Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Kelechi C. Ogbonna, PharmD, MSHA, BCGP
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services

Room 500, Smith Building
410 North 12th Street
Box 980581
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0581

Phone (Work): 1-804-828-3000


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 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: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
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:
  • Inova - Fairfax, VA and University of Virginia - Charlottesville,VA

Program Description (back to top)

We are the oldest pharmacy school in Virginia, tracing our roots back to 1898. Our primary teaching facilities are located on the Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond, the state capital. We are 1 of 18 Health Science Centers nationwide meaning that our campus has four other health sciences schools and a major academic health center with several hospitals and clinics that offer tremendous opportunities for hands-on interprofessional patient care. Moreover, we have satellite campuses at INOVA ( and the University of Virginia ( extending our reach and providing additional perspectives on healthcare delivery. We partner with a multitude of community organizations that welcome student pharmacists who are interested in areas such as geriatrics, cardiology, mental health, ambulatory care, and underserved communities. Most importantly, we believe our students represent the future of healthcare and we do all we can to help each student shape their path. Take the time to get to know us and see what we have to offer.


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Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 140
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 140
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: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
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: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 25%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 75%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-50
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: N/A

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 73
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 46
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 109.5
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 73  109.5 
General Biology 
General Biology Lab  
Microbiology Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred)   4.5 
Biochemistry Lecture   4.5 
English (to include 1 semester of composition and rhetoric) * 
Calculus  4.5 
Statistics  4.5 
Public Speaking/Communication**  4.5 
Elective courses***   18  27 
General Chemistry Lecture  
General Chemistry Lab  
Organic Chemistry Lecture  
Organic Chemistry Lab  
Physics Lecture   4.5 
Physics Lab   1.5 
Human Anatomy Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred)   4.5 
Human Physiology  4.5 

Additional Information


* At least 3 semester hours of composition and rhetoric is required. Up to 3 semester hours can be fulfilled with documentation of a writing intensive course.
** Public Speaking/Communication courses must be taken "live and in person" and may not be taken on-line.
*** Due to the importance of a strong biomedical science foundation in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, some or all of the courses listed below are highly recommended: Genetics (3SH), Molecular Biology (3SH), Immunology (3SH) and Cell Biology (3SH). Any of these four courses will count towards the minimum of 18 semester hours of electives. All other General Electives must be non-math and non-science courses.  Recommended elective choices are computer science, economics, business, history, foreign languages, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The 18 semester hours of non-science/non-math electives will be considered fulfilled if an applicant provides an official transcript documenting the completion of his or her baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.
Note: AP and/or IB courses will not be accepted for science prerequisites other than Physics, although higher level courses in the same subject area may be substituted (e.g., Physical Chemistry for General Chemistry). AP/IB credit in Physics, Calculus, Statistics, English and General Elective courses will be accepted with a minimum score of 3 (AP) or 4 (IB).


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: A supplemental application is required only for invited Interview candidates. The application will be provided following the scheduling of an interview.
Supplemental Application fee: $30
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Provided at the time of an invitation to interview

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 07/01/2014

July PCAT recommended for Early Decision applicants, Fall PCAT recommended for Regular Decision, January at the latest.

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


TOEFL recommended, to be submitted to PharmCAS for applicants who have a language other than English as their first language and who have resided in the U.S.A. for less than ten years or who show a deficiency in English. Minimum score of 100 required.
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? Yes
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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Professor (Science)



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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
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 2018 through March 2019
If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted by phone to arrange an on-site interview appointment. Interviews are conducted from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on specific Saturdays during the interview period.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Conditional acceptance letters are emailed following the applicant interviews on a continual basis. Once the applicant's criminal background history is obtained and found acceptable, an official acceptance letter will be sent by email. If a definite decision is not made concerning an applicant's admission following an interview, the applicant will continue to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee when updated information (e.g.,PCAT scores, grades) are provided. Any applicants without a definite decision will be sent a letter at the end of the admissions cycle in May concerning his or her final status.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? A response to the acceptance offer is due 2-4 weeks after the official acceptance letter is emailed.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: To Be Determined
Due: To Be Determined
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 14-16, 2019*
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2019 (subject to change)
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No