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Prerequisites for Pharm.D. 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 Physics I with lab (calculus based preferred) 4
Physics 115 Physics II with lab (calculus based preferred)
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, consult the UNC Academic Advising Program website 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 Immunity

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
    • If the vaccine series was not received during childhood, this requirement will take up to 7 months to complete (initial three vaccine series and titer)– check your health documentation when applying and begin the vaccination series by November 15 if needed.
  • Documentation for this requirement must include the three vaccine series and a positive titer (immunity blood test) lab report with reference range/index.
    • Achieving a positive titer may require additional time-sensitive steps. This information will be made available to admitted students on the New Student website.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show two combined MMR vaccinations OR individual vaccinations for measles (2 doses), mumps (2 doses), and rubella (1 dose) OR a sufficient combination thereof; OR
  • Positive titer (immunity blood test) lab reports for each disease are also acceptable forms of documentation.

Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show a minimum of three vaccinations.  These vaccinations may take any of the following forms:
    • DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
    • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis)
    • DT (diphtheria, tetanus)
    • Td (tetanus, diphtheria)
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
  • At least one of the three required vaccinations MUST be an adult Tdap vaccine (brand name Adacel or Boostrix) given in the past 10 years.  This dose of Tdap is a one-time requirement for all health science students.  A Td booster is required every 10 years thereafter.
  • Students must provide current tetanus documentation (vaccination or booster within the last 10 years) to matriculate.

Varicella (chicken pox)

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must either show two varicella vaccinations; OR
  • Positive titer (immunity blood test) lab report.
  • Providing a document that shows the date(s) that you had the disease is not sufficient.

Polio

  • These vaccinations are normally administered during childhood in the United States.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show a minimum of three vaccinations. Students who are 18 years of age or older and who do not have a vaccination record for this requirement will need to contact the School after receiving an admissions offer for instructions.

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Two complete TB skin tests are required (see exception* below). This will require four health care provider visits total:
    1. Placement of first test
    2. Reading of first test 48-72 hours after placement
    3. Placement of second test
    4. Reading of second test 48-72 hours after placement
    • PLEASE NOTE: There should be 1-3 weeks between each complete test. If there is less than one week between each test or if a test is read earlier than 48 hours or later than 72 hours, it will have to be repeated.
  • Documentation for this requirement must show the placement date, reading date, and results in millimeters of induration for each test.
  • For more information about this test, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) TB testing information page.
  • *Students who have had a previous positive skin test or who cannot complete skin tests due to other contraindications will need to contact the School after receiving an admissions offer for instructions.

Documentation

  • The health documentation required by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is separate from and in addition to the documentation required by UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Health.
  • 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 Pharm.D. 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 back to 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