West Virginia University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jennifer L. Clutter  
      • Program Coordinator  
      • School of Pharmacy Office of Student Services 
      • 1122E Health Sciences North 
      • 1 Medical Center Drive  
      • PO BOX 9500  
      • Morgantown 
      • West Virginia 
      • 26506-9500 
      • Phone (Work): 304-293-1552 
      • Phone (Fax): 304-293-1447 
      • Email: jeclutter@hsc.wvu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Please consider applying to our program via the Direct Admit Pathway for entering freshman. For more information please contact Alexis "Lexie" Bramer at 304-293-8170 or by e-mail at abramer2@hsc.wvu.edu.

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: IPPE and APPE rotation blocks may vary from normal semester start and end dates.
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: We also have Areas of Emphasis (AOEs) in Clinical/Residency, Geriatrics & Gerontology, Global Health, Research, and Teaching. AOEs are areas in which candidates complete a concentrated portion of the required professional elective requirements that focus within the area specified. For more see the curriculum pages on our website.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: October 7, 2017 and November 11, 2017. You may go to http://admissions.wvu.edu/visit/discover to learn more about and register for the Fall Discover WVU Days. You may also work through the WVU Visitors Center by scheduling an appointment to complete a campus tour as well as an individual appointment with our professional staff in the Pharm.D. program. You may call 1-800-344-9881 or go to http://admissions.wvu.edu/visit to schedule an appointment for these independent visits. 
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 facilities are part of a multi-disciplinary health sciences center, including the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and 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 is delivered via a systems based therapy approach consisting of six semesters (fall and spring) of didactic work plus experiential rotations throughout the curriculum.  Didactic semesters average 16-21 hours, which include elective courses.  Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) begin in 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 five areas are Clinical/Residency, Research, College Teaching, Global Health, and Geriatric Pharmacy.  A variety of postgraduate residencies and fellowships are available. In addition, students may pursue Ph.D. degrees in biomedical science, pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences, and health outcomes research.

    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.  Prospective 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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: ~180
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 130
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 35
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile or higher preferred
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 30-50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 50-70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3.1:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 61
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 100
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 61  100 
      English Composition 1 & 2  
      Public Speaking  
      General Education Foundation course for Foundation #5: Human Inquiry and the Past*  
      General Education Foundation course for Foundation #6: The Arts & Creativity*  
      General Education Foundation course for Foundation #7: Global Studies & Diversity*  
      Introduction to Calculus or Calculus 1   3 to 4   4 to 5  
      General Biology 1 & 2 with labs   10 
      Microbiology  3 to 4   4 to 5  
      General Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs   10 
      Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs   10 
      Biochemistry  3-4  4-5 
      Physiology course at 200 level or greater  3-4  4-5 
    • Additional Information: 

      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 admitted students and are typically scheduled the week prior to the Fall term.


      *Elective courses must meet the University General Education Foundations (GEF) requirements.  More can be found in the WVU Undergraduate Catalog at http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/.


      Residency Documentation:  Visit http://catalog.wvu.edu/graduate/graduateeducationexpenses/#residencytext for more details.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Supplemental Application fee: 
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2014
      • Details: 

        July through January preferred.

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

        The TOEFL will be required for students who have completed prerequisites at a foreign institution.

      • 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
    • 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? 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts foreign transcript evaluations from WES.

  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
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Letters of Recommendation:
      Three (3) letters are required, two of which must be from faculty who have the ability to evaluate the candidate's 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 March 1, 2018, deadline.


      Jennifer Clutter
      WVU School of Pharmacy
      1122E HSN
      PO Box 9500
      Morgantown, WV 26506-9500


      NOTE:  An unsatisfactory recommendation is sufficient grounds for denial of admission.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • 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
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision: late September, Regular Decision: November through March. 
    • Details: 

      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 November 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 minutes and are followed by a tour and debriefing on the admissions process following interviews.  The typical time spent on campus for the entire process is about 2 hours.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? All communications are electronic via the applicant's e-mail address listed on the PharmCAS application. Decision and/or Acceptance letters are e-mailed within 10 business days following the interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Ten business days from the date of notification. Accepted candidates who fail to respond to offers of acceptance may have their offers rescinded.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $100
      • Due: April 1, 2018 per cooperative admissions guidelines.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • tba 
      • Details: Orientation is mandatory for ALL students. Schedules will be provided in late June, 2018. Dates for Orientation typically fall during the week before the academic semester begins for the Pharm.D. program.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: To be determined. Typically the 3rd Monday in August. Information will be provided at the time of the interview.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Only under extraordinary circumstances will deferred admission be considered.