Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Requirements


Overview

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires a minimum of two years of pre-professional university study and completion of approximately 64 semester hours of approved pre-pharmacy courses. 

All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. OUCOP does not accept nor require WES evaluations of foreign coursework.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or hold DACA status at the time of application.

These are minimum requirements. We highly recommend applicants also successfully complete a biochemistry course, at least one upper-level science, both human anatomy and physiology, and statistics. We also highly recommend applicants work toward a bachelor’s degree (degree not required).

In order to best be prepared for pharmacy school and the PCAT, it is highly recommended that applicants complete general biology, microbiology, 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.


  • Pre-Pharmacy Advisement

    Interested students are invited to contact the Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs to speak with the Director of Admissions or arrange a visit. These visits can prove valuable during the process of preparing an application.

    If you attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, participation in the Pre-Pharmacy Association on the OU-Norman Campus is encouraged. For information on the OU-Norman Pre-Pharmacy Association, please join their Facebook page at OU Pre-Pharmacy Association. Students at other institutions may benefit from participating in pre-pharmacy or pre-health professions clubs on their current campus.

  • Pre-Requisite Course Requirements for Admission

    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.

    Pre-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. 

    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. 

    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, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold DACA status 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.

    Pre-Requisite Courses

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

    Elective Requirements : 

    English I: 3 hours
    English II: 3 hours
    Electives+: 24 hours

    + Electives are chosen from these areas:

    • Fine Arts (non-performance based)
    • History 
    • Political Science 
    • Anthropology 
    • Humanities 
    • Geography 
    • Philosophy 
    • Literature 
    • Social Science 
    • Behavioral Science 
    • Foreign Language
    • Communications 
    • English

    1. These are minimum requirements. We highly recommend applicants also successfully complete a biochemistry course, at least one upper-level science, both human anatomy and physiology, and statistics. We also highly recommend applicants work toward a bachelor’s degree (degree not required).

    2. In order to best be prepared for pharmacy school and the PCAT, it is highly recommended that applicants complete general biology, microbiology, 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. 

    3. 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.



  • 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.


  • Pre-Requisite Course Planning Documents

    This section provides downloadable PDF files of resources you may find useful in planning your pre-pharmacy education. We encourage applicants to schedule advisement appointments with our office to ensure proper planning at an early stage to avoid any confusion or delays. 

    2018 Pharm D Application Guide-This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the college as well as making application.

    OUCOP Pre-Requisite Worksheet-This worksheet can be used to keep track of your progress in completing pre-requisites.

    OUCOP 2 Year Pre-Requisite Plan-This guide provides a method to complete the 64 semester hours and still be able to apply within 2 calendar years.

    OUCOP 3 Year Pre-Requisite Plan-This guide provides a method to complete the 64 semester hours and still be able to apply within 3 calendar years. (Most popular plan)