Admission Requirements

Doctor of Pharmacy Admission Requirements+

Admission to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is competitive, meaning all applications are considered on merit. To process our applications, we use the PharmCAS system. To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you must have:

  • Completed between 64 and 67 college semester hours
  • Completed 28 semester hours of basic science
  • Completed all course prerequisites (includes Calculus I, Elementary Statistics, Physical Education Activity or Lifetime Health and Wellness/Fitness, Psychology or Sociology, Additional Liberal Arts, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Public Speaking, English Composition, Literature, and World History/Western Civilization or U.S./American History). Access our prerequisite course guides.

The below items should be submitted through PharmCAS:

Academic Reference - Completed by a college level math or science professor who has taught you in class. If your school provides recommendations by committee, this is preferred.

Non-Academic Reference - Pharmacist preferred but may be from anyone who has supervised you in a work setting. (If you are re-applying, references are kept for one year. However, at least one new reference is required. You may choose which reference you wish to replace.)

PCAT Score - PCAT Registration (PCAT score code 104). Official scores must be sent directly to PharmCAS. Do not have scores sent to McWhorter School of Pharmacy or Samford University.

TOEFL Score - Learn more here.

Transcripts - An official transcript must be sent provided from each school you have attended. Please print and use the PharmCAS transcript request form.

Academic Update - At the end of the fall term, go to your online application at and update your profile with your new fall grades. Once you have updated your online profile, click the e-submit button to send your new grades to PharmCAS for verification. You also must request that an updated copy of your official transcript, with fall grades posted, be sent directly to PharmCAS. Please print and use the PharmCAS transcript request form.

Supplemental Application - Begin your supplemental application or continue your application
McWhorter School of Pharmacy has extended both the PharmCAS application deadline and the Supplemental Application and ACT/SAT verification deadline to Friday, April 1, 2016. Please visit the PharmCAS website for details and instructions concerning the PharmCAS extension. 

Unofficial copy of an ACT/SAT score - This is to verify the score reported on the Supplemental Application (see application for waivers). The pharmacy admission office does not receive transcripts sent to PharmCAS, nor does PharmCAS report ACT/SAT scores. Photocopies are acceptable and may be mailed directly to:

McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Office of Admission
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, Al 35229
Faxed copies of ACT/SAT scores are acceptable and may be sent to 205-726-4141.

National Pharmacy Technician Certification (optional) - If you have a National Pharmacy Technician Certification {PTCB}, please mail a copy of your certificate to:

McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Office of Admission
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, Al 35229
Faxed copies of PTCB certificate/license are acceptable and may be sent to 205-726-4141.

Please note: It is your responsibility to follow up with the McWhorter School of Pharmacy Office of Admission on items needed to complete your file.

Review the Technical Standards for Admission to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Early Decision through PharmCAS

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy now offers Early Decision (ED) status through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you apply to only one pharmacy degree program and will typically be interviewed and notified of admission decisions earlier than other applicants to the same program. Contact us directly for information on Early Decision eligibility requirements.

Joint Pharmacy/MBA Admission Requirements+

To be considered for admission to the Pharm.D./MBA program, you must first be accepted in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. You will then submit the following materials to the Brock School of Business:

  1. A completed Brock School of Business joint degree application form (do not fill out the online Banner application)
  2. Joint Degree Procedures Form
  3. A resume reflecting work experience and other accomplishments. Resumes should be sent electronically to:
  4. A copy of your original undergraduate transcript(s) from the Pharmacy Student Records or Admissions Office. Copies should be sent electronically to:
  5. A joint degree recommendation waiver form, including your recommender's contact information. Copies of pharmacy school recommendations will not be accepted.
  6. A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score

    Learn more about this program here.

Joint Pharmacy/MPH Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program, you must first be accepted in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. You will then submit the following materials to the School of Public Health:

  1. A completed School of Public Health joint degree application form (do not fill out the online Banner application); view the PharmD/MPH Application
  2. A resume reflecting work experience and other accomplishments. Upload the resume into the application.
  3. Complete an online interview video. A link to the video platform will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of the application.

For any questions regarding the application, please contact Marian Carter at 205-726-2611 or

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Joint Pharmacy/Business Minor Admission Requirements+

As with the Pharm.D./MBA joint degree, to be considered for the Pharm.D./Business Minor program, you must first be accepted into the School of Pharmacy first. Once you have been accepted, you must:

  1. Submit a completed Brock School of Business application form
  2. Be in good academic standing with the pharmacy program

For specific information about other specific materials that must be provided to the business school, contact Elizabeth Gambrell at 205-726-2040 or

Download a printable application checklist.

Students enrolling at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy in fall 2014 or later will receive a B.S. in Pharmacy Related Studies after successful completion of their second professional year of pharmacy school. This allows for easier enrollment in dual degree programs for those student pharmacists interested in doing so.

Joint Pharmacy/ Master of Public Health admission requirements are coming soon. Check back for more information.

Spring 2016 Interview Dates:

Saturday, January 9
Saturday, February 6
Saturday, February 20
Thursday, March 3
Saturday, March 12
Saturday, April 2
Saturday, April 16

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting Disability Resources at 205-726-2980 or

Technical Standards for Admission to MSOP

In order to comply and proceed with the mission of MSOP, noted earlier in this section, technical standards for admission are a necessity, which ensures the education of pharmacists who facilitate competent patient care and professional services in all facets of healthcare. Students admitted to MSOP must possess the intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities, with reasonable accommodations as needed for those with disabilities, to acquire the knowledge, behaviors, and skills needed to complete the curriculum. These standards are essential to ensure the competencies of graduates of MSOP. Each applicant to MSOP will be assessed in the academic and technical standards set forth by the admissions committee, notwithstanding reasonable accommodations, prior to matriculation.
The doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree identifies persons who have completed the curriculum necessary to perform the functions of a pharmacist; thus, graduates must convey and demonstrate abilities to preserve the safety and protection of public interests. Moreover, applicants for the Pharm.D. degree must be able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform specific essential functions that the faculty deem requisite for the practice of pharmacy. These functions fall into several categories including: communication, physical abilities, conceptual, interpretative, quantitative, behavioral, and social skills. Applicants must also have the physical and emotional stamina to perform in a competent manner in practice settings that involve heavy workloads and/or stressful stimuli. Furthermore, MSOP has determined that those individuals currently impaired by alcohol or substance abuse cannot meet the technical standards.


Candidates must be able to speak, hear, and observe patients in a practice setting. They must be able to record information accurately and clearly, speak fluent English, and communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Candidates must also be able to communicate effectively-and accurately-with other members of the healthcare team in oral and written form, and in patient care settings in which decisions based upon those communications must be made rapidly. Students must also be able to both receive and deliver all necessary communication in an accurate, timely, and easily understood manner.

Physical Abilities

Candidates must possess sufficient visual, auditory, tactile and motor abilities to allow them to gather data from written reference material, from oral presentations, by observing demonstrations and experiments, by studying various types of medical illustrations, by observing a patient and his/her environment, by observing clinical procedures performed by others, by reading digital or analog representations of physiologic phenomena, and by performing basic physical examination techniques on a patient. Candidates must have sufficient physical function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers necessary to assess a patient. Candidates must have the physical ability and manual dexterity to compound sterile and non-sterile products in an environment and manner compliant with existing regulations.

Interpretative, Conceptual, and Quantitative

Candidates must have effective and efficient learning techniques and habits that allow mastery of the complex curriculum. They must be able to learn through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, classroom instruction, small group activities, individual study, preparation and presentation of reports, and use of computer technology. They must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, transcribe verbal messages accurately, and interpret written prescriptions accurately. Candidates must possess physical, emotional, and interpretative skills to complete examination and assessment requirements of the program in compliance with the curricular schedule. Candidates must possess like skills to be able to fully assess a patient with regard to physical status, patient communication, and behavior plus patient outward presentation which might be indicative of the patient’s status. Candidates must be able to read, comprehend and respond to serial information related to a medical situation or patient.

Behavioral, Social and Emotional Attributes

Candidates must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of pharmacy and function within the guidelines established by the law and by the ethical standards of the pharmacy profession. They must be able to relate to patients and their families, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team with courtesy, maturity, and respect for the dignity of individuals. This requires that they place the welfare of their patients foremost, and demonstrate honesty, integrity, dedication, compassion and nondiscrimination in the care of their patients. Candidates must, at all times, demonstrate the emotional stability to be able to exercise good judgment, and carry out prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of their patients in a sensitive and effective manner. This sensitivity includes self-examination of personal attitudes, perceptions, and stereotypes in order to avoid potential negative impact on relationships and patient care. Applicants must be of sufficient emotional health to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and professional responsibility to their patients, and learn to function in an environment of uncertainty, in which changes may occur rapidly and without warning. Candidates must have sufficient emotional health to perform to standard in all experiential settings and in all acceptable teaching practices. An individual with a diagnosed disability may function as a pharmacy student as long as the above technical standards are fulfilled.


The study and ongoing practice of pharmacy may involve taxing workloads and stressful situations. A pharmacy student must have the physical and emotional stamina to maintain a high level of function in the face of such working conditions. In the event of a deteriorating behavioral, social or emotional function, it is essential that a pharmacy student be willing to engage in dialogue with MSOP officials as soon as there is evidence that the student is not meeting the technical standards.
A pharmacy student whose actions or decisions pose a danger to self, patients and/or colleagues will not be allowed to continue in the program unless the student agrees to accept professional help under conditions acceptable to MSOP.
Applicants are advised to contact the board of pharmacy of the states in which they intend to practice to be aware of any technical standards of those states which might restrict options to practice pharmacy.