Wayne State University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jozy Hayek
Academic Services Officer II

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
259 Mack Ave. Ste. 2610
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Phone (Work): 313-577-4928


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: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
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 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).

Learn more from  our website at: http://cphs.wayne.edu/pharmd/

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 100
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
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:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile composite preferred. Applicants with a score lower than 50th percentile will be considered for admission only if their prerequiste GPA is greater than or equal to 3.2.
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: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 17-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68 (number can change depending on the college attended)
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41 (number can change depending on the college attended)
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 68 (number can change depending on the college attended)   
BIO 1510-Basic life mechanisms   
BIO 2200 - Introductory Microbiology (with lab)   
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   
CHM 5600: Biochemistry   
ENG 1020: Introductory College Writing (BC)   
COM 1010 - Oral Communication (OC)   
STA 1020: Elementary Statistics   
Civic Literacy (CIV)   
Cultural Inquiry (CI)   
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)   
Global Learning (GL)   
Intermediate Composition (IC)   
Social Inquiry (SI)   

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.  For calculus, Wayne State does not accept any applied calculus, survey courses, or calculus for business or science. Please note that six credits of Anatomy & Physiology with at least three of those credits at the 300/3000 level or above are required. Applicants must earn at least a C/2.00 or higher in all prerequisite courses. Students with a bachelor’s degree are exempt from completing the University General Education requirements. Those who qualify under the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) policy (see www.transfercredit.wayne.edu) are exempt from all general education classes. All science prerequisite courses must be completed by May 31, 2019. All non-science and general education prerequisites must be completed by August 31, 2019. The PCAT must be completed by November 2, 2018 for regular admissions. Early decision applicants must complete the PCAT no later than July 18, 2018. Visit our website at: http://cphs.wayne.edu/program/pharmd-phd-admission.php


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2013
The November 2, 2018 PCAT is the last exam that will be considered for the class that enters Fall 2019. The January 2019 PCAT will not be used in determining admission for the class that enters Fall 2018. Students applying through the Early Decision program must complete the PCAT no later than July 18, 2018.
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



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): 1) Your native language is English. 2) 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. 3) You are an international or non-immigrant transfer student from a non-English speaking country who has 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. https://wayne.edu/admissions/international/english-proficiency/

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? 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

If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). The official course-by-course evaluation must be sent to PharmCAS. Canadian students who attended English speaking schools can send their transcripts directly to PharmCAS. Canadian students who attended French speaking schools should submit a WES course by course evaluation to PharmCAS. Please see the following website for information regarding foreign transcript prerequisite evaluation: http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/program/Transcriptguide.php

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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
Institution Specific Details:

Applicants must submit two electronic letters of reference. One letter must be from a college or university instructor; the second can be from any professional reference such as another instructor or a supervisor at a work or volunteer site. Personal references are not accepted. Please note that while PharmCAS will allow applicants to submit up to four letters of references, the WSU PharmD program will only consider two letters for each candidate.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October-February

A personal interview will be granted to select individuals who meet all admission requirements by established deadlines. Applicants should obtain as much information as possible about the role of pharmacists and be able to articulate it during the interview process. Interviewers are interested in how well applicants communicate, their drive to be a pharmacist, and their understanding of the pharmacy profession.

Completion of the personal interview does not guarantee admission to the WSU PharmD Program.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


Amount: $1,000
Due: Two weeks after letter has been mailed
Refundable? No
Details: The deposit will apply towards the first semester tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes begin in late August, 2019. The PharmD academic calendar can be found online at http://cphs.wayne.edu/sciences/pharmd-class-schedule.php
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes