Pharmacy Program Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
The Doctor of Pharmacy program is six years in duration if you enter as a first-year student.
What is the profile of a typical student accepted into the pharmacy program?
The most important item reviewed by the Admission’s Committee is the high school transcript. A strong math and science background provides an excellent foundation for professional study. However, for the admitted students in the fall of 2007, the average GPA was 3.5 and the average SAT score was 1228.
Is a Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) required for admission into the professional program?
Through the direct-entry admission option available at USciences, a PCAT test is not required. However, students must complete the PCAT if applying for admission into only the professional program, or into the third year of a six year program.
Don’t computers and pharmacy technicians do all the things a pharmacist can do?
No. All questions related to prescriptions, health matters or drug information must be referred to the licensed pharmacist. Such counseling cannot be done by either pharmacy technicians or computers.
The areas of pharmacy available for which you can complete your rotations are representative of the career options available. They include settings such as, clinics, community chain and independent pharmacies, drug information centers, government and public health service agencies, hospital pharmacies, managed care organizations, medical education and communication companies, nuclear pharmacy, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, research laboratories and pharmacy administration. In addition, most settings provide you the opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of types of patients as well as with various conditions including, infectious diseases, critical care, ambulatory care, oncology, psychiatry, pediatrics, nutrition, geriatrics and many more.