Find the prescription for success

As the only PharmD school in California to provide a free immersive CPJE test preparation to its graduates and one of the few schools in California with a three year accelerated program, the Pacific PharmD will open the door for your future career in pharmacy. 

The Pacific PharmD recently launched a summer immersive program, Rx For Success, designed to prepare its pharmacy graduates for the licensure exam. Pacific graduates who participated in this program passed at an average of 83 percent — higher than any other university in California.

Apply to the PharmD program

The PharmD program at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy allows you to become a pharmacist through our accelerated three-year program with or without a bachelor’s degree.

If you’re ready to start building toward a successful career in pharmacy, review our admission requirements and learn why you should apply to the PharmD degree program!

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is NOT required.

Application deadlines

Final application deadline: June 3, 2024

The 2023-24 PharmD admissions cycle begins July 13, 2023. Applicants may start and submit the application as soon as it is available.

Learn more about application deadlines.

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Get your application questions answered

We provide an environment where you can thrive. Our faculty and staff are committed to your growth — academically, personally and professionally.

Attend an event to get all your questions regarding our PharmD admission requirements or the application process answered.

Overview of the PharmD application process

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy uses the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for prospective students to submit their PharmD application. Through PharmCAS, applicants complete an initial PharmCAS application along with a supplemental application for the School.

Doctor of pharmacy prerequisites

To gain admission into the PharmD program, you must hold a minimum of 68 semester units of college-level coursework, including all of the requirements listed below. All requirements must be completed, in progress or planned before application review.

Upon the completion of the PharmD application, University of the Pacific will perform an evaluation of your coursework and identify any missing prerequisites. If any coursework is missing, you will be notified and asked to provide any missing coursework to your schedule.

To ensure that all requirements have been met, it is to your advantage to apply early.

Applicants who have completed or have a plan in place to complete all of the prerequisites prior to entering our program are eligible to apply. Online coursework is not acceptable for science requirements or public speaking.

Note: Due to COVID-19, we are accepting online courses for all prerequisites completed during spring 2020 through fall 2022. Courses must be completed with a letter grade, as pass/no pass or credit/no credit is not acceptable.

You have through the summer prior to entrance to complete your prerequisites, with the exception of organic chemistry. We must have a grade for the first semester of organic chemistry no later than the fall semester prior to the year you are applying.

It is recommended that all science requirements be completed at a four-year institution. Review our list of transferable courses to determine if you have met the requirements.

You must inform us in writing of all changes to your schedule, including changes that are not related to pharmacy prerequisites, via the Planned Courses form. You must also notify us immediately if you will not receive a bachelor’s degree as anticipated.

University of the Pacific has no expiration of prerequisite coursework. For the PharmD program, the School reserves the right to ask a student to enroll in refresher courses in organic chemistry and biology after reviewing the applicant's academic transcripts. Such requests are typically made if it has been longer than seven years since completion of the prerequisite coursework. Please contact the Office of Admission at pharmdadmission@pacific.edu for additional information.

The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for the PharmD program is 2.70. Students who have lower than the minimum cumulative GPA can be considered under extenuating circumstances. Please contact the Office of Pharmacy Admission at pharmdadmission@pacific.edu for additional information.

Transcript requirements

Applicants must send PharmCAS one official transcript from every accredited school attended within the United States. Send all completed courses to date, if available. If not, summer session and fall grades should be updated through PharmCAS after grades are posted. Do not wait to apply or neglect to send what is available due to summer session enrollment.

You must also send one official transcript from U.S. schools that are not regionally accredited (vocational, technical, or language schools) to Pacific.

NOTE: You should send transcripts and evaluations as soon as you begin your application to avoid delays.

If you have studied outside the United States, you must send PharmCAS an official copy of the World Educational Services International Credential Advantage Package. To order, go to wes.org. Courses taken during a study abroad program through a U.S. institution are exempt.

If you completed coursework in the military, you must send an official copy of the ACE transcript and DD214 form directly to Pacific.

AP/IB/CLEP test scores

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy only requires test scores if you use an exam to fulfill a prerequisite. Please be sure to report your scores in the supplemental application section on the PharmCAS site. If admitted, you will be required to send an official copy of the score report at that time.

You must have scored a 4 or 5 in AP or a 5, 6 or 7 in higher-level IB exams to fulfill a prerequisite. We do not accept exam scores for biology or chemistry.

 

TOEFL or IELTS score

If English is not your first language, you may be required to submit an appropriate TOEFL or IELTS exam. However, students who have lived in the U.S. for more than six years and earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree are automatically exempt.

Learn more about submitting your TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Future pharmacists inspired to become patient care advocates

Learn why our PharmD students chose Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy for their education. Listen to our students’ experience at the School as they share the type of pharmacist they hope to become.

Why apply to the PharmD program at University of the Pacific?

High NAPLEX exam pass rate

Pacific PharmD graduates have consistently had a higher first-time pass rate for the NAPLEX exam than the national average. We also offer a first-of-its-kind, immersive three-week residential CPJE and NAPLEX preparatory program! 

Start impacting patients’ lives now

Since 2007, Pacific’s Medicare Part D Outreach Clinics have assisted nearly 10,500 patients with their Medicare Part D drug plan, helping patients save an estimated total of $10.12 million.

Through student-led outreach programs, you interact directly with patients, providing vital health care services to members of our community.

Contact us

Office of Pharmacy Admission

Have questions about Pacific’s PharmD program?

Tony Williams
Director of Recruitment
209.946.3957 | pharmacyrecruiting@pacific.edu

Have questions about the admission process?
209.932.3600 | pharmdadmission@pacific.edu

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Apply to the PharmD program to help patients live healthier lives

From clinical pharmacy to independent pharmacy ownership, our graduates lead successful health careers. Take the next step toward a fulfilling vocation by submitting your application to the doctor of pharmacy degree program today.