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Pharm.D. Application Process

Admission to the Pharm.D. program requires the equivalent of two years, or 62 semester hours, of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university. Application may be made after completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework.

Please review the information on pre-professional course requirements below before beginning the application process. If you are applying to the Fisher Pharm.D. Online program, review the online Pharm.D. program admissions and application process.

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Application deadline: June 1, 2023

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Important Application Updates

PCAT Testing Optional

For the 2022-2023 admission cycle, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy is not requiring the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT); it is optional. If you believe the PCAT provides evidence of growth and academic preparedness, you are encouraged to submit PCAT scores to PharmCAS (code 104).

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher University does consider students for transfer admission to both the campus pathway and online pathway of its Pharm.D. program. Transfer admission is granted on a case-by-case basis to transfer applicants who are in good academic standing at their current or previous college or school of pharmacy. Contact Kristin Blake, assistant director of graduate admissions, at (585) 385-8064 or for more information.

Application Through PharmCAS

PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) is a centralized service that offers the convenience of one general application for multiple Pharm.D. programs.

To apply to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, submit the following directly to PharmCAS.

  • Online application to PharmCAS
  • PharmCAS fee
  • PCAT scores - see note above
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation

Incomplete applications will not be processed by PharmCAS or the School.

Complete applications for admission will be processed upon receipt. The Admissions Committee will identify and invite the most qualified candidates to campus for an interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of a decision on a rolling basis.

International Applicants/Foreign Transcripts

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy requires TOEFL scores for non-native, English-speaking applicants. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based). Foreign transcripts must be sent to an evaluation service for a course-by-course report. Send this report directly to PharmCAS. The PharmCAS website has a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation services.

Criminal Background Check Requirements

If accepted, you will be subject to a criminal background check. You are required to complete this procedure prior to matriculation. It is your responsibility to assume expenses related to this requirement. You must follow procedures for completing a criminal background check as instructed by the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Read the entire Criminal Background Check (CBC) Policy [pdf].

Pre-Professional Course Requirements

Minimum specific prerequisite course requirements are:

General Course Requirements

Total 24 semester hours

  • English/Literature - 6 semester hours. One course must be English writing/composition.
  • Speech - 3 semester hours (recommend Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)
  • Economics - 3 semester hours (recommend Microeconomics)
  • Humanities and or Social/Behavioral Sciences - 12 semester hours

Science and Math Requirements

Total 38 semester hours

  • Calculus - 3 semester hours
  • Statistics - 3 semester hours
  • General Chemistry - 8 semester hours w/lab
  • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours w/lab
  • Physics - 4 semester hours w/lab
  • Biology - 12 semester hours w/lab

Grades below "C" cannot be accepted toward completion of these requirements. All science courses (chemistry, biology, physics) must include a laboratory with each lecture. Advanced placement courses are not accepted for science courses. All pre-professional coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy.

Minimum GPA (Grade Point Average)

Cumulative and science GPAs of 2.75 are considered competitive.  However, most students accepted to the program have performed at a much higher level.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)

The PCAT assesses one's skills necessary to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. If you wish to have a PCAT score considered as part of your application to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, you must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send your PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. The reporting code is 104.

Only PCAT tests taken on or before the March test date will be considered for fall admission to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. For more information, visit the PCAT website or call (800) 622-3231.