Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

Pre-Pharmacy Advisement

Interested students are invited to contact the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs to speak with the Director of Admissions. These visits can be useful for applicants when preparing the strongest application possible. Appointments may be scheduled for in person or via telephone or Google Hangout. To arrange an appointment, please contact Jennifer Richardson at or 405-271-6598.


Participation in the Pre-Pharmacy Association on the OU-Norman Campus is encouraged. For information on the OU-Norman Pre-Pharmacy Association, please contact Jennifer Richardson at Students at other institutions may benefit from participating in pre-pharmacy or pre-health professions clubs on their current campus.

Students with Pharmacy Degrees from Foreign Colleges of Pharmacy Pharmacy licensure in Oklahoma and most other states requires a professional pharmacy degree from an American Council on Pharmaceutical Education(ACPE) accredited program in the United States. Foreign graduates must complete the entire professional core curriculum. We cannot accept transfer students from foreign pharmacy schools. We do not grant advanced standing for foreign pharmacy graduates. If accepted, all students must complete the full four-year Pharm.D. curriculum. Additionally, we do not accept foreign coursework for admission. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs ( prior to application to determine any pre-requisite courses that may need to be completed.


Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires a minimum of 64 semester hours of approved pre-pharmacy courses. Applicants must successfully complete the pre-requisites listed below by June 1 of the year they plan to enter. Applicants can be in the process of completing requirements during the application process.

PPre-pharmacy coursework may be completed any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. No preference is given for where coursework is taken so students may take coursework at a community college or a 4 year university. However, be aware that upper-level (junior/senior) coursework has to be taken at a 4 year university. All community college students are encouraged to work toward transfer to a 4 year university of their choice.

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List of Common OU Norman Pre-Requsites
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Prerequisites Worksheet
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Approved Elective Subjects

We accept AP/IB/CLEP and online courses to satisfy pre-requisites. In order for us to accept your AP/IB credits, they must appear on your college transcript and can be verified as college credit. We do not accept AP scores directly. Online coursework must be taken through a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. All students are encouraged to contact the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs ( for assistance in planning an appropriate pre-pharmacy program of study.

Please note these are minimum requirements. Admission is competitive so students are encouraged to plan a course of study extending beyond the minimum requirements.

Applicants must complete all pre-requisite courses below with a grade of "C" or above, be in good standing at the last institution attended, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission. The pre-requisites listed below are effective for admission for all applicants.

Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at the time of application. Foreign coursework is not accepted for admission and will not be included in any GPA calculations including the overall, science, pre-requisite, math, last 60 hours or any other GPA calculations. We do not accept nor require World Education Services (WES) course-by-course evaluations.


Prerequisite Courses

Math/Science Requirements:   Credit Hours:
Calculus   3
Physics   3
General Chemistry I w/Lab   4-5
General Chemistry II w/Lab   4-5
Organic Chemistry I Lecture   3
Organic Chemistry II Lecture   3
Organic Chemistry Lab   2
Biological Sciences   8
Microbiology w/Lab   4-5

These are minimum requirements. A preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed a biochemistry course, upper-level sciences, both human anatomy and physiology, statistics, and/or have received a bachelor’s degree.
In order to best be prepared for pharmacy school and the PCAT, it is highly recommended that applicants complete general biology, microbiology (required), and at least either human anatomy or human physiology. Our first preference is for physiology if a student is unable to take both anatomy and physiology.



Elective Requirements:   Credit Hours:
English I   3
English II   3
Electives*   24

* Electives can be chosen from these subject areas: Fine Arts (non-performance based), History, Political Science, Anthropology, Humanities, Geography, Philosophy, Literature, Social Science, Behavioral Science, Foreign Language, Communications, English. A maximum of 9 hours in statistics, business, or computer science may be counted in the elective hours. Students are expected to have a computer proficiency level at or above basic word processing skills. Students are encouraged to select a diverse set of courses as preference is given to those with a broad-based educational background that includes a diversity component.



Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs ( prior to application to determine any pre-requisite courses that may need to be completed.