University of the Pacific

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Veronica Semler

Office of Pharmacy Admissions

3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Phone (Work): 209-946-2211

Phone (Fax): 209-946-2413


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 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:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Pacific offers an accelerated PharmD which requires students to enroll in three semesters for the first two years of the program.
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    June 29, 2018, July 25, 2018, August 3, 2018, August 16, 2018, October 17, 2018, November 14, 2018, December 5, 2018.


    All students are invited to attend one of the seven Application Workshops. Learn about early decision applications and the strategies to prepare a competitive application. We will extensively cover the early decision process, and well as all other deadline dates. For additional information and to register for a workshop, go to:

  • Dates

    September 15, 2018


    We are happy to host a Preview Day for prospective students and their families. You are invited to spend the day with us. You can meet faculty, administrators, and students as well as learn more about our programs. Tours are also available. Register for the event at: .

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
  • Accelerated Progression (year-round classes)
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 Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is success-centered, leadership-focused and has a powerful alumni network. We boast dedicated, experienced faculty who support students throughout their time at Pacific.  We're not just a School. We're a family.

Students can earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in three years. Our accelerated, eight-semester doctor of pharmacy curriculum exposes students to the pharmaceutical, administrative, social, behavioral and clinical science aspects of the field. From the very first semester, students develop clinical and patient-care skills - both are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students also gain patient care experience in a wide variety of settings that provide them with a foundation of practical training.

We hold academic affiliations with major medical centers, teaching hospitals, and related practice settings in support of our educational programs. We empower students to succeed by providing access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for meaningful, hands-on learning. Students also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and serve the community through student-led health care outreach programs. We create opportunities for students to network with alumni who are powerful and influential leaders in their respective professions. Our graduates are in demand - many place in residencies and fellowships nationwide and also become leaders in the field.


Doctor of Pharmacy

  • Pacific PharmD grads earned the 2nd highest salary in the nation, according to a recent analysis by San Francisco-based financial company SoFi.
  • Pacific ranked 6th in the nation in the 2016 ASHP Residency Match Program.
  • We have dedicated full-time faculty to guide you throughout your Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations.
  • Pacific was the first school of pharmacy in California to offer a three-year accelerated doctor of pharmacy program.

Dual-Degree Programs


  • 4-year, first year MBA, third, fourth, and fifth years PharmD


  • 5-year program, first, second-years PharmD, third and fourth years PhD, fifth year PharmD




Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 400
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 250
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 198
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 100
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
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: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21 - 37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 6:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 102
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 68  102 
GE Category IC (Required if you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program). 
GE Category IIB (Required if you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program.) 
GE Category IIC (Required if you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program.) 
Liberal Art Units (Non-math/Non-science courses)  28  42 
General Chemistry   12 
Organic Chemistry   12 
General Biology   12 
English Composition (Two semesters or quarters). 
Public Speaking  
General Psychology  
Human Physiology 

Additional Information


  • Microeconomics will replace macroeconomics IF a student has a U.S. Bachelor's Degree OR has completed a college level course in U.S. History or Sociology.

  • Interpersonal communication or group dynamics WILL NOT substitute for the public speaking requirement.
  • Students entering with a U.S. Bachelor's Degree are not required to Complete General Education: IC, IIB, and IIC.




AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The Pacific Supplemental is in the "Program Materials" section in the PharmCAS application and should be submitted together. Must submit prior to the deadline dates of September 4, 2018 (if you are early decision) or the final deadline date of January 7, 2019.
Deadline: January 7, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: 60.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

It is found in the "Program Materials" section in the PharmCAS application and should be submitted when you submit the PharmCAS application.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



Pacific does not require the PCAT and will not review the scores even if we receive them.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



TOEFL or the IELTS exam is required for students who have enrolled in ESL classes within the last four (4) years. Students who have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree and have lived in the U.S. at least six years are typically exempt.

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

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? Yes
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: January 7, 2019 Received by deadline

Pacific only accepts evaluations performed by WES: We require you to order the International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) which will include an evaluation and verification of your international transcript. You may have this sent to PharmCAS and we will accept this for the review of your application. If admitted, you will be required to contact WES and designate Pacific so that we may obtain the official copy. Please be sure you select WES as the evaluation service, as receiving the incorrect evaluation may cause you to miss our deadline. For additional information, please go to:

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Pacific requires two recommendations:  1.) A recommendation from a professor is required.  It must be from a school you have attended within the last three years. 2.) You may choose to have any other professional complete the second rating form as long as the person is not a family member.  We highly recommend that a science professor and a pharmacist be chosen as your recommenders.  In all cases, the PharmCAS rating form is required.  If you submit more than the required two, we will take all recommendations into consideration.  Be sure you have met our requirement before selecting additional recommenders!


LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Science)


  • Pharmacist


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

  • Employer
  • *An employer recommendation is acceptable only IF you have not enrolled in ANY school within the last 3 years.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • September - March

Competitive students are invited to campus to interview with one faculty member and one currently enrolled PharmD student.  There is also a writing sample that is required to be submitted at the interview.  Students will be given a question and asked to write their opinion on the topic. Candidates will also be given a tour of the School of Pharmacy and have an opportunity to speak with students.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Most letters are mailed at the end of the interview cycle in April but a few may be sent after each interview session.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from the date printed on the admission letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Two weeks from Admission Offer
Refundable? No
Details: There is a $500.00 non-refundable deposit due two weeks from the date on the acceptance letter. There is a second deposit of $500.00 due on or before March 1st. Students who do not place the second deposit will lose their space. If the student enrolls, $900 of the deposit will be credited toward tuition and $100.00 covers the required orientation fee. No portion of the fee will be refunded.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes will begin in late August.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No