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The West Virginia University Doctor of Pharmacy Program comprises four years of professional study preceded by a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework in an accredited U.S. or foreign college or university. The primary objective of the School of Pharmacy is to educate practitioners for current and future roles in the profession of pharmacy and to educate pharmaceutical scientists for careers in teaching and research.
To prepare for the professional curriculum, students must complete a pre-pharmacy curriculum that emphasizes the biological and physical sciences. In addition, pre-pharmacy students must complete a variety of courses of their choosing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. For a listing of prerequisite coursework, a listing of the prerequisites offered at WVU, and a listing of the prerequisites offered at other West Virginia colleges or universities, please view the links to the left. Students completing prerequisite coursework at a college outside of West Virginia should consult their academic advisor to help identify course equivalencies. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
High school students should prepare for the pre-pharmacy curriculum by focusing on the sciences, including higher mathematics (e.g., calculus). Students considering pharmacy as a career are encouraged to obtain exposure to professional practice via job shadowing or work experience. Good oral and written communication skills are essential.
For a complete listing of admission requirements, please visit the Admissions Procedures and Requirements page for more information. Admission to the professional program is currently quite competitive.