Admission to the PharmD Program

Admission is highly competitive. Completion of all requirements does not guarantee admission. Requirements include:

  • completion of Required Pre-Pharmacy Course Work at the college level prior to submitting an application,
  • a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) 2.50 or higher,
  • completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT),
  • completion of online Pharmacy College Application Service application (PharmCAS),
  • a personal statement,
  • two letters of recommendation,
  • a personal interview, and
  • a supplemental application and $100 supplemental application fee.

Applicants whose first language is not English also must meet the university's English Proficiency Requirements.

Application Deadlines

Also review the Application Procedures on the college's website.

  • December 1—for Fall Semester (October 1 for international applicants)
  • Applications are accepted only for fall admission.

Degree Audit

When you are admitted, a Degree Audit will become part of your Admissions Profile. The audit:

  • specifies which general education courses and which requirements for your major you still need to fulfill,
  • indicates (for pre-business, pre-nursing, and pre-pharmacy students) which prerequisite courses necessary for applying to the respective colleges need to be fulfilled, and
  • monitors other degree requirements including semester hours, GPA, residency requirement, and college-specific regulations.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions evaluates transfer courses on General Education Program requirements, as well as a number of courses applicable to the requirements of your major. Your major department makes decisions about how the rest of your transfer courses apply toward the requirements for your major.

  • Review the university's Transfer Policies to find out about calculating your transfer GPA, Iowa's course-repeat policy, and other Iowa credit transfer policies.
  • Search the Transfer Equivalency Guide for commonly transferred courses offered at other Iowa institutions and our major out-of-state transfer colleges. The system is designed for prospective students who want to know how courses will transfer to Iowa and for UI students who plan to take courses at other institutions in the summer or at other times.
  • The College of Pharmacy has developed Transfer Guides for students planning to transfer from select colleges.