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Academic Catalog

University of Saint Joseph    
  Dec 18, 2017
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Pharmacy Admission


Applications are reviewed weekly and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. 

Questions? Call Admissions and Student Affairs at 860.231.5858.

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Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to USJ's Pharm.D. program, you must first meet the following prerequisites. Contact us for more information.

Competitive candidates should achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the 50 semester credits of required prerequisite courses, with no grade below a C (C-minus grades are not accepted).

In addition, all candidates must:

  • Hold an earned bachelor's degree
  • Complete a minimum of 68 semester credits of pre-pharmacy study in a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Ordinarily, all prerequisite coursework should be less than seven calendar years old.
  • Complete all science and mathematics prerequisites by the end of the spring semester before entry into the program
  • Take the PCAT and have scores sent to PharmCAS. We recommend taking the exam in the fall just prior to the desired year of admission.

Required courses

Biological sciences - minimum 12 semester credits or 18 quarter units:

  • Microbiology with laboratory - 4 semester credits (6 quarter units)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratories - 8 semester credits (12 quarter units). Often a two-semester course. It may be an integrated course sequence or two separate courses.

Chemistry - minimum 16 semester credits or 24 quarter units:

  • General Chemistry with laboratories - 8 semester credits (12 quarter units)
  • Organic Chemistry with laboratories - 8 semester credits (12 quarter units)

Physics - minimum 4 semester credits or 6 quarter units:

General Physics with laboratory - 4 semester credits (6 quarter units). This course should include mechanics, universal laws of motion, force, energy, momentum and rotational systems, and an introduction to thermodynamics.

Mathematics - Minimum 6-7 semester credits, or 8-10 quarter units:

  • Calculus - 3-4 semester credits (4-6 quarter units). Should not be a survey course (e.g., business calculus) and should cover limits, continuity, functions (exponential, logarithmic, inverse trigonometric and hyperbolic), and derivatives and their applications.
  • Statistics - 3 semester credits (4 quarter units). Should include basic probability concepts and descriptive statistics, random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution, regression, correlation, sampling, confidence of estimations and hypothesis testing.

English - minimum 6 semester credits or 8 quarter units:

  • English composition - 3 semester credits (4 quarter units)
  • A second English course - 3 semester credits (4 quarter units). Should contain a substantial writing component.

Oral communication - minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter units:

May include speech, communication, and/or debate. Should focus on public speaking and develop articulation, coherence and confidence.

Economics - minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter units:

Should be a survey and analysis of consumer behavior, market structures, resource pricing, labor policy and current economic issues.

Additional required courses

Additional health-related science - at least 6 semester credits or 8 quarter units

Courses from any discipline that will prepare a student to excel in the Pharmacy profession. May include Computer Fundamentals, Mathematics above Calculus I, Biochemistry, Medical Terminology, Immunology, Genetics, Cell Biology.

Behavioral sciences - At least 6 semester credits or 8 quarter units:

May include Anthropology, Economics, Government, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies or other recognized discipline.

Humanities/fine arts - At least 6 semester credits or 8 quarter units:

May include Art, Drama, Theater, Literature, Religion, Music, Philosophy or Foreign Language.