Admissions Requirements (Pharmacy)

Admissions Requirements (Pharmacy)

3+4 Accelerated Program in Pharmacy

Phase I - Penn State Behrend

Students will be admitted, on a competitive basis, to the Penn State Behrend phase of the program based upon the following minimum criteria:

  • SAT combined math and verbal score of 1200
  • High school GPA of 3.5 and high school rank in top 25% of class;
  • Additional evidence of scholarly and professional potential and desire to become a doctor of pharmacy.
  • Preference given to Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and southwestern New York residents from rural areas, but highly qualified applicants from other geographic locations will also be considered.

Application Process

1. To begin the application process, apply to Penn State University. Please indicate Penn State Erie as your first choice for Campus Location and Biology as your choice of major.

  • Applying for the Accelerated Program is a separate application, as this Accelerated program is only offered at the Erie campus.

  • Accelerated Program applications are due no later than January 15, 2018 for the Fall 2018 academic year.

2. Next, apply for Phase I of the 3 + 4 Accelerated Program in Pharmacy by completing this Application Form.

3. Acceptance to Phase I of the program is determined by Penn State Behrend Pre-Health committee members. You will be notified upon completion of this process.

If you have any questions, you may contact:

Dr. Tia Young, Pharmacy Pre-health Adviser, or Dr. Todd Cook, Coordinator of Pre-Health Advising at or call 814-898-6105.

Since admission to Phase I is granted on a competitive basis and there are a limited number of openings, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. Admission to Phase I grants the successful applicant conditional acceptance into Phase II. Acceptance into Phase II is based on the conditions outlined herein and is administered by the University at Buffalo.

Phase II - University at Buffalo

Penn State Behrend students can receive conditional acceptance based upon the anticipated completion of the Phase I program requirements before June 30th of the admission year. University at Buffalo may also require a formal interview with a designated interviewer as part of the Pharm.D. admission process. The Pharm.D. Admissions Committee is seeking the following minimum requirements:

  • Earn a prerequisite science and mathematics course GPA of 3.5 or better and overall GPA of 3.5 or better (on the 4.0 grading system);
  • Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) no later than October of the junior year and earned minimum scores of 400 (computed by combining the percentile scores in Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Biology, Chemistry, and Quantitative Ability). A maximum of two (2) test administrations will be allowed.
  • Submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of their junior year, no later than December 1 (or a mutually agreed upon date).
  • Receive a favorable letter of recommendation from the Penn State Behrend Health and Allied Health Professions Committee.
  • Meet the Pharm.D. Supplemental Application deadline of the first day of February.

See the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Admissions page for more details.