Wayne State University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Tamra Watt 
      • Academic Services Officer 
      • Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences  
      • 259 Mack Ste. 2610 
      • Detroit 
      • Michigan 
      • 48201 
      • Phone (Work): 313-577-4928 
      • Email: tamra.watt@wayne.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  November 3, 2014


  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.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: General information meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00PM at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Faculty of Pharmacy at Wayne State University have developed a contemporary curriculum for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program that allows interaction with patients and healthcare professionals throughout the four-year program. The Pharmacy program is located in one of the world's leading urban research universities with the reputation of training excellent healthcare professionals. We educate future pharmacists to be highly competent health care practitioners, who effectively and safely provide patient-centered care with other health care team members in diverse settings, to be leaders within the profession and to be lifelong learners.  Our PharmD graduates are differentiated and sought after because of their clinical skills and ability to provide inter-professional, evidenced-based care that ensures optimal health of the patient and of the public. Specifically, our graduates are practice-ready, eager, willing to work, and prepared to work with diverse populations. Graduates of the Pharmacy professional program consistently score higher than the national and state averages on the NAPLEX (national licensing exam).


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 100
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 16
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.60
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile composite
    • 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: 19-33
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 39
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60   
      SCIENCE AND MATH PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK      
      BIO 1510/Basic life mechanisms   
      BIO 2200 - Introductory Microbiology   
      BIO 2870 + BIO 3200 - Six credits of Anatomy & Physiology with at least three of those credits at the 300/3000 level or above   
      CHM 1220/1230 - General Chemistry I & Lab  4/1   
      CHM 1240/1250 - Organic Chemistry I & Lab  4/1   
      CHM 2220/2230 - Organic Chemistry II & Lab  4/1   
      MAT 2010 - Calculus I   
      PHY 2130/2131 - General Physics I & Lab  3/1   
      NON-SCIENCE PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK     
      ENG 1020 - Introductory College Writing (BC)   
      PS 1010 - American Government (AI)   
      COM 1010 - Oral Communication (OC)   
      UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS     
      ENG 3010 - Intermediate Composition (IC)   
      Critical Thinking (CT)   
      Social Science (SS) - ECO 1000 or 2010 recommended   
      Historical Studies (HS)   
      Philosophy & Letters (PL)   
      Foreign Culture (FC)   
      Visual & Performing Arts (VP)   
    • Additional Information: 

      Meeting the published minimum standards does not guarantee an interview for the pharmacy program. The pharmacy admissions committee reserves the right to determine who will be interviewed and admitted. Students not having the Wayne State University chemistry sequence must complete two semesters or three quarters of general chemistry with labs and two semesters or three quarters of organic chemistry with labs. For calculus, Wayne State does not accept any applied calculus, survey courses, or calculus for business or science. Please note that BIO 3200 Human Physiology is a required advanced physiology course BEYOND anatomy & physiology. Please check the equivalency guide on our website as not all human physiology courses are acceptable. All prerequisite courses must be at least a C/2.0 or higher. All science prerequisite courses must be completed by May, 2015. All non-science prerequisites must be completed by August, 2015. As a guide, applicants are expected to receive at least the 25th percentile on the verbal and reading portions of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and at least the 50th percentile on the biology, chemistry, and quantitative portions of the PCAT. The PCAT must be completed by November 7, 2014 if you are applying for the class that enters fall 2015. Students who enter the pharmacy program with a bachelor's degree, Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Baccalaureate Studies (A.B.S), Associate of Liberal Arts (A.L.A.), or a MACRAO-stamped transcript but do not hold the associate degree, do not need to complete the general education requirements. Students who do not have a meet one of the degrees entered above prior to entering the PharmD program will have to complete the general education requirements prior to entering the second professional year. It is strongly recommended that students complete the general education requirements prior to admission into the pharmacy program. Canadian applicants need to send student copies of their transcripts to Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This is to ensure that their applications are reviewed on a timely basis. This does not mean that Canadian students do not have to submit an ECE/WES transcript evaluation that is required as part of the PharmCAS application. Visit our website at: http://cphs.wayne.edu/program/pharmd-phd-admission.php


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2009
      • Details: 
        The November 2014 PCAT is the last exam that will be considered for the class that enters Fall 2015. The January 2015 PCAT will not be used in determining admission for the class that enters fall 2015.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of immigration status or citizenship), but who have been instructed in the English language, are not necessarily exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirements. If you meet at least one of the following requirements below, you are exempt from taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Your native language is English. You have completed all secondary or post-secondary education in the United States, Canada or other English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, the West Indies and other countries specified by the Wayne State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You are an international or non-immigrant transfer student from a non-English speaking country. You are exempt from the TOEFL provided you have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree (college parallel degree) from a U.S. institution or completed acceptable transfer credit from a U.S. institution of the equivalent of Wayne State's Basic Composition and Intermediate Composition requirements with a 2.0 grade-point average or higher. http://admissions.wayne.edu/english-proficiency.php

      • 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? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • 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
    • Details: 

      If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be evaluated by a WSU approved evaluation service (WES, ECE, etc.). The official course-by-course evaluation must be sent to PharmCAS and to Wayne State University's Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Please see the following website for information regarding foreign transcript prerequisite evaluation: http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/program/Transcriptguide.php


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • November-February 
    • Details: 

      The interview lasts approximately two hours and forty five minutes. A tour of the building is given by current pharmacy students. Applicants are encouraged to ask questions of the students giving the tour. An onsite writing sample is required. Thirty minutes is given for this sample. Applicants are interviewed by two current pharmacy faculty members, one from pharmaceutical sciences and one from pharmacy practice. The applicant then meets with an advisor to review any outstanding prerequisite course work and general education requirements. Applicants also receive a group presentation about the curriculum in the pharmacy program.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed electronically following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks after letter has been mailed
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Due: Two weeks after letter has been mailed
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes begin August 31, 2015. The PharmD academic calendar can be found online at http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/pharmd/current.php.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes