Early Decision:

  • Apply to School of Pharmacy via PharmCAS beginning in Mid-July.  Deadline for submission of PharmCAS application is September 5, 2017. 
  • Take Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) in either July or September. The July date is preferred. 
  • Once School of Pharmacy receives completed PharmCAS Application, those considered eligible for early decision admission will receive a supplemental application. Deadline for submitting completed supplemental application is 10 business days after application sent from School of Pharmacy. 
  • Interviews of qualified applicants take place beginning in mid to late September. Offers will be made by October 20.

Regular Decision:

  • Apply to School of Pharmacy via PharmCAS beginning in Mid-July.  Deadline for submission of PharmCAS application is March 1, 2018. 
  • Take Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) in either July, September or any available date through January. 
  • Once School of Pharmacy receives completed PharmCAS Application, those considered eligible for admission will receive a supplemental application. NOTE: Review of completed and received PharmCAS applications will begin in late Fall 2017. Only Applicants deemed qualified by the Committee on Admissions will receive a supplemental application. Deadline for submitting completed supplemental application is 10 business days after application sent from School of Pharmacy. 
  • Interviews of qualified applicants take place beginning in early January and conclude by mid-March.

See below for more details on the admissions process.

Applications:

WVU School of Pharmacy employs a holistic admissions process that looks at overall GPA (OPGA), pre-requisite GPA (PPGA), PCAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, personal interview, honors and awards, service, and employment. While there is no set GPA or PCAT scores, typically a PCAT at the 50th percentile or above and OPGA and PPGA’s of at least 3.0 are considered competitive.

All applications for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must be submitted electronically via PharmCAS (http://www.PharmCAS.org).  Applications are available for the Fall 2018 process beginning in Mid-July.  

Prerequisite Course Requirements:

Prerequisite coursework must be completed at a U.S. or foreign accredited institution of higher education.

Testing Requirements:

All applicants must take the PCAT within five years of the admissions cycle. The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required. To insure that test scores are received in time for consideration by the Committee on Admissions, applicants are advised to take the test during the summer or fall administrations of the exam. Applicants are encouraged to take the exam at one of the earliest test dates. PCAT scores are to be sent to PharmCAS (be sure to use PCAT code 104). A composite PCAT score above the 50th percentile is preferred. 

Letters of Recommendation:

Three (3) letters are required, two of which must be from faculty who have the ability to evaluate the candidates academic abilities including written and oral communication skills, motivation, integrity, intellectual curiosity, empathy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills at the collegiate level. The third recommendation letter may be from any individual found on the recommended list below. Due to the PharmCAS limit of four LORs accepted from each applicant, the applicant may need to send additional LORs directly to WVU in order to meet WVU LOR requirements. Those applicants are required to send them to the address below by March 1, 2018, deadline.

WVU School of Pharmacy
Attn: LOR
1122 HSN
PO Box 9500
Morgantown, WV 26506-9500

  • REQUIRED:
  • At least two recommendations must come from a professor
  • RECOMMENDED: 
    • Employer
    • Faculty Adviser
    • Health Care Professional
    • Pharmacist
    • Pre-Health Adviser
    • Professor (Liberal Arts)
    • Professor (Math)
    • Professor (Science)
    • Supervisor
    • Teaching Assistant
    • Committee Letter
    • Composite Letter
  • NOT ACCEPTED: 
    • Clergy
    • Co-Worker
    • Family Member
    • Friend
    • Politician

Personal Interview:

Applicants deemed eligible by the Committee on Admissions will be scheduled for a personal interview. 

Post Interview Information:

Within two weeks after the interview, a candidate will receive a letter designating his/her assignment to one of three possible categories:

  • Provisional Admission - The applicant will be admitted into the class provided that any and all outstanding prerequisite coursework is completed satisfactorily by the conclusion of the spring semester. Also, the applicant must remain free of any violations of the Code of Conduct of the School of Pharmacy and West Virginia University or any law that would prevent his/her licensure as an intern. Applicants offered admission must send a non-refundable tuition deposit to hold their place in the class.
  • Deferred - A final decision will not be made on the applicant until all interviews are completed or all spring grades have been received.  
  • Denied - The candidate is not competitive for admission this cycle.

If a candidate is admitted, he/she must accept or decline the offer of admission within the time period stated in the letter offering admission.

Questions? Contact:

Office of Student Services
WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
School of Pharmacy
1122 HSN
PO Box 9500
Morgantown, WV  26506-9500
Phone:  304-293-1894
Fax:  304-293-1447