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. The PharmCAS application for Fall 2018 is now open, and the deadline in March 1, 2018. The requirements and process for admission are outlined below. Additional requirements apply for dual degree programs.
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.
Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree may use a math/science prerequisite if the date of the pharmacy application is submitted within five years from the posting of the degree (with the exception of Public Speaking, all other pre-requisites are waived if the applicant has completed a B.A./B.S. degree or if a B.A./B.S. degree will be completed prior to starting classes at McWhorter School of Pharmacy). Applicants who have not earned a bachelor’s degree may use a math/science prerequisite if that coursework was completed within five years of the submission of the pharmacy application. For all applicants, there is no time limit on any non-math/science prerequisite coursework. An appeal process is available for math/science prerequisites that fall outside the five-year window of completion.
With the understanding that an applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and in the Math/Science prerequisites to be considered, the applicant can be invited for an interview if any one of the following three criteria is met:
- Overall GPA greater than or equal to 2.75 and McWhorter School of Pharmacy Math/Science Pre-requisite GPA greater than or equal to 2.75.
- PCAT composite score greater than or equal to the 60th percentile.
- GPA of most recent 30 credit hours greater than or equal to 3.20.
The applicant must have completed or currently be enrolled in Organic Chemistry 1 during the fall semester to be eligible to be interviewed.
Once the Pharmacy Admission Committee reviews the applicant's file to determine interview or deny, the Pharmacy Admission Office will notify the applicant of the decision. Applicants receiving an interview invitation will be notified via e-mail with the dates for the upcoming interviews. The e-mail will instruct the applicant to contact the Pharmacy Admission Office to confirm an interview appointment.
Fall 2017 Interview Dates
- September 23 (Early decision only)
- October 28
- November 18
- December 16
PharmCAS application at pharmcas.org:
Academic Reference: This should be completed by a college math or science professor who has taught you in class. If your school provides recommendations by committee, this is preferred.
Nonacademic Reference: A pharmacist is preferred, but this may be from anyone who has supervised you in a work setting. Letters from family members will not be accepted.
PCAT Score: Official scores must be sent directly to PharmCAS (PCAT score code: 104). Do not have scores sent to McWhorter School of Pharmacy or Samford University. Go to pcatweb.info for registration information.
- Important: PharmCAS matches PCAT scores to applications based on the PCAT CID. Enter the PCAT CID on the PharmCAS application. This number appears on the PCAT registration confirmation, admission ticket and personal score report. If the PCAT CID is missing, PharmCAS cannot match or forward the PCAT score. Applicants who do not report a PCAT CID must contact PharmCAS at 617-612-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transcripts: An official transcript must be sent to PharmCAS 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 pharmcas.org 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 fall 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 information will be included on the PharmCAS program specific “Questions” area for Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
An unofficial copy of an ACT or SAT score should be uploaded to the “Documents” section of the PharmCAS application for Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
If you have a National Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCB), you may also upload a copy of your license to the “Documents” section of the PharmCAS application for Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
Reappalication Process Information: Individuals reapplying to McWhorter School of Pharmacy must complete a new PharmCAS application. Applicants must resubmit PCAT scores to PharmCAS. Applicants may replace either or both the academic or nonacademic recommendation but applicants will be required to replace at least one of them.
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. Learn more about Early Decision.
Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting Disability Resources at 205-726-2980 or email@example.com.