Wingate University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jean Tarlton 
      • Coordinator of Pharmacy Admissions 
      • School of Pharmacy Admissions 
      • 515 N Main Street 
      • P.O. Box 159 
      • Wingate 
      • North Carolina 
      • 28174 
      • Phone (Work): 704-233-8324 
      • Phone (Fax): 704-233-8332 
      • Email: 

      • Katie Golfus 
      • Admissions Counselor 
      • 515 N. Main Street 
      • Wingate 
      • North Carolina 
      • 28174 
      • Phone (Work): 704-233-8633 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 5, 2013 
      • Details: Or to schedule a one-on-one information session please call 704-233-8331. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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:
      • Wingate University School of Pharmacy - Hendersonville, NC 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Wingate University School of Pharmacy opened its doors to applicants in 2002, with the charter class beginning its program of study in August 2003. The charter class graduated from Wingate University on May 12, 2007. The class size has been capped at 90 on our Wingate campus and 18 on our Hendersonville campus to assure special attention to every student. This year, 688 applications were received. The average entering prerequisite grade point average for the class entering in August 2013 is 3.56 and the mean PCAT percentile score is 55. All Wingate University pharmacy faculty members have made a commitment to excellence in the classroom; and all classes are taught by faculty possessing terminal doctoral degrees. No courses, discussions, case studies or laboratories are taught by graduate students or teaching assistants.

    The Wingate University School of Pharmacy has been fully accredited. The accrediting agency for schools of pharmacy is the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The accreditation process was initiated in 2002, and precandidate status was awarded in 2003, and candidate status was awarded in 2004 and reaffirmed in 2005 and again in 2006. Full accreditation was formally awarded upon graduation of the charter class in 2007. This is the normal accreditation process and timeline for all schools of pharmacy. Additionally, the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) approved the University to award the doctoral degree (Doctor of Pharmacy Degree) in 2004.

    Wingate University School of Pharmacy is in strict compliance with the accreditation guidelines of the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education. Wingate University School of Pharmacy intends to be nationally recognized as a leader in the education of pharmacists. It seeks to reach this goal by providing a student-centered environment that will facilitate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, scholarly inquiry and service to the institution, the profession and the community.

    The five salient qualities and expectations of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy graduate are:

    (i)   outstanding moral character
    (ii)  excellence in interpersonal communication skills
    (iii) complete competence in pharmaceutical care
    (iv) strong abilities in problem solving, and
    (v)  the highest professional commitment to the patient, the community, and the employer.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 178
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 108
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 108
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 22%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 33%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 67%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.56
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 178
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-43 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 61 - 67
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 61 - 67
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 61 - 67   
      General Chemistry I & II w/ lab, for science majors  
      Communications (public speaking, interpersonal communications) 
      Other (History or additional humanities) 
      Organic Chemistry I & II w/lab for science majors 
      General Biology w/lab for science majors 
      Human Anatomy & Physiology (one course covering the whole body or a two (2) course progression)  3-8  3-8 
      Microbiology w/lab for science majors 
      Economics (Micro, Macro or General) 
      English (Composition and Literature) 
      Humanities (Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Religion, Ethics, Foreign Language, Anthropology) 
      Physics w/lab 

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 5 years
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Experience is not required but is benificial during the interview process.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • 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? Yes
    • 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: N/A 

  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
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October through March 
    • Details: 

      After a preliminary assessment of the applicant pool, the most qualified applicants are invited for a personal interview at Wingate University with members of the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Telephone interviews are not permitted. Competitiveness is determined by an evaluation of an applicant's grades, particularly in the prerequisite courses, and all application materials. During the interview, applicants are evaluated in a variety of areas including motivation, communication skills, personal characteristics, critical thinking/decision-making abilities and knowledge of the profession of pharmacy and issues affecting health care. Interviewed candidates are ranked comparatively on criteria that include academic preparedness, effective communicative and interpersonal skills, cognitive skills and aptitude for the professional program.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Upon a successful interview applicants will receive an acceptance letter in the mail within a week.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 10 business days
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $2000.00
      • Due: within 10 business days of receiving letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 13, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 18, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No