PharmD program applicants
Prerequisite courses, GPA and grades
- The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program requires at least 62 semester credit hours of undergraduate study at a regionally accredited college or university (or an equivalent institution as determined by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS), followed by four years of study in the professional program.
- Applicants must have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better by the end of the summer term prior to matriculation in August of that year. In general, all courses must have been completed within seven years preceding matriculation into the pharmacy school. Exceptions may be considered upon review of a student's full application. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed coursework within 5 years preceding admission.
- Our recommended GPA is a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a math/science GPA of 2.75.
Pharmacy College Admission Test/PCAT
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required for all applicants. Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in the summer or fall, but the February and April PCATs are also accepted.
We also accept the GRE, MCAT, DAT, GMAT and LSAT if you have taken them within the last three years. The PCAT is preferred. If you have not yet taken a graduate standardized admissions exam, you must take the PCAT. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An applicant’s PCAT scores cannot be older than three years. Binghamton University SOPPS does not have a minimum PCAT score. Scores at or above the national average are considered highly competitive for entry.
- Applicants must satisfy the PharmD Technical Standards.
- All pharmacy students must be able to communicate effectively in the English language, both spoken and written communications. The school’s admission committee will consider communication a valuable skill for pursuing a career in pharmacy.
- All admitted and enrolled PharmD students must complete a yearly criminal background check and a drug screening from a vendor approved by the school at the student’s expense.
- All applicants must submit an up-to-date record of all required immunizations; this must be on file with the Binghamton University Decker Student Health Services Center and the Office for Student Affairs within the School of Pharmacy.
- Enrolled students must provide proof of health insurance or proof of Binghamton University health insurance.
- All students will be required to have their own laptop computer on entry into the pharmacy school. If you are unable to afford a computer, the Office for Student Affairs in the pharmacy school will work with you to obtain one.
Steps you can take to become a strong applicant
Whether you just became interested in pharmacy or you are in the process of applying, there are steps you can take to learn more about the profession of pharmacy and become a stronger applicant. After you have reviewed the application requirements above, as well as required prerequisite courses, technical standards and our application process, start investigating your options and make efforts to get in-person experience through:
- Job shadowing in hospitals or community pharmacies
- Conducting informational interviews with pharmacists
- Volunteering or working in a pharmacy as a technician
- Joining a pre-pharmacy or pre-health club at your school
- Visiting local schools and colleges of pharmacy
- Volunteering for health-related events in your community
- Becoming familiar with current news and trends in pharmacy