Celebrating more than 100 years of educating the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in the country, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy is one of the top-ranked pharmacy schools in the U.S. and fourth in the nation for total NIH funding among pharmacy schools. Committed to pharmaceutical education, research, and patient care, we educate students in the biology of disease, the properties and actions of drugs, and best practices for clinical and therapeutic uses of drugs.
Through experiential training and critical skills development, we produce quality practitioners as showcased by our graduates’ stellar results in the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). For six years in a row, our graduates have surpassed the national pass rate on both exams. Ranked in the top 20 percent of schools of pharmacy in the country by U.S. News & World Report, our graduates are well prepared to practice pharmacy.
Whether they become community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, teachers, researchers or entrepreneurs, our mission is to make sure our graduates are scientifically knowledgeable, compassionate, ethical and committed to a lifetime of continued learning.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Biochemistry (upper-division No lab required)||3||5|
|General Biology 1 & 2||6||9|
|General Biology Lab 1 & 2||2||3|
|General Chemistry 1 & 2||6||9|
|General Chemistry Lab 1 & 2||2||3|
|Organic Chemistry 1 & 2||6||9|
|Organic Chemistry lab 1 & 2||2||3|
|Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I||3||5|
|Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II||3||5|
|Physics I (algebra or calculus based)||3||5|
|Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics)||3||5|
|English Composition 1 & 2||6||9|
|Humanities / Social Science||9||13|
All courses can be taken online except for the following: General and Organic Chemistry labs, Biology labs and Public Speaking.
Students in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, specifically the student (F) or exchange (I) visa, are considered international students. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required with the application unless English is the student's native language. To be eligible, these applicants must score 550 or higher on the written (paper and pencil) test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the new Internet TOEFL test.
Three (3) recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to his/her academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant's professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).
The onsite interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, communication and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. In addition to an individual interview, the candidate will write an essay on an assigned topic, and will be observed in a problem-solving group activity to further assess interpersonal communication skills. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the onsite interview process.