Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree


What Distinguishes Drake's PharmD Program?


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PharmD Admissions Information

Students who are currently enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program at Drake should refer to the Drake PharmD Difference requirements for more information.  

Students who complete their prerequisite coursework at another regionally accredited institution or in a major other than pre-pharmacy at Drake can apply to our PharmD program by meeting the following requirements.  Please note that these are the requirements applicants must meet in order for their applications to be considered complete.  Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the PharmD program.  

  • Submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application available at
  • Submit a Drake University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Supplemental Application ‌and $70 application fee.  Applications and fees must be submitted online. 
  • Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT​) and have scores submitted directly to PharmCAS.  Although there is no minimum score required, a composite score in the 50th percentile or higher is recommended.  Drake will accept January PCAT scores for the fall 2016 admission cycle.  
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in PharmCAS).  
  • Complete (or be in the process of completing) the prerequisite coursework outlined in the table below.  All required math and science courses must be completed by the end of the spring 2016 semester.  English composition and public speaking may be completed by the end of the summer 2016 term.  
SubjectCredit HoursDrake Courses
General (Inorganic) Chemistry 8 credit hours (including labs) CHEM 001, 002, 003, 004
Organic Chemistry 8 credit hours (including labs) CHEM 097, 098, 108, 110
Biological Sciences 8 credit hours (including labs) BIO 012, 012L, 013, 013L
Microbiology 3 credit hours BIO 095
Statistics 3 credit hours STAT 060
Calculus 4 credit hours MATH 050 (or MATH 070 or 100)
English Composition 6 credit hours FYS and Written Communication AOI
Public Speaking 3 credit hours SCSR 073

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in order to receive transfer credit and fulfill prerequisite courses.  Students who wish to fulfill prerequisites using Advanced Placement (AP) scores must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam.  Please see Drake University's AP Credit policy or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information.  

All application materials for fall 2016 must be submitted online or postmarked by December 1, 2015.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process during the spring 2016 semester. â€‹

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Please visit our CPHS Scholarships website to view a list of scholarships that are available to Drake pharmacy students.  In addition to the scholarships listed, we encourage interested applicants to look into other types of finanical assistance by visiting our Office of Student Financial Planning website.  The Office of Student Financial Planning also provides a summary of tuition and fees for all Drake programs.  

Where Do Drake PharmD Students Go After Graduation?

Please visit our Career Development and Opportunities website for more information on career pathways and state of residence of our recent graduates.

Advanced Standing for Transfer Applicants

Due to lack of seat availability, course sequencing, and possible dissimilarity of preparedness, we do not accept advanced standing for transfer applicants to the professional pharmacy program.  Applicants are only considered for the P1 class each year.

Technical Standards for the PharmD Program

Please view our Technical Standards for the PharmD Program.  

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July 17, 2015
Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of Experiential Education Cheryl Clarke, PH’86, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
June 30, 2015