Pre-Pharmacy Course Requirements


Pre-Pharmacy Course Policies

  1. Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours of specific pre-pharmacy coursework.
  2. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Applicants must successfully complete the pre-requisite course requirements by August 5th of the year they plan to enter. For example, if you plan to enter in Fall 2020, you must have all pre-requisite courses successfully completed by August 5, 2020.
  4. Pre-requisite coursework may be satisfied if taken outside of the U.S. as long as the applicant provides a WES course-by-course evaluation. WES is the ONLY acceptable foreign course evaluation accepted by OUCOP. Acceptance of foreign coursework to satisfy pre-requisite course requirements is at the discretion of the College of Pharmacy. Inquiries regarding acceptance of foreign coursework may be directed to the Director of Recruitment & Admissions. The Director cannot tell someone what pre-requisites may be satisfied by foreign coursework unless they provide a copy of the WES evaluation. It is recommended this be done at least one year prior to a planned entry year.
  5. The 6 hours of English coursework must be completed at a U.S. college or university. Foreign coursework will not be accepted to meet this requirement.
  6. To be eligible for admission, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at the time of application.
  7. Applicants must complete all pre-requisite courses below with a minimum grade of "C" (C+, C, C- grades are all acceptable) or above and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission. The pre-requisite courses listed below are effective for admission for all applicants.


NOTES:

  • Please check with your undergraduate institution to determine if College Algebra or Pre-Calculus (sometimes called Functions & Modeling) is the pre-requisite to enroll in Calculus. This requirement varies by institution.


  • Please check with your undergraduate institution to determine if College Algebra is a pre-requisite to enroll in General Chemistry I. If so, you may need to take the course in the summer prior to beginning your Freshman fall semester.


  • We accept AP/IB and CLEP credit for pre-pharmacy coursework as long as it is transferred to and appears on your primary college or university’s transcript and can be verified. 


  • Pre-requisites may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university. An individual will want to have certain subjects completed prior to attempting the PCAT. It is not recommended to attempt the PCAT until following completion of the Fall semester Year 2.


  • Please note that some schools combine organic chemistry lecture and labs, physics lecture and labs, or microbiology lecture and labs into one course. At minimum, each student must complete 8 total hours of organic chemistry including lab, 3 hours of physics (no lab required), and 4 hours of microbiology w/lab .


  • A minimum of 24 hours of electives must be successfully completed. Approved subject areas for electives may be selected from the areas listed below. (Please note, the examples are not exhaustive nor specifically required. They are just a reference tool.) It is highly recommended (though not required) that students select the following electives as a part of their 24 hours:
    • A statistics course
    • A computer science course
    • A course with a diversity component
    • An economics course
    • A communications course (interpersonal or public speaking)
    • A behavioral science course (psychology or sociology)

Prospective Students With 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.

If accepted into the Pharm.D. program, foreign pharmacy 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.

Pre-requisite coursework may be satisfied if taken outside of the U.S. as long as the applicant provides a WES course-by-course evaluation. WES is the ONLY acceptable foreign course evaluation accepted by OUCOP. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Acceptance of foreign coursework to satisfy pre-requisite course requirements is at the discretion of the College of Pharmacy. 

Inquiries regarding acceptance of foreign coursework may be directed to the Director of Recruitment & Admissions. The Director cannot tell someone what pre-requisites may be satisfied by foreign coursework unless they provide a copy of the WES evaluation. It is recommended this be done at least one year prior to a planned entry year.

Please note we do not accept foreign coursework to satisfy the 6 hours of English courses requirement. Those courses must be completed at a U.S. college or university regardless of any previous degrees.