West Virginia University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

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


    October 13, 2018 and November 3, 2018. 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


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:

Program Description (back to top)

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, and public health.  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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: ~180
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 130
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 90
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 40
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: 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30-50%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 50-70%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-40
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.8:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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. Students attending schools that only offer Anatomy and Physiology must take the two semester sequence (covering all body systems) to meet this requirement.  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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2014

July through January preferred.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



The TOEFL may 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:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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

School only accepts foreign transcript evaluations from WES.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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, one letter from a math/science faculty instructor and two additional letters from: another faculty member (any subject area), employer, academic advisor, pharmacist or other health care provider.  References should be from individuals 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.  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, 2019, 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


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

Interviews (back to top)

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 April.

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 April.  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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


Amount: $100
Due: April 1, 2018 per cooperative admissions guidelines.
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • tba
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