Pharmacy Admissions Process & Requirements

Pharmacy Application Process

Application Through PharmCAS

PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) is a centralized service that offers the convenience of one general application for multiple Pharm.D. programs.

To apply to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, submit the following directly to PharmCAS.

  • Online application to PharmCAS
  • PharmCAS fee
  • PCAT scores
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications must be received by PharmCAS no later than March 1.

We recommend you complete the application process EARLY!

Incomplete applications will not be processed by PharmCAS or the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Complete applications for admission will be processed upon receipt. The Admissions Committee will identify and invite the most qualified candidates to campus for an interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of a decision on a rolling basis.

Special Instructions for International Applicants/Foreign Transcripts

WSOP requires TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based). Foreign transcripts must be sent to an evaluation service for a course-by course report. Send this report directly to PharmCAS. The PharmCAS website has a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation services.

Criminal Background Check Requirements

If you are accepted to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, you will be subject to a criminal background check. You are required to complete this procedure prior to matriculation into the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. It is your responsibility to assume expenses related to this requirement. You must follow procedures for completing a criminal background check as instructed by the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Read the entire Criminal Background Check (CBC) Policy [pdf]

Additional Information

Contact Information

St. John Fisher College
Office of Graduate Admissions
Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(800) 444-4640 or (585) 385-8161
Email: pharmacy@sjfc.edu

Pharmacy Pre-Professional Course Requirements

Admission to the Pharm.D. program requires the equivalent of two years, or 62 semester hours, of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university.

Application may be made after completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework.

Minimum specific prerequisite course requirements are:

General Course Requirements

Total 24 semester hours

  • English/Literature - 6 semester hours. One course must be English writing/composition
  • Speech - 3 semester hours (recommend Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)
  • Economics - 3 semester hours (recommend Microeconomics)
  • Humanities and or Social/Behavioral Sciences - 12 semester hours

Science and Math Requirements

Total 38 semester hours

  • Calculus - 3 semester hours
  • Statistics - 3 semester hours
  • General Chemistry - 8 semester hours w/lab
  • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours w/lab
  • Physics - 4 semester hours w/lab
  • Biology - 12 semester hours w/lab

Grades below "C" cannot be accepted toward completion of these requirements. All science courses (chemistry, biology, physics) must include a laboratory with each lecture. Advanced placement courses are not accepted for science courses. All pre-professional course work must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy.

Minimum GPA (Grade Point Average)

Minimum cumulative and science GPAs of 2.75 are required to be considered for admission. However, most students accepted to the program have performed at a much higher level.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)

The PCAT assesses one’s skills necessary to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. You must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send your PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. The reporting code is 104.

You must take the PCAT on or before the January test date to be considered for fall admission to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. For more information, visit the PCAT website or call 1 (800) 622-3231.

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