Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Thomas P. Reinders, Pharm.D.  
      • Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services  
      • Room 500, Smith Building  
      • 410 North 12th Street  
      • Richmond 
      • Virginia 
      • 23298-0581 
      • Phone (Work): 1-800-330-0519  
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016

  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/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:
      • 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 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 Graduate School.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 140
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 50
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 25%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: N/A

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • 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: 135
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 90  135 
      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**  4.5 
      Elective courses***   35  52.5 
      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.
      ** Interpersonal communication, introduction to communication  or onlince communication courses will not be acceptable substitutes.
      *** 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: Genetices or Molecular Biology (3SH), Immunology (3SH) and Cell Biology (3SH). Any of these three courses will count towards the minimum of 35 semester hours of electives. Other highly recommended electives are computer science, anthropology, history, foreign languages, philosophy, and religious studies. The 35 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 math and science prerequisites, although higher level courses in the same subject area may be substituted (e.g., Physical Chemistry for General Chemistry).


  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: 07/01/2012
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        TOEFL required 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. 

  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? 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 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 2015 through April 2016 
    • Details: 
      Applicants will be contacted to arrange an 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? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis. 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.
    • 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: 
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No