University of Charleston

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Ms. Stacie Geise
Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions

Office of Professional and Student Affairs

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304

Phone (Work): 304-357-4889

Phone (Fax): 304-357-4868


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
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)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Charleston is a small private university in Charleston, West Virginia, a community of approximately 200,000 people. Our 40-acre campus rests amidst magnificent mountains, rivers, and the capital city. The city is alive with restaurants, shops, historic sites and plenty of outdoor recreation. 

Program Description:

The program of study within University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is competency-based, with a focus on the implementation of pharmaceutical care in traditional healthcare environments, and serving the needs of rural America.  The overall goal of the curriculum is to develop a competent, highly engaged, generalist practitioner who can successfully practice pharmacy at an entry-level.  The curriculum emphasizes the management of disease states and the assurance of quality of care through the analysis of medical care outcomes in a highly integrated, technology driven environment.


The curriculum is also designed with a comprehensive focus on patient care, medication therapy management, and disease management. Students completing the Pharm.D. program receive two certifications; an Immunization Certification and Medication Therapy Management Certification. Additional curricular experiences focus on the pharmacists role in diabetes management. Graduating students consistently exceed expectations on the NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination with, a five year passage rate of 95%.  The Class of 2013 achieved a 100% pass rate on the NAPLEX for the first-time takers. We believe this is a testament to our curriculum, our faculty and our students. 


The professional pharmacy curriculum at University of Charleston entails an interprofessional, competency-based framework, using integrated content and teaching, simulated patient environments, problem-based approaches when appropriate, and experiential exposure threaded throughout. The curriculum has been designed to provide knowledge, teach models of care management, allow students to demonstrate their understanding, and allow plentiful experiential opportunities for practice. Finally, the curriculum is designed to transition learners from dependent to independent learners as they progress.


We are committed to the development of a well-rounded, professionally active pharmacist who is able to demonstrate both technical competence and the embodiment of other essential professional characteristics. Consequently, curricular and programmatic offerings provide instruction, hands-on opportunities, and initiatives designed to encourage the growth and development of professional stewardship, citizenry, leadership, responsibility, and active involvement in issues that impact the profession and practice of pharmacy.  Each student is provided membership to the professional organization of their choice, and funding is allocated to support conference, workshop, or other professional development attendance. We offer a variety of professional organizations that operate under the guidance of the Pharmacy Student Governance Association (PSGA) and provide opportunities for student engagement and involvement with the campus community and beyond. Additional leadership development opportunities include collaborations with the local, state, and national government officials on policy development, study abroad, and unique APPE rotation experiences across the country. 


Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists who will provide comprehensive patient care, to advance the profession through research and advocacy, and to serve the community as leaders in rural health care. 


Program Outcomes:
The School of Pharmacy has five program outcomes that describe the graduate of the program.  These end-of-program outcomes reflect the graduate level liberal learning outcomes (citizenship, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethical practice and science) for the University of Charleston as well as the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) Outcomes of 2013.


The graduate of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will:

  • Use scientific principles of inquiry to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based practices to provide complete pharmacotherapy and medication counseling for individual patients and diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by transitioning foundational knowledge into a patient-centered practice, ensuring safe and effective medication management leading to promotion   f improved health, sustained wellness and prevention of disease.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with patients, caregivers, other healthcare members, policy makers, and members of the community to effectively participate in a team approach to patient care.
  • Engage in innovative activities when evaluating and implementing medication distribution and related management systems.
  • Demonstrate legal, ethical and professional principles and judgment in pharmacy practice.


Achievement of these outcomes are evaluated for each student as they progress through the curriculum.  


Admissions Process:

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy seeks to identify talented, qualified, and committed individuals through a competitive admissions process.  Each applicant’s academic background and achievement, PCAT scores, letters of recommendation, and record of participation in advocacy, leadership, and extra-curricular activities are reviewed to determine the granting of an invitation for an on-campus interview and admission into the program. In addition to these areas, the Admissions Subcommittee places emphasis on personal merit, leadership, maturity, citizenship, moral reasoning, communication skills, previous pharmacy experience, and dedication to professional goals.


Competitive applicants will have a 2.75+ grade point average and a composite score of 50 or higher on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT tests must have been taken within 3 years of the date of application.  Prospective applicants must successfully complete (with a C or better) 60 credit hours of pre-requisite course work.  All pre-pharmacy course work must be completed prior to beginning the professional program in August. Please visit for additional information.

2019 ExRx Boot Camp

Only 60 Credit Hours of Prereqs Required for Admission

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: n/a
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: n/a
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75+ Recommended
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum Required
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 50%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 50%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
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 60  90 
Human Anatomy & Physiology   12 
General Chemistry with Laboratory  12 
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory  12 
General Biology with Laboratory  12 
Microbiology with Laboratory 
Physics with Laboratory 
Calculus  4.5 
English Composition 
Psychology or Sociology  4.5 
History or Political Science  4.5 
Economics (Micro or Macro)  4.5 

Additional Information

Courtesy Transcript Evaluation Available.

Email your transcript and questions to

The pre-pharmacy course requirements have been established to ensure that students who enter the professional program will have the knowledge necessary to succeed in our program. The pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed prior to the beginning of the professional program. Pre-pharmacy courses may be completed at any accredited university/college. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to entry into the professional program. All questions concerning admission or prerequisite courses should be directed to the Office of Professional and Student Affairs 304-357-4889. We do not waive any prerequisites coursework.

Human Anatomy – Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses are acceptable for completion of this pre-requisite requirement. The total semester hours of instruction must total 8 semester hours. *Acceptance of a 300 or 400 level biology course may be eligible for substitution for anatomy and physiology laboratory only if applicant's home institution does not offer anatomy laboratory and/or physiology laboratory courses. This is applicable only for anatomy and physiology pre-requisite requirements. Request for this consideration must be submitted in writing to 

Economics – The economics requirement may be fulfilled with either a macroeconomic or microeconomic course.

AP credit is only accpeted if it appears on a college transcript.  

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: 06/03/2019Received by deadline
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

A link for the Supplemental Application will be provided upon receipt of your PharmCAS application.  There is no longer a Supplemental Application Fee required.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2015
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



Select code 8246 and 5419. The TOEFL is NOT required if you took prerequisite coursework at an accredited US college or university.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

After an applicant accepts an offer of admission, specific immunizations, a BLS CPR certification, a criminal background check and more are required. Visit the following website for more information:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 06/03/2019 Postmarked by deadline

Translation by any recognized official transcript evaluation service is required, however WES is preferred. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.  At least one letter must be from a professor.  Students can submit up to four letters if they wish. 

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

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


Applicants who have completed the PharmCAS application and the School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application will be reviewed. Competitive applicants within our application pool will be invited to the School of Pharmacy for an on-campus interview. The interview panel consist of at least two members, of which one member is a pharmacy faculty/staff member. Each interview is 30 minutes in duration. The interview process is designed to ascertain the applicant's strengths in the non-cognitive areas of interest identified as important measures and potential for success in the school's pharmacy program.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? For applicants whose admissions file is complete, letters will be e-mailed within two to four weeks of the on-campus interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? One (1) week after receipt of admissions offer.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1000
Due: $500 within one week of offer and other $500 by May 1, 2019
Refundable? No
Details: One (1) week after receipt of admissions offer, at least $500 of the early tuition deposit must be paid. The other $500 early tuition deposit is due May 1, 2019.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • Tentative Dates: August 5-16, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Orientation is expected to begin Monday, August 5, 2019. The fall semester classes are expected to start on August 26, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes