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Prerequisites for PharmD Applicants

  • The doctor of pharmacy requires at least two years of undergraduate study, followed by four years of study in the professional program.
  • Applicants who have completed all prerequisites or who will complete all prerequisites by the end of May will be given first priority for admission.
  • Students who will have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in their PY1 year of the program must complete the math and science prerequisites only.
  • Students who will not have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in their PY1 year of the program must complete BOTH the math and science prerequisites AND the general education requirements.
  • All prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of C minus or better (not Pass/Fail).
  • Demonstration of prior experience in undergraduate or professional research or in other forms of scientific inquiry or innovation will be highly preferred.

Math and Science Prerequisites

Course Number Title hours
Chemistry 101/101L General Chemistry I with lab 4
Chemistry 102/102L General Chemistry II with lab 4
Chemistry 241/241L Separations/Analytical Char with lab
Only required for students completing prerequisite courses at UNC-Chapel Hill
3
Chemistry 261 Organic Chemistry I with lab 3/4
Chemistry 262/262L Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
Biology 101/101L Principles of Biology with lab 4
Biology 252/252L Human Anatomy/Physiology with lab 4
Microbiology 251 or 255 Microbiology with lab 4
Physics 114 Calculus based Physics I with lab 4
Physics 115 Calculus based Physics II with lab
Not required of students completing Chemistry 241/241L at UNC-Chapel Hill.
4
Math 231 or 241 Calculus of One Variable 3
Statistics 151 or 155 Statistics 3
Chemistry 430 Biological Chemistry
Two semesters of organic chemistry should be a pre-requisite for the course.
3

General Education Requirements

Foreign Language-completion through level three in a single language. 9-10
Social and Behavioral Sciences-three courses from at least two different departments or curricula. One of these courses must be a Historical Analysis course. 9
Humanities and Fine Arts- one course in philosophical analysis that contains significant content in ethics and moral reasoning (Philosophical and Moral Reasoning), one course in literature and one course in visual or performing arts (Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts). 9
Lifetime Fitness 1
U.S. Diversity 3
Global Issues 3
English 105 (Composition and Rhetoric)
English 101 and 102 are acceptable for students who entered college in fall 2011 or earlier
3

How Do I Evaluate My Prerequisite Courses?

Click on the description below that fits you.

Step 1

Print out the list of PharmD prerequisite courses. As a non-degree student, you will need to complete math, science, and general education prerequisites.

Step 2

Print out or acquire a transcript from your school(s).

Step 3

Click here to find the transfer-equivalency page for your school to determine how courses at your school transfer to courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you attend or attended a community college in North Carolina, click here to find the NC Community College Common Curriculum.

Step 4

Write down the UNC-Chapel Hill equivalent courses next to your courses on your transcript from Step 2 in a new column.

Step 5

For general education requirements, click here to determine which requirements are fulfilled by UNC-Chapel Hill courses.

Step 6

If there are courses that are not listed on the transfer equivalency page and you think they fulfill prerequisites, first review our prerequisites Frequently Asked Questions. If you have AP, IB, or CLEP credits, click here to determine score standards at UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you are still unable to locate the equivalent course, please direct specific questions to pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

Step 1

Print out the list of PharmD prerequisite courses. Since you have a baccalaureate degree, you will only need to complete the math and science prerequisites.

Step 2

Print out or acquire a transcript from your school(s).

Step 3

Click here to find the transfer-equivalency page for your school to determine how courses at your school transfer to courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you attend or attended a community college in North Carolina, click here to find the NC Community College Common Curriculum.

Step 4

Write down the UNC-Chapel Hill equivalent courses next to your courses on your transcript from Step 2 in a new column.

Step 5

If there are courses that are not listed on the transfer equivalency tab and you think they fulfill prerequisites, first review our prerequisites Frequently Asked Questions. If you have AP, IB, or CLEP credits, click here to determine score standards at UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you are still unable to locate the equivalent course, please direct specific questions to pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

Foreign credits are evaluated in accordance to practices currently used by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The applicant must have their courses evaluated by an approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Service.

Students must submit their course-by-course transcript evaluations to PharmCAS when applying for admission. If admitted, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will use the course-by-course evaluation to award credit based on rules currently in place for transferring credit from U.S. colleges and universities.

Step 1

Submit your foreign transcript to an approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Service.

Step 2

After your transcript has been evaluated, print out the list of PharmD prerequisite courses.

Step 3

Compare the PharmD prerequisite courses to the courses on your evaluated transcript.

Step 4

Check our prerequisites Frequently Asked Questions. If you have AP, IB, or CLEP credits, click here to determine score standards at UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you have questions about equivalent courses, please direct specific questions to pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

Step 5 (for non-degree applicants only)

For general education requirements, click here to determine which requirements are fulfilled by UNC-Chapel Hill courses.

Prospective students who would like to transfer from another college/school of pharmacy must apply as an entry-level applicant and enter as a first year student.

Policy for Transferring Credits

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is responsible for evaluating and awarding transfer credit for enrolling students. The transfer-of-credit policy is located in the University’s Undergraduate Bulletin under the subheading of Transfer of Credit here. Transfer credit hours are awarded for grades of C minus or better in the School of Pharmacy. Students presenting an equivalent course with a grade of D will receive course-content-credit only (excluding math and science prerequisites). Therefore, hours from these courses will not count towards the required credits needed for graduation.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy consults the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the following publications when courses are in question:

  • Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
  • Accredited Institution of Post-Secondary Education published by the American Council on Education

Course Waivers

If a student feels he/she is proficient in a course not accepted for credit, he/she may seek approval through the appropriate UNC department. This process puts the student in direct contact with the appropriate UNC department. If credit is recommended by the department, the student must submit a letter to the Office of Student Affairs from the department stating that credit is recommended.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all courses completed for transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill are equivalent to the required UNC-Chapel Hill course. Students are advised to consult the transfer equivalency Web site accessible through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy website.

Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis B (Hep B) series consists of three doses of the vaccine.  The series is mandatory in order for you to begin the PharmD program in the fall.  It takes six months to complete and is due by a hard deadline of July 15 of the year you will begin the program, so plan accordingly.

Here are a few other important points about our Hepatitis B requirement:

  • Because the Hep B series takes 6 months to complete, you should begin by December 15 to meet our June 15 preferred deadline, and you must begin it by January 15 to meet our July 15 hard deadline.
  • If you have already had the Hep B series, but do not have official documentation (signed or stamped by a health care provider) for it, you will need to receive the vaccinations again.

Tuberculosis

You will be required to be tested for tuberculosis after March 31 of the year you will start the program.  The preferred method is the QuantiFERON Gold blood test.  We will also accept a two step TB skin test.

Varicella

You will be required to have documentation of two varicella (chickenpox) vaccine doses or the results of a varicella titer (immunity blood test).  You should have a titer performed if you have contracted varicella in the past or if you do not have documentation of receiving the vaccine.  If your varicella titer comes back negative for immunity, you will need to get two doses of the vaccine that are 30 days apart.

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis

Three (3) vaccinations.  These can include Td (tetanus, diphtheria), DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), DT (diphtheria, tetanus) or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).  One of the three doses MUST be a Tdap vaccine (brand name Adacel or Boostrix) given in or after 2005.  This final Tdap is a one-time required vaccine for all health science students.  A Td booster is required every 10 years thereafter.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

You will have to have had 2 doses of the combined MMR vaccine (or individual vaccinations for all three diseases in the form of 2 doses measles, 2 doses mumps, and 1 dose rubella).  Positive immunity titers for measles, mumps, and rubella are also acceptable.

Polio

If will be 18 years old or younger when you join UNC Chapel Hill, you will need to make sure that you have had 3 doses of the polio vaccine.

Hep B Titer

You will be required to have a Hep B quantitative surface antibody titer (≥ 10m IU/ml) that will be due during your first semester in the program (can be done after you arrive).

Documentation

  • The health documentation for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is separate from and in addition to the documentation required by UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Health.
  • Your documentation must be a printed document, and it must include a health provider’s signature or health provider’s stamp.
  • Plan ahead. If you wait until the last minute to prepare your documentation, you may risk jeopardizing your enrollment at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
  • Admitted students will be sent instructions on submitting their health documentation. You do not need to send your documentation until you have been accepted into the program.
  • You should always keep your own copies of your health documents.  You will need them throughout the PharmD program and your pharmacy career.

Health Insurance

All students enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill are required to have health insurance.

Each semester the Student Health Insurance Fee (insurance premium) is added to all students’ University accounts. Students are required to pay the premium or complete the online waiver process before the semester deadline. The waiver requires that you have your own insurance.  Once your waiver is verified and approved, the premium will be credited on your student account.

More information is available at https://campushealth.unc.edu/charges-insurance.

Pharmacy College Admission Test

  • The PCAT is required for all applicants.
  • The PCAT must be taken no later than November of the year you are applying.
  • Every applicant must submit scores to PharmCAS, not to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
  • Use PCAT code 140 in PharmCAS to have your scores sent to UNC through PharmCAS.

The PCAT is offered every year in the summer, fall, and spring at many testing centers throughout the United States. Applicants must take the PCAT no later than November of the year they are applying.

There are several scores reported on the PCAT score report. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy reviews all the scores but reports composite percentile rank. The average PCAT composite percentile rank score of students admitted in the past few years was 85 to 87 percent. Your highest PCAT score will be the one considered for admission.

Register for the PCAT