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.


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

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

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

$70 - 100K
Starting salary

UToledo has one of Ohio's top pharmacy schools.

  • UToledo provides students with outstanding experiential hands-on learning opportunities.
  • UToledo has 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 Pharm.D. program saves you time and money. UToledo’s pre-pharmacy track is just two years for those who have no previous coursework, compared to three or four years at many other schools. The professional division of the Pharm.D. program takes four years to complete without any previous pharmacy education.

Students who do their entire pharmacy education at UToledo have a full college experience.

  • Spend your first two years on UToledo's Main Campus. Get involved in any of our 20+ pharmacy 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.

Read more about Why UToledo Pharmacy is right for you.

Want more information?


There are multiple routes – or pathways – to a Pharm.D. degree. No matter where you are in your educational journey, we have a pathway for you.

Direct from High School Pathway

  • We offer direct admission to the Pharm.D. program to highly qualified high school seniors. This means that you won't have to apply later to the professional division. You're automatically admitted.
  • If you don't have any college credit, you will complete two years of pre-pharmacy coursework and four years of professional division coursework. You will earn your Pharm.D. degree in six years.

Transfer Student Pathway

  • If you have some college credit, you may enter the pre-pharmacy program to complete prerequisite courses. If you have already completed prerequisites, you may apply for admission to the professional division. The timeline for this pathway can vary depending upon your credit hours. But it will likely be less than six years to complete the program.

Professional Pathway

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in a science or pharmacy-related field), you can apply for admission into the professional division of the program. This pathway takes four years to program completion.
  • There is no GPA or PCAT requirement to apply.

Learn more about pathways and requirements.


If you have questions about the Direct from High School Pathway, contact Gina Gass.

Gina Gass

Gina Gass


 If you have questions about the Transfer Student  or Professional Pathway, contact Robin Van Hoy.

Robin Van Hoy

Robin Van Hoy


If you have questions about the Pharm.D. admissions process, contact Meghan Schumaker.

Meghan Schumaker

Meghan Schumaker


How to apply

  • Apply to UToledo and indicate pre-pharmacy or pharmacy as your major of interest.
  • Complete the pre-professional coursework.
  • Apply to the professional division of the program in PharmCAS.


  • Chemistry courses/labs (general and organic)
  • Biology and Lab
  • Calculus
  • Human Physiology
  • Physics (for sciences recommended)
  • Calculus (for sciences recommended)
  • Statistics
  • English/Composition


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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."



Our Pharm.D. program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). 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.


Last Updated: 6/27/22