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Why VCU School of Pharmacy

We are the oldest pharmacy school in Virginia, tracing our roots back to 1898. Our primary teaching facilities are located on the Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond, the state capital. We are 1 of 18 Health Science Centers nationwide meaning that our campus has four other health sciences schools and a major academic health center with several hospitals and clinics that offer tremendous opportunities for hands- on patient care. Moreover, we have satellite campuses at INOVA and the University of Virginia extending our reach and providing additional perspectives on healthcare delivery. We partner with seven community organizations that welcome student pharmacists who are interested in areas such as geriatrics, cardiology, mental health, ambulatory care, and underserved communities. Most importantly, we believe our students will help shape the future of healthcare. Take the time to get to know us and see what we have to offer.

You can contact us at (804) 828-3000 – or toll-free at (800) 330-0519 -- if you have questions about admissions, academic requirements or career options within the profession.

We hope to hear from you soon!
Kelechi C. Ogbonna, Pharm.D., MSHA
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services

Application Timeline

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  • July 18, 2018: PharmCAS opens for class of 2023 admissions applications
  • Sept. 4, 2018: Early decision application deadline
  • Sept. 6-7 and Oct. 22-Nov. 2, 2018: Fall semester PCAT exam dates
  • Sept. 22-Nov. 10, 2018 (Saturdays): Fall semester interview days
  • Oct. 19, 2018: Early decision notification deadline
  • Jan. 3-4, 2019: Spring semester PCAT exam dates
  • Jan. 12-March 16, 2019 (Saturdays): Spring semester interview days
  • March 1, 2019: Regular decision application deadline
  • Most Fridays year-round: Open houses beginning at 2-4p.m. | for details call (804) 828-3000
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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 Public Speaking/Communication** 3 4.5
General Biology Lab 2 3 Elective Courses** 18 27
Microbiology Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred) 3 4.5 General Chemistry Lecture 6 9
Biochemistry Lecture 3 4.5 General Chemistry Lab 2 3
English (to include 1 semester of composition and rhetoric)* 6 9 Organic Chemistry Lecture 6 9
Calculus 3 4.5 Organic Chemistry Lab 2 3
Statistics 3 4.5 Physics Lecture 3 4.5
Human Anatomy Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred) 3 4.5 Physics Lab 1 1.5
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 non-math and non-science courses. Recommended elective choices are computer science, economics, business, history, foreign languages, philosophy, political science and sociology. The 18 semester hours of non-math/non-science 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).

Why VCU School of Pharmacy

Our mission is to achieve excellence in our Pharm.D. and graduate programs through innovative education and leading-edge research. Our aim is to graduate outstanding future pharmacists and scientists who will improve human health, foster exemplary research, and provide sustaining contributions to Interprofessional patient care.

Educational Outcomes

  1. 1. Foundational Knowledge

    1. 1.1 Foundational Knowledge - The graduate is able to develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., biomedical, pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.
  2. 2. Essentials for Practical Care

    1. 2.1 Patient-Centered Care - The graduate is able to provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret patient information; prioritize and formulate assessments and recommendations into a plan; implement, monitor and adjust plans; and document activities) to optimize health outcomes.
    2. 2.2 Medication Use Systems Management - The graduate is able to apply professional standards to manage patient health care needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
    3. 2.3 Health and Wellness - The graduate is able to implement evidence-based prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to improve health and wellness and manage disease.
    4. 2.4 Population-Based Care - The graduate is able to use population-based health data to interpret practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices to provide patient-centered care.
  3. 3. Approach to Practice and Care

    1. 3.1 Problem Solving - The graduate is able to identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.
    2. 3.2 Education - The graduate is able to educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess learning.
    1. 3.3 Patient Advocacy - The graduate is able to represent the patient’s best interests by considering individual differences, values, preferences and needs when providing patient-centered care.
    2. 3.4 Interprofessional Collaboration - The graduate is able to engage and actively participate in shared decision making as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.
    3. 3.5 Cultural Sensitivity - The graduate is able to recognize social determinants of health and diminish healthcare disparities in access to and delivery of quality care.
    4. 3.6 Communication - The graduate is able to effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with individuals, groups, and organizations.
  1. 4. Personal and Professional Development

    1. 4.1 Self-Awareness - The graduate is able to enhance personal and professional growth through reflection on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions.
    2. 4.2 Leadership - The graduate is able to demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.
    3. 4.3 Innovation and Entrepreneurship - The graduate is able to engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.
    4. 4.4 Professionalism - The graduate is able to exhibit professional behaviors, ethics, and values consistent with the VCU School of Pharmacy attributes of professionalism that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.