Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Ron Ballentine, Pharm.D.  
      • Assistant Director 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 
      • Email: pharmacy@vcu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.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:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: Open House sessions are conducted on most Friday afternoons year-round at 2 P.M. Please contact the School by phone or e-mail to confirm your appointment. 
    • 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 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University is located on the University's Medical College of Virginia campus in Richmond. Since its inception in 1898, the School of pharmacy has been a leader in pharmaceutical education and research. The VCU School of Pharmacy continually strives to promote excellence in all of its programs. Our mission is to provide professional, graduate, and postgraduate education, conduct pharmaceutical and biomedical research, and deliver pharmaceutical care and public service. We are the only school of pharmacy to offer a complete spectrum of academic programs in pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These programs include the PharmD, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in the pharmaceutical sciences. The professional degree program at the School is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) which leads to a career as a pharmacist. Further academic options can be sought through the School's graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences. The graduate program leads to an M.S., a Ph.D., and postdoctoral study. Areas of concentration include Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacy Administration, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Engineering, and Pharmacology and Toxicology. The professional degree can be combined with the Ph.D. in the above areas of concentration. Additionally, the professional degree can be combined with an MBA degree in conjunction with the VCU School of Business, a MPH degree in conjunction with the VCU School of Medicine or a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies in conjunction with the VCU School of Allied Health.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 140
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 25%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.4
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: N/A

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2017 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).

       

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • 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


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 07/01/2013
      • Details: 

        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? Yes
      • Details: 
        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: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: 
    • 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? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • 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.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2017 through March 2017 
    • Details: 
      If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted by phone to arrange an on-site interview appointment. Interviews are conducted from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on specific Saturdays during the interview period.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 followed by a "hardcopy" letter. 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 3-4 weeks after the official acceptance letter is emailed.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: To Be Determined
      • Due: To Be Determined
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 9-11, 2017* 
      • Details: *Subject to change
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 14, 2017 (subject to change)
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: