University of Charleston
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Ms. Stacie Geise 
      • Admissions Specialist 
      • 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 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 2014

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: TBD 
      • Details: Please watch our website for date and registration 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Charleston is a small private university located in Charleston, West Virginia, a community of approximately 200,000 people located in the south central part of the state. Our 40-acre campus rests amidst magnificent mountains, rivers, and the capital city. The city is alive with restaurants, shops, historic sites, a civic center, theaters, malls, a municipal auditorium, 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.


    In addition, 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.


    The School of Pharmacy is 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, 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. The School of Pharmacy offers 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 twelve general outcomes, which are referred to as the UC Comps. These competency statements include the liberal learning outcomes from University of Charleston that are applicable to professional pharmacy education. The UC Comps are:


    • Communication
    • Use of Evidence-based Explanations in the Practice of Pharmacy
    • Problem Solving
    • Dispensing of Pharmaceuticals
    • Providing Pharmaceutical Care to Individual Patients
    • Providing Pharmaceutical Care to Patient Populations
    • Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Ethical and Legal Judgment
    • Personal and Professional Growth
    • Systems Management
    • Advancement of Pharmacy and Health Care
    • Promotion of Public Health and Wellness


    These competencies are evaluated for each student within courses throughout the curriculum. The UC Comps provide an extension into the pharmacy program of the University liberal learning outcomes (citizenship, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethical practice, science).


    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, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (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.


    To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a 2.75 minimum grade point average and a satisfactory Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) score. PCAT tests must have been taken within 3 years of the date of application.  Prospective applicants must successfully complete (with a C or better) 63 credit hours of pre-requisite course work.  All pre-pharmacy course work must be completed prior to beginning the professional program in August. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all course work by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the professional program.


    Candidates are selected using a modified rolling admissions procedure. Qualified applicants are admitted to the School of Pharmacy on an ongoing basis beginning in the fall and continuing until the class is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required admissions documents early in the academic year to maximize their admissions/acceptance potential. Please visit for additional information.


    The University of Charleston does participate in the Early Decision Program with PharmCAS.  Please consult PharmCAS for Early Decision Program information and application deadlines. 



  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 285
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 80
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 80
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 1-3
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 50-60
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.2
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 80
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 80
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 1-5
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 9:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
    • 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: 95
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 63  95 
      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 
      Pre-Calculus or Algebra  4.5 
      Calculus  4.5 
      English Composition 
      Psychology or Sociology  4.5 
      History or Political Science  4.5 
      Economics (Micro or Macro)  4.5 
    • Additional Information: 

      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.

      It is recommended that the student take two science courses and at least five courses (a minimum of 17 semester hours of credit) each semester to ensure appropriate preparation for the academic challenge of the School of Pharmacy. Calculus and required science courses taken more than seven years before the fall semester of admission must be retaken for a grade unless the applicant's subsequent academic or work experiences relate directly to the coursework. Applicants who have completed ALL prerequisite coursework will be given priority in the admission process. Completion of all pre-requisites by the end of spring 2014 is preferred. Applicants who require less than two pre-pharmacy courses to be completed in the summer prior to matriculation are considered stronger applicants than those who require greater than two pre-pharmacy courses. We do not waive any prerequisites coursework.

      Other clarifying information: All science courses (chemistry, biology, microbiology, human anatomy, human physiology, and physics) must include a laboratory with each lecture. Science courses for non-science majors are NOT acceptable. Physics coursework may be algebra-based and must include mechanics, heat, force and motion.

      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 using the official Pre-Requisite Course Substitution form found on

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

      Statistics – Must have a general statistics or biostatistics emphasis.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline:  03/03/2014 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        You must complete the PharmCAS application along with the official supplemental application for the School of Pharmacy at The supplemental application is available beginning June 1, 2013.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: October 2010
      • Details: 

        Select PharmCAS code 104 and 904

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

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

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

      After admission specific immunizations and a criminal background check are required.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • 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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations:  02/03/2014 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      Translation by any recognized official transcript evaluation service is required.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 

      We require one letter to be from a faculty member.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • September-March 
    • Details: 


      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 panels 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. For additional information regarding the interview process, please visit

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Yes
      • Amount: $1000
      • Due: $500 within one week of offer and other $500 by May 1, 2014
      • 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, 2014.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Tentaive Dates: August 4- 15, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Third or fourth week of August 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicant should contact the School of Pharmacy directly.