Touro University California
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  February 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    The TUC College of Pharmacy participates in the Early Decision process. Please designate Early Decision in the PharmCAS application and submit all documents by September 4th. Visit our website for more information:

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • 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: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: TUC College of Pharmacy Open House Friday, October 19th, 2018, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 
      • Details: Info sessions will include the application process, student experience, rotations, employment options, and much more! For more information, or to RSVP, please email Mr. Anthony Williams at  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • 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. Our program is unique nationwide in that it includes two full years of clinical practice that is preceeded by a rigorous two years of didactic instruction while the national paradigm is three years of didactic instruction with a one year clinical component. This curriculum prepares students for a clinically-oriented, contemporary pharmacy practice.


    Pharmacy school, however, is about more than the curriculum, and differences between schools are largely due to philosophical differences around how the material is presented.  We invite you to experience "The Touro Difference" (! 


    We strive to provide students with individualized attention through small classes and engaging faculty with an open door policy and comprehensive training including simulation in our innovative on-campus pharmacy practice center. The program emphasizes expanded clinical experiences, the extensive use of technology, and teamwork with other students. Our vision is to cultivate inspirational teaching and scholarship, transformative leadership, and exemplary service.  Additional information may be found by visiting

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 325
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.25
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-43
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5.66:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90 semester units
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: See Website
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 135 quarter units
    • 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 90 semester units  135 quarter units 
      Inorganic (General) Chemistry with lab  12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab  12 
      Option 1 - Combined course, Human Anatomy and Physiology, with lab; OR Option 2 - One course each, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, with labs 
      Microbiology with Lab 
    • Additional Information: 

      All prerequisites 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.  The PCAT is not required though scores may be submitted with the PharmCAS application if available.  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

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  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 an official transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) 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

  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? 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: 02/01/2019 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Touro University California will only accept a FTER from World Education Services (WES).  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. Applications received 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 are required.  One letter must be from a biological/physical sciences professor who has taught the applicant in his or her class for an actual grade.  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

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • 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
      • Details: Composite 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interviews are typically held between October and 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.  In addition to the panel interview, candidates will be required to write an on-site essay and complete a short calculations assessment. 

  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: $200.00/$1,000.00
      • Due: Two weeks
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Applicants accepted prior to March 1st will be required to pay an initial, non-refundable deposit of $200.00, due within two weeks of the date on the letter of acceptance. A second, non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 will be required on or before March 15th. Applicants accepted after March 1st will be required to pay a single, non-refundable deposit of $1,200.00.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Varies 
      • Details: Typically held during the last week of July or first week of August.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 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 for one year. Such petitions are considered on a case by case basis.