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
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|
|Human Anatomy Lecture (in addition, 1 SH of lab is preferred)||3||4.5||Physics Lab||1||1.5|
* 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).
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.