2021-2022 Admission Timeline

July 14
Application Opens
Sept. 1
Early Action Deadline
Nov. 1
Priority Deadline
Feb. 1
Scholarship Deadline
June 1
Application Closes

Admission to McWhorter School of Pharmacy is competitive and all applications are considered on merit. The requirements and process for admission are outlined below. The PharmCAS application opens on July 14, 2021 and closes June 1, 2022 for those applying for a fall 2022 entry term. Additional requirements may apply for joint degree programs.

Application Timeline

McWhorter School of Pharmacy uses PharmCAS to process applications. The current application cycle is for prospective students who are interested in starting pharmacy school in fall 2022. Below is an outline of important application deadlines.

July 14: PharmCAS Application Opens

This is the first day you will be able to access the PharmCAS application for the fall 2022 entry term.

Sept. 1: Early Action Deadline

Those who complete their applications by Sept. 1 are given early action status. In meeting this deadline, McWhorter School of Pharmacy agrees to cover the PharmCAS application fee. (Before you submit the PharmCAS application, send us an email at pharmacyadmit@samford.edu to receive a coupon code. You will have 48 hours to submit your application once the coupon code is delivered.) If admitted, you will receive a $2,500 early action scholarship, and in addition, you will receive priority consideration for merit scholarships.

Nov. 1: Priority Deadline

Complete your application by Nov. 1, and McWhorter School of Pharmacy will cover the PharmCAS application fee. (Before you submit the PharmCAS application, send us an email at pharmacyadmit@samford.edu to receive a coupon code. You will have 48 hours to submit your application once the coupon code is delivered.) In addition, you will receive priority consideration for merit scholarships.

Feb. 1: Scholarship Deadline

Complete your application by Feb. 1, and you will be eligible for both merit scholarships and endowed scholarships offered by the school.

June 1: Application Deadline

This is the final day that you will be able to access the PharmCAS application for the fall 2022 entry term. Your application must be completed by this date to be considered.

Admission Requirements

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

The PCAT exam is not required for admission to Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, nor is it used in the admission process.


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 and spring terms, 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.

Additional Items/Test Scores

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. The ACT/SAT requirement is waived for any applicant who holds a prior B.A. or B.S. degree in any major or if the test was taken more than 12 years prior to submission of pharmacy application to PharmCAS. But the ACT/SAT is required if a degree that is anticipated within the application cycle has not yet been received.

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 may replace either or both the academic or nonacademic recommendation but applicants will be required to replace at least one of them.

Required Prerequisites

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 prior to the summer before starting pharmacy school (including 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) with a grade of C or higher for all math and science courses and a grade of C- or higher for all general education courses (non-math/science)
  • 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.

Access our Prerequisite Course Guides

Interview Eligibility

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 four criteria is met:

  1. Overall GPA greater than or equal to 2.75
  2. General education prerequisite GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 and McWhorter School of Pharmacy Math/Science prerequisite GPA greater than or equal to 2.75.
  3. GPA of most recent 30 credit hours (must include at least 6 credits of math or science) greater than or equal to 3.20.
  4. Those with a career or history of service to one’s country or community:
    • U.S. Armed Forces/Veterans (Full-time Active Service)
    • Full-Time 1st Responders (Police, EMT, Fire)
    • Missionaries/Full-time ministry
    • Eagle Scout/Gold Award
    • Full-time primary, secondary or post-secondary educator
    • Other licensed health professional above the technician level
    • Others taken under consideration on a case by case basis

Applicants can be interviewed with prerequisite courses yet to be completed, but they must complete Organic Chemistry 1 with a grade of C or higher by the end of the spring semester of the application cycle to be eligible for admission.

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.

Upcoming Interview Dates 

  • Saturday, Sept. 18
  • Saturday, Oct. 16
  • Saturday, Nov. 13
  • Saturday, Dec. 11

Cooperative Admission Guidelines

We are happy to announce that we are participating in the Cooperative Admission Guidelines as established by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Once accepted to our program, the total deposit to reserve a seat in our class is $500. As per the AACP Cooperative Admission Guidelines, the first part of this deposit is $200 and is due two weeks after the date on your acceptance letter. The balance of this deposit ($300) is due on  March 1. For interviews that are held and/or admission offers extended after March 1, a total deposit of $500 will be due two weeks after the date on your acceptance letter. All deposits are non-refundable.

Technical Standards

In order to comply and proceed with the mission of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 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 health care. Students admitted to McWhorter School of Pharmacy 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 McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Each applicant to McWhorter School of Pharmacy 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, McWhorter School of Pharmacy 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 McWhorter School of Pharmacy 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 McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a PCAT score required?

No. We do not require the PCAT exam, and it is not used in the admission process.

Is an ACT or SAT score required?

An ACT or SAT is required. Unofficial copies are acceptable. This may be a copy of your personal score report, your high school or college transcript showing your score, or a screen shot from the testing agency showing your score. Official score reports are not required.

The ACT/SAT requirement is waived for:

  • Any applicant who holds a prior BA or BS degree in any major
  • Any applicant who took the ACT/SAT more than 12 years ago
  • Any applicant who has English as his/her second language and the applicant did not attend high school in the U.S.

I will have earned an undergraduate degree prior to entering pharmacy school. How does that affect my application?

Applicants holding an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university—or who will be receiving one prior to starting pharmacy school—and have completed all mathematics and science requirements in the prepharmacy curriculum will only be required to satisfy the Public Speaking and Elementary Statistics requirements.

Is preference given to students from Alabama?

No. State of residence is not a factor in the admission process. Our student body is diverse, including students from a variety of states and countries.

How many students are accepted for each class?

Roughly 120 students are admitted each year.

Do I qualify for financial aid?

You must have a minimum of 72 hours of undergraduate coursework completed prior to enrollment to be eligible for consideration for Graduate level Federal Student Loan assistance. Learn More

Can I apply before all of my prerequisite courses are completed?

Yes. Applicants are required to complete Organic Chemistry 1 by the end of the Spring semester of the application cycle to be eligible for admission, but all other courses need to be completed prior to the first day of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. View our prerequisite course guides.

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