The School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences selects students based on pre-pharmacy academic performance, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) or Graduate School Record Exam (GRE), personal interviews, written applications, and letters of recommendation.
1. Prior to matriculation, applicants to FDU's School of Pharmacy should complete 90 semester hours of coursework at any regionally accredited college or university, including the following required courses:
8 semester hours General Biology with Lab
8 semester hours Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
8 semester hours General Chemistry with Lab
8 semester hours Organic Chemistry with Lab
8 semester hours Physics with Lab
3 semester hours Biochemistry
3 semester hours Calculus
3 semester hours Applied Statistics
3 semester hours Speech or Professional Communication
3 semester hours Macroeconomics or Microeconomics
3 semester hours English Composition
32 semester hours Free Electives
90 semester hours Total
Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor's degree.
2. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants should have a prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale, with no prerequisite course grade lower than a 2.0 . A cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended.
3. Applicants have the option to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).** Scores must be no more than three years old. Applicants should take the PCAT or GRE no later than March 1st.
Registration information for the PCAT or GRE:
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
4. Three letters of recommendation: Two academic references, at least one from a science professor; the third can be from anyone that knows you well who is not a relative, so it may be a supervisor or other professional. (A pharmacist is highly recommended but not required). Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service).
** Applicants with a Bachelor's degree and cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or better (3.3 or better for FDU undergraduates) who have received a grade of 2.67 (B-) in all prerequisite courses are waived from the standardized testing requirements.
All course work taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence. It is the applicant's responsibility to have foreign coursework evaluated. Course evaluations with calculated overall grade point average must be sent directly to the college. Foreign Coursework can be evaluated by one of the services listed below:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3470
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, New York 10113-0745
Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants if English is your second language. An applicant can prove English proficiency through one of the following ways:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (school code 7768) version with a minimum composite score of 90.
Completing two college level English composition courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. English as a Second Language (ESL) and English courses offered abroad as foreign language courses are not accepted.