Applicants for admission to the School of Pharmacy must attend an accredited college for at least three academic years (nine quarters or six semesters) and complete the specified course requirements prior to admission.
Students planning to seek a degree in pharmacy upon high school graduation should plan their high school program to meet the requirements for admission in the college where they will take the prerequisite work for admission into the VCU School of Pharmacy.
The minimal admission requirements are listed. (Meeting these requirements does not, however, guarantee acceptance into the VCU School of Pharmacy.)
Three letters of reference are required. These include a reference from a science professor, a health professional (pharmacist preferred) and an employer.
An official transcript from the student’s primary college and all colleges attended must be supplied. Applications are considered by the Admissions Committee only after transcripts on file show completion of no less than four semesters or six quarters of college work. When offered, an acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory completion of specific work that may be in progress.
Applicants must present the required credits in the following subject areas for a total of at least 90 semester hours.
|General biology (lecture and laboratory)||8|
|College chemistry (lecture and laboratory)||8|
|Organic chemistry (lecture and laboratory)||8|
|Physics (lecture and laboratory)||4|
|Biomedical science foundation and elective courses||35|
* One hour of lab in these subjects also preferred
Due to the importance of a strong biomedical science foundation for success in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, some or all of the courses listed below are recommended.
|Genetics or molecular biology||3|
The electives will comprise a balanced program in social sciences, arts and humanities. Electives in computer science, economics, psychology and sociology are highly recommended. Others include political science, anthropology, history, foreign languages, philosophy and religious studies.
The following criteria are considered in judging applicants:
Time demands for this full-time program are rigorous. In general, the first three years require a Monday–Friday (8 a.m.–6 p.m.) commitment for lectures, conferences, laboratories and off-campus visits to area pharmacy practice sites. The fourth year is devoted to experiential learning at sites located throughout Virginia. Students enrolling in the four-year professional degree program must agree to the possibility of being assigned to sites beyond the Richmond metropolitan area (e.g., eastern, northern or western Virginia). Candidates must assess personal obligations prior to seeking application.
VCU does not discriminate against qualified applicants for admission who have disabilities, and seeks to provide reasonable accommodation to applicants and admitted students who identify themselves as having disabilities. Academic requirements essential to the program or to directly related licensing requirements will not be substituted. Upon acceptance into the program, students in need of accommodation may contact the MCV Campus coordinator for students with disabilities at (804) 828-9782 to discuss their needs.
Further information may be obtained by writing to the Chair, Admissions Committee, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 980581, Richmond, VA 23298-0581. Applicants also may call a toll-free telephone number, (800) 330-0519 for assistance.
Last update: 9/21/2011
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