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Prerequisites for Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 73

Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 46

Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 109.5

Applicants for the VCU School of Pharmacy must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the summer term before fall classes begin in the year of their admission. 


Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
General Biology  6  9
General Biology Lab  2  3

Microbiology Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred) 

 3  4.5
Biochemistry Lecture  3  4.5

English (to include 1 semester of composition and rhetoric) *

 6  9
Calculus  3  4.5
Statistics  3  4.5
Public Speaking/Communication**  3  4.5
Elective Courses***  18  27
General Chemistry Lecture  6  9
General Chemistry Lab  2  3
Organic Chemistry Lecture  6  9
Organic Chemistry Lab  2  3
Physics Lecture  3  4.5
Physics Lab  1  1.5
Human Anatomy Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred)  3  4.5
Human Physiology  3  4.5
TOTAL  73  109.5

Additional information

* At least 3 semester hours of composition and rhetoric are required. Up to 3 semester hours can be fulfilled with documentation of a writing-intensive course.

** Public speaking/communication courses must be taken "live and in person" and may not be taken online.

*** Due to the importance of a strong biomedical science foundation in the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program, some or all of these courses are highly recommended: genetics (3 SH), molecular biology (3 SH), immunology (3 SH) and cell biology (3 SH). Any of these four courses will count toward the minimum of 18 semester hours of electives. All other general electives must be nonmath and nonscience courses. Recommended elective choices are computer science, economics, business, history, foreign languages, philosophy, political science and sociology. The 18 semester hours of nonmath/nonscience electives will be considered fulfilled if an applicant provides an official transcript documenting the completion of his or her baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment in the doctor of pharmacy degree program.

NOTE: AP (Advanced Placement tests of the College Board) and/or IB (International Bac- calaureate) courses will not be accepted for science prerequisites other than physics, although higher-level courses in the same subject area may be substituted (e.g., physical chemistry for general chemistry). AP/IB credit in physics, calculus, statistics, English and general elective courses will be accepted with a minimum score of 3 (AP) or 4 (IB).