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Admission Requirements

Requirements for Applicants Seeking Admission

To be considered for admission to the School of Pharmacy, an applicant must:

  1. Have completed or be in the process of completing 72 semester hours or 105 quarter hours of non-remedial, prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited U.S. University or university. The student must earn a grade of C (not C minus) or better in each pre-requisite course.
  2. International applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of non-remedial pre-requisite coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking. This additional requirement is waived for applicants who completed their pre-requisite coursework at a post-secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
  3. All pre-pharmacy coursework requirements must be completed by the end of summer session I prior to matriculation to the School of Pharmacy.
  4. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average and science grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. PharmCAS calculates the overall and science grade point average. Grades from all non-remedial courses completed post-high school are used to calculate the grade point average.
  5. Submit scores from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) directly to PharmCAS using PCAT code 104.
    (Note: Only PCAT test scores earned within two years of the planned matriculation year will be accepted.)
  6. Possess a people/service orientation as demonstrated through community service or extracurricular activities.
  7. Possess the proper motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences.
  8. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  9. Complete the School of Pharmacy’s on-campus interview process (by invitation only).
  10. Pass the School of Pharmacy criminal background check.
  11. Abide by Notre Dame of Maryland University Substance Abuse Policy. 

Prerequisite courses 

CourseSemester Credit HoursQuarter Credit Hours
 English  6  6
 Speech/Public Speaking  3  4
 Ethics (medical ethics preferred)  3  4
 Economics  3  4
 Calculus  3  4
 Statistics  3  4
 General Chemistry with lab (for science majors)  8  12
 Organic Chemistry with lab (for science majors)  8  12
 General Biology with lab (for science majors)  8  12
 Microbiology with lab (for science majors)  4  6
 Anatomy & Physiology (for science majors)  8  12
 Physics (for science majors- mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course)  3  4
 Psychology/Political Science/Social Science  6  9
 General Education* (divided among humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, computer sciences, religious studies)  6  9

^Students taking science courses at community colleges should review our prerequisite equivalents course listing at select Maryland community colleges and four-year institutions and check with the School of Pharmacy office of admissions to determine if the course in question will meet the prerequisite requirement. If the school at which you took Anatomy & Physiology is not on our prerequisite equivalents listing, you must submit an equivalency course request form for course approval by the office of admissions.

*Science, math, physical education, health care courses will not satisfy the general education requirement.

Note 1: The Admissions Committee will pay special attention to pre-pharmacy math and science coursework that were taken more than five years ago. Science and math coursework that were taken within five years are preferred.

Application Process

The School of Pharmacy uses a two-step application process. The applicant must submit both a completed PharmCAS application and a School supplemental application and meet both the PharmCAS application deadline and the School supplemental application deadline.

 Please click on this link for more detailed information about the application process.