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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 application opens
  • September 4, 2018: Early decision application deadline
  • September 22 - November 10, 2018 (Saturdays): Fall semester interviews
  • October 19, 2018: Early decision notification
  • January 12 - April 13, 2019 (Saturdays): Spring semester interviews
  • April 1, 2019: Regular decision application deadline
  • Do you have questions or concerns about the Pharm.D. application process? If so, email, start a chat with our Admissions Specialist or schedule a recruitment advising appointment to further discuss.

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Learn More about our Program

Open House
Open Houses are open to anyone interested in the Pharm.D program at VCU School of Pharmacy. Attending an open house gives you the opportunity to learn more about our Pharm.D program, ask questions about the admissions process, tour the MCV Campus, and get a sense of student life from current Pharm.D students. Open Houses are typically held on Fridays from 2:00 - 4:00pm. All participants must be registered at least three days prior to the scheduled Open House they are planning to attend. When planning to cancel or reschedule be sure to contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at least 24 hours in advance (804)-828-3000.

Information Session
Information Sessions are designed with you in mind. Our Admissions Team will travel to your school, class, or organization meeting to provide insights about the pharmacy profession and VCU School of Pharmacy. Each session is led by a representative from the Office of Admissions and Student Services and includes a Q & A or Mock Admissions discussion. If you have a class, club, or group of individuals interested in learning more about VCU School of Pharmacy, feel free to request an information session. Please be sure to submit your request at least two weeks prior to our proposed visit and wait for confirmation as we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

On Campus Visit
An on campus visit to VCU School of Pharmacy features a 30 minute information session, lunch with current Pharm.D students, a campus tour, and a mock admissions session. On campus visits are exclusive to groups of college level individuals that are interested in the Pharm.D program at VCU. Please be sure to submit your request at least three weeks prior to your proposed visit and wait for confirmation as we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Please note that on campus visits can not be scheduled on the weekend.


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
Human Anatomy Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred) 3 4.5
Human Physiology 3 4.5

Course Title | Semester Hours | Quarter Hours

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
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).