Admission to Roosevelt University’s PharmD program is granted on a competitive basis and requires applicants to complete a comprehensive application and interview process. Interviews are limited and are offered to individuals based upon the Admission Review Committee’s recommendation and invitation. Application review, interviews, and decision notifications are completed on a rolling basis.
Preparing For and Completing the PharmD Application Process
- Submit the PharmCAS application, as well as an essay, two letters of recommendation/committee evaluation, and official transcripts on or before December 31, 2020 for the early action deadline, March 1, 2021 for the priority review deadline, or June 1, 2021 for final consideration.
- Complete a minimum of 53 semester hours of pre-pharmacy study at an accredited college or university and satisfy the requirements outlined below before June 1st of the year of entry. While a bachelor's degree is not required for entrance into the pharmacy program, it can make the application more competitive.
- Achieve a recommended cumulative grade point average of 2.50/4.0 scale for all courses completed. All math and science courses have a recommended grade point average of 2.5.
- Earn a grade of C- or better in all science and math courses.
- Earn a grade of C- or better in all English and speech courses. ESL courses do not satisfy either the English or speech requirement.
- Online or hybrid courses may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
- Courses older than ten years may be accepted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCAT will be optional through the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. A holistic evaluation of every applicant is performed by the Admissions Committee. While the PCAT is optional, taking the PCAT may strengthen the application and will be considered if submitted.
- In addition to the materials above, applicants to the PharmD program shall also:
- Reflect the successful practice of service through community engagement or extracurricular activities.
- Demonstrate the proper motivation for and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through previous work, volunteer or life experiences.
- Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and colleagues.
- Complete the Roosevelt University PharmD applicant interview process.
In order to select the strongest candidates from the pool of qualified applicants, the Pharmacy Admission Committee will assess not only the successful completion of a pre-pharmacy curriculum, but also the applicant’s PCAT score, letters of recommendation, scores from the personal interview, service, volunteer and co-curricular experiences, health-related work experiences, and written communication.
Students who are admitted to the Roosevelt University PharmD program will be required to successfully complete both a drug screening and criminal background check.
Applicants who have been selected for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program will receive a conditional offer of admission. Admission offers are made until all program spaces are filled.
The admission offer is conditional any and all outstanding requirements are completed. Additional information will be providing to admitted students at the time of admission within the program’s Matriculation agreement.
Foreign Degree Recipients
For Students Who Have Completed Coursework or Earned a Degree Outside of the United States
Not all coursework completed at a college or university outside the United States and Canada will satisfy the PharmD course prerequisite requirements. This includes pharmacy program degrees earned in another country.
Beyond meeting any requirements for international students to attend Roosevelt University (please review the requirements for International Students) and the demonstration of English language proficiency, students should also complete the following and will be considered on a case-by-case basis:
- Meet all Roosevelt University Doctor of Pharmacy Admission Requirements.
- Complete the following courses at an accredited U.S. college or university:
- At least two semesters of biology and chemistry. (Biology courses include: biology and anatomy & physiology, while chemistry includes: general chemistry and organic chemistry. An example of two semesters in biology may be one semester of biology II and one semester of anatomy & physiology II. Students will still need to meet the required semester hours for all prerequisites).
- Six credit hours of non-remedial English Composition I and II (NOW acceptable from any English-speaking country. Note that this should not be a course for English-language learners.)
- Three credit hours of speech
- A TOEFL or IELTS is required for students who have completed less than 30 credit hours in the U.S. The minimum score required on TOEFL is 550, 213 (CBT) along with 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE), or 80 (iBT) with 22 on the writing section and no less than 17 on any one section. TOEFL test scores must be from an examination taken within two years of the anticipated matriculation date into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The minimum score of IELTS are 6.5 overall, 6.5 writing and no other section below 6.0 on the ACADEMIC IELTS.
- The TOEFL or IELTS test is waived for those students who:
- completed at least 30 credit hours at an accredited U.S. or college or university AND have successfully completed 6 credit hours of non-remedial English and 3 credit hours of speech
- earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in the U.S or Canada (English curriculum) AND have successfully completed 6 credit hours of non-remedial English and 3 credit hours of speech in the U.S.
Students who wish to receive credit for pre-pharmacy coursework completed at a college of university located outside the United States must secure the services of a credential evaluation service, who will forward a detailed course-by-course evaluation to the Roosevelt University Pharmacy program. The credential service recognized by Roosevelt University include:
- World Education Services (WES) – 212-966-6311; FAX – 212-739-6100; web: www.wes.org, or email email@example.com
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) can only be used if the evaluation provides a course-by-course breakdown.
Results of the foreign transcript evaluation and the grade earned in the courses will be used by the Roosevelt University Doctor of Pharmacy program to determine if any of the credits can be used towards the fulfillment of the pre-pharmacy requirements.
As with any pharmacy program the admission requirements are subject to change. Please review the admission requirements periodically for updates and modifications.
Early Decision Program
Roosevelt University's PharmD program will no longer participate in the PharmCAS early decision process beginning in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle for the summer 2021 entering class. Therefore, applicants who planned or were advised to apply via early decision should apply early in the admissions cycle as regular applicants instead. The 2020-2021 PharmCAS application will open in mid-July 2020.