-pharmd/prerequisites/
A supplemental application is required to complete the application process:
The latest date you can take the exam for the first time and be considered for admission is November of the year you apply.
For PCAT test dates, go to:
All students must provide documentation that they have completed all health requirements including hepatitis B immunization, varicella immunity and TB skin test, by July 15, 2016.
For a list of health documentation requirements, please review: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/academics/the-pharmd/prerequisites/
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy utilizes a holistic admissions process, reviewing all parts of each application submitted. We are looking for future leaders in pharmacy who are well-rounded, have diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents, and are committed to the profession and improving the health of patients. Each applicant's academic performance, PCAT exam scores, extracurricular involvement, work experience, leadership experience, personal statement, and interview performance are considered, among other factors. Prior pharmacy or health care experience is not required, but is recommended.
Demonstration of prior experience in undergraduate or professional research or in other forms of scientific inquiry or innovation is preferred.
Students selected to interview will meet with faculty, staff, and students currently enrolled in the program.
Each candidate will participate in a multiple mini-interview session.
The MMI is a series of seven interview stations consisting of timed (eight-minute) interview scenarios. Applicants rotate through the stations, each with its own interviewer and scenario, over the course of an hour. The MMI does not test knowledge but will assess characteristics and attributes which the Admissions Committee feel are important for success as a pharmacist.