Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree

PharmD Admissions Information

Applications to the Drake PharmD program are encouraged from applicants who have completed their pre-pharmacy requirements at Drake and at other institutions. Students seeking admission to the PharmD program at Drake must have completed the following prerequisites:

SubjectCredit Hours
Inorganic Chemistry 8 credit hours
Organic Chemistry 8 credit hours
Biological Sciences 8 credit hours
Microbiology 3 credit hours
Statistics 3 credit hours
Calculus 4 credit hours
English Composition 6 credit hours
Public Speaking 3 credit hours

To apply to the Drake PharmD program complete the Pharmacy Centralized Admission Service (PharmCAS) application and the Drake Supplemental Form by the application deadline. The application deadline to apply for Fall 2014 is December 2, 2013. In addition to completing the required applications by the deadline, applicants who are not participants in the pre-pharmacy program must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Complete, or be in the process of completing, the prerequisite courses by the spring semester prior to which you wish to enroll. English compostion and public speaking may be completed the summer before enrolling in the PharmD program.
  • Take the PCAT exam prior to the application deadline and earn a score of the 50th composite percentile or higher. Drake will accept January PCAT scores for the 2013/2014 admissions cycle. All other application materials must be submitted by December 2, 2013.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of a 3.00
  • Complete an on campus interview and writing assessment, if invited.

P1 Class Profile

  2013 2012 2011
Mean Cumulative GPA 3.62 3.58 3.62
Cumulative GPA Range 3.0 - 4.0 3.0 - 4.0 3.0 - 4.0
Percentage of Female/Male Students 70/30 60/40 72/28
Average Age 21 21 21
Bachelor's Degree Holders 7 7 5

Where Do Drake PharmD Students Go After Graduation?

Click here 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

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CPHS Upcoming Events
Doctor of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 17 @ 4 p.m.
[Knapp Center]
Undergraduate Commencement [B.S., Health Sciences]
Sunday, May 18 @ 10 a.m.
[Knapp Center]
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement [PharmD]
Sunday, May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
[Knapp Center]
April 21, 2014
John Forbes, PH’80, owner and manager of Medicap Pharmacy in Urbandale, was selected to receive the 2014 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor, the highest honor given by Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS). As part of this honor, he will deliver the 2014 Weaver Medal of Honor Lecture on Wednesday, April 23.