Touro University (CA)
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Marcos Villa 
      • Assistant Director of Admissions 
      • Office of Admissions 
      • 1310 Club Drive 
      • Vallejo 
      • California 
      • 94592 
      • Phone (Work): 707-638-5200 
      • Phone (Fax): 707-638-5250 
      • Email: marcos.villa@tu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  February 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Block
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • 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)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • 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 Touro University California College of Pharmacy program is a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program located on historic Mare Island in the Northeast corner of the San Francisco Bay. The College of Pharmacy is unique nationwide in that it includes two years of didactic instruction together with an experiential component that is also two years in length, while the national paradigm is three years of didactic instruction with a one year clinical component. The College of Pharmacy prepares students for a clinically-oriented, contemporary pharmacy practice. This goal is ensured by providing students with a rigorous didactic and experiential curriculum in which students receive individualized attention through small classes and sufficient numbers of highly qualified faculty who are accessible and available to meet with students who require additional personal assistance. The program emphasizes expanded clinical experiences, the extensive use of technology and teamwork with other students.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 500
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 100
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 25
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: n/a
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
    • 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: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-43
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 16.67:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: see website
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: see webiste
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: see website
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total see website  see website 
      Inorganic (General) Chemistry with lab  12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab  12 
      Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab **Human Anatomy lecture required **Human Physiology lecture and lab required 
      Microbiology with Lab 
      Calculus 
    • Additional Information: All prerequisites, including completion of a Bachelor's Degree (which is REQUIRED), must be satisfied prior to the first day of mandatory orientation, though applicants may apply, be interviewed, and be accepted with some prerequisite coursework not yet completed. While not required, the Admissions and Standards Committee strongly recommends that all incoming students complete a minimum of 3 semester/5 quarter units of Biochemistry. If available, PCAT scores may be submitted with the PharmCAS application though the PCAT is not required.? Touro University considers two GPAs - Cumulative GPA and Science GPA.? The Cumulative GPA includes all coursework completed while the Science GPA includes all physical and biological science coursework (not justs those listed as pre-requisites). Additional information may be found at http://admissions.tu.edu/cop.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: Applicants who are educated at schools outside of the United States must submit official transcript evaluations documenting that the non-U.S. degree should be considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.  Applications received without this documentation will be rejected.

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: Applicants should have some pharmacy experience or exposure, either paid or volunteer.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • 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? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • 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: 04/01/2015 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      FTER must include a statement that the foreign degree is equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution. FTER must also, at a minimum, include semester units and letter grade for each course, as well as a cumulative GPA. FTER should be submitted with the PharmCAS application. Applicationsreceived without this documentation will be rejected. Typically, graduates of foreign institutions will supplement their non-US coursework with several courses completed at regionally accredited US institutions.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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 required.  One letter must be from a biological/physical sciences professor who has taught the applicant in his or her class.  The other two letters may be submitted from the source of the applicants choice, excluding family members.  A letter from a pharmacist is recommended but not required.  Pre-Health Professional Committee letters will satisfy the entire letter requirement.  Full details may be found at http://admissions.tu.edu/cop/process.htm

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Committee letters will be accepted provided at least one contributor is a science professor who had the applicant as a student in his or her course.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interviews are typically held between mid-October and the end of April. 
    • Details: Interviews are conducted using a panel style, group interview format. Up to five candidates are interviewed together by two pharmacy faculty members and one pharmacy student.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Typically no longer than two weeks from the date of the interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from the date on the Letter of Acceptance.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $2,000.00
      • Due: Two weeks
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit is $2,000 and, upon matriculation, it is applied towards the first semester's tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Varies 
      • Details: Typically held during the first week of August.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Varies; Typically held during the first week of August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Accepted students who have submitted their acceptance deposit may petition to defer their start date. Such petitions are considered on a case by case basis.