Please consider applying to our program via the Direct Admit Pathway for entering freshman beginning in the Fall of 2015. See the prepharmacy admissions pages on our website
Located in Morgantown, "one of the most livable small towns in America," West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy offers students the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in a small class (80-90 student) environment. State of the art classroom, library, laboratory, and simulation center facilties are part of a multi-disciplinary health sciences center, including the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and other allied health professions. The campus also includes a 400+ bed tertiary care hospital, level-I trauma center, cancer research and treatment center, psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, regional eye center, a neurosciences center and a biomedical research facility.
The Pharm.D. curriculum consists of six semesters (fall and spring) of didactic work plus experiential rotations throughout the curriculum. Didactic semesters average 16-20 hours, which include elective courses. Experiential education begins within the first year of the curriculum. A minimum of three of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations must be performed in designated rural areas. In addition, interprofessional education is a priority at our School, thus students will have various experiences with the other health disciplines offered at WVU.
Students may also complete a dual Pharm.D./MBA degree, or areas of emphasis based upon elective course work taken in the professional program. These three areas are Clinical/Residency, Research, and Teaching. There is also a Certificate in Geriatrics & Gerontology.
Students may also pursue Ph.D. degrees in biomedical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences, and health outcomes research. A variety of postgraduate residencies and fellowships are available.
Our graduates typically surpass the national passage rate on the NAPLEX exam and enter a wide variety of pharmacy related career paths. In addition, many graduates are admitted into nationally recognized post-graduate studies. Alumni, located in nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries, include recognized leaders in business, academic and professional arenas. Prospectice students may visit the School's website to learn more about some of our noted alumni who were recently inducted into the School of Pharmacy's Hall of Fame. You may read biographies of these notable alumni and their accomplishments on this site.
Morgantown is located approximately one hour south of Pittsburgh, PA, and offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, biking, boating and skiing. The University enrolls approximately 35,000 students in over 190 majors, and it offers exposure to a myriad of fine arts, intellectual and sports activities.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English Composition 1 & 2||6||8|
|General Education Curriculum course for Objective #3: The Past and Its Traditions*||3||4|
|General Education Curriculum course for Objective #5: Artistic Expression*||3||4|
|General Education Curriculum course for Objective #7: American Culture*||3||4|
|Introduction to Calculus or Calculus 1||3 to 4||4 to 5|
|General Biology 1 & 2 with labs||8||10|
|Microbiology||3 to 4||4 to 5|
|General Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs||8||10|
|Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs||8||10|
Other clarifying information:
It is preferred that applicants complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring term preceding the Fall they wish to enter the professional curriculum; however, with competitive applicants, up to 2 course deficiencies (non-sequential courses) can be completed in the summer term prior to matriculation. These course deficiencies must be completed before orientation to the pharmacy program. Orientation activities are required of all admittees and typically is schedule in the week prior to the beginning of the Fall term.
*Elective courses must meet the University General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements. More can be found in the WVU Undergraduate Catalog at http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/.
Residency Documentation: Applicants claiming resident tuition status will need to provide dates of continuous physical presence in WV, date WV driver's license was first issued, care state and license number, exact years of WV Motor Vehicle registration, date of WV voter registration, date of purchase of any WV residential property, dates of employment in WV, exact years WV income taxes have been filed, dates of military service and dates of extended absences (6 months or more) from WV. If the applicant is supported by parent(s)/spouse, the questions should be answered as they pertain to them. If the applicant is finacially independent, the question should be answered as they pertain to the applicant. The required information will be entered in the appropriate section of the supplemental application should one be granted to the applicant. Determination of residency status for tuition and fee purposes is the sole discretion of the Office of the University Registrar. For more information http://catalog.wvu.edu/archivedcatalog/2012-2013/healthsciences/residency/#Residency
Supplemental applications are granted for students who are offered interviews.
Summer or Fall test dates are preferred.
The TOEFL will be required for students who have completed prerequisites at a foreign institution.
School only accepts foreign transcript evaluations from WES.
Letters of Recommendation:
Three (3) letters are required, two of which must be from faculty who have the ability to evaluate the candidates academic abilities including written and oral communication skills, motivation, integrity, intellectual curiosity, empathy, problem solving and critical thinking skills at the collegiate level. The third recommendation letter may be from an instructor in any subject area, an academic advisor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Due to the PharmCAS limit of four LORs accepted from each applicant, the applicant may need to send additional LORs directly to WVU in order to meet WVU LOR requirements. Those applicants are required to send them to Jennifer Clutter at the address below by February 1, 2016, deadline.
WVU School of Pharmacy
PO Box 9500
Morgantown, WV 26506-9500
NOTE: An unsatisfactory recommendation is sufficient grounds for denial of admission.
Applicants deemed eligible by the Committee on Admissions will be scheduled for a personal interview. Early Decision Interviews are held in late September and Regular Decision interviews are held from early January through March. Interviewees are judged on the quality of their answers and on their overall oral communication skills. Interviews will be conducted in person in Morgantown, WV at the Health Sciences Center Campus that houses the School of Pharmacy. Each candidate will be interviewed by 2 faculty, professional staff members or alumni. Interviews typically last about 30-45 minutes and are followed by a tour and debriefing on the admissions process following interviews. See the following web site for more details regarding interview content. http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu/studentservices/pharmd-admissions/#personal_interview