Pre-Pharmacy/Pharm.D.

A shorter path to a Pharm.D. degree
Six years is all it takes to earn your Pharm.D. degree at UToledo — two years of pre-professional course work and four years of professional Pharm.D. course work. It can take one or two years longer at other universities.

UTOLEDO – ONE OF OHIO'S BEST PHARMACY PROGRAMS

Note: UToledo students pursuing a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences (B.S.P.S.) and who want to become a scientist also are considered pre-pharmacy. This pages addresses only students who plan to pursue a Pharm.D. degree and become a pharmacist.

90%
Passage rate above the national average on the standard pharmacy exam (NAPLEX)

91%
Passage rate above the national and state averages on in-state pharmacy law exam


UToledo has one of Ohio's top pharmacy schools.

  • Graduates in our nationally ranked Pharm.D. program consistently pass licensure and pharmacy law exams at rates higher than the national average.
  • Our six-year Pharm.D. program saves you time and money. UToledo's pre-pharmacy track is just two years, compared to three or four years at many other schools. The professional portion of the Pharm.D. program takes four years to complete.
  • Dedicated advisors, success coaches and academic support centers. Pharmacy programs are rigorous. We offer you the resources to be successful.
  • Combine your Pharm.D. degree with another graduate degree in business or research.

Our pharmacy students have a full college experience.

  • Spend your first two years on UToledo's Main Campus. Get involved in student organizations and participate fully in student life. The pharmacy school has 20+ student organizations.
  • Spend the next four professional years just a few miles away on our Health Science Campus — one of the most technically advanced medical campuses in the U.S. and home to the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Read more about Why UToledo Pharmacy is one of Ohio's best pharmacy programs.

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PATHWAYS TO A PHARM.D. DEGREE

There are various routes – or pathways – to a Pharm.D. degree. If you meet our program requirements when you apply to UToledo, you are accepted either as a contingent admission or pre-pharmacy student. What's the difference? It's all about when you know you have secured a spot in the four-year professional portion of the program. We don't require the PCAT entrance exam for admission to the Pharm.D. program.

Pathways to a Pharm.D. Degree


TIMELINE TO A PHARM.D. DEGREE

YEARS 1 AND 2: PRE-PROFESSIONAL YEARS

  • All undergraduates take basic science and math courses, including:
    • chemistry
    • biology
    • physics
    • calculus
    • physiology
  • Undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in research. Pre-pharmacy students can work with faculty members conducting cutting-edge research in areas such as cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, opioid addiction and more.
  • Once students meet the necessary requirements, they can then apply to the Pharm.D. program.
    • Can apply for early admission after year 1.
    • Can apply to through the traditional pathway during year 2.

YEARS 3 AND 4 (PHARM.D.)

  • Take courses in the Pharm.D. professional program.
  • Earn a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences degree at the end of year 4.

YEARS 5 AND 6 (PHARM.D.)

  • Finish course work and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.
  • Graduate with a Pharm.D.

Meet Elise Illius

’22, Doctor of Pharmacy

"Each of our professors has worked tirelessly to ensure our COVID educational experience was/is as painless as possible and they have given constant emotional support throughout."

Meet Ryan Strausbaugh

’22, Doctor of Pharmacy

"I chose UToledo because I was highly impressed with the quality of education that was offered to those working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Coming from a small town, I also appreciated that the college of pharmacy offered the small class size that I was used to, while providing all the opportunities of a larger university."

 

ACCREDITATION

Our Pharm.D. program is accredited by the ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education). It leads to licensure as a pharmacist and satisfies the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio. Requirements for licensure eligibility vary from state to state. Please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired UToledo program will meet the eligibility criteria for the credentials you seek. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website contains state board directories.

Learn more about our pharmacy quality indicators ― exam passage rates, placement rates and graduation rates.

Learn more about Pharm.D. degree requirements, outcomes and curriculum.

LATEST PHARMACY SOFTWARE

We partner with PioneerRx, the leading pharmacy software. PioneerRx allows you to experience a realistic setting that replicates the workflow and tasks of a real pharmacy. Learn more about PioneerRx pharmacy computer software and see how it compares to other software vendors.


Questions?

For questions regarding the Pharm.D. program and admissions, please contact our admissions team at 419.530.2010 or pharmacy@utoledo.edu.

Last Updated: 9/22/21