A shorter path to a Pharm.D. degree
Six years is all it takes to earn your PharmD degree at UToledo — two years of pre-professional course work and four years of professional Pharm.D. course work. At other universities, your pre-professional classes may take three or four years.

The basics of UToledo’s pre-pharmacy track

At The University of Toledo, pre-pharmacy refers to two categories of students:

  • Those pursuing a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences degree (B.S.P.S.) and who want to become a scientist
  • Those who plan to apply to the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program and become a pharmacist

 This page addresses only students who plan to pursue a Pharm.D. degree.

 All pre-pharmacy students take two years of pre-professional courses. The professional portion of the Pharm.D. program takes four years to complete.

 Admission to the UToledo Pharm.D. program is competitive. You can apply during three points in your academic career:

  • Directly from high school when you apply to UToledo (contingent admission)
  • After year 1 (early admission)
  • During year 2 (traditional pathway)

 Admission Requirements to Pre-Pharmacy Track

2.5 high school GPA or 170 in each category (2014 format) GED or 20 ACT/1030 SAT for those applying with test scores

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Your path 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 research is encouraged. 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.
  • Students apply to Pharm.D. programs.
    • Can apply for early admission to UToledo’s Pharm.D. program after year 1.
    • Can apply to Pharm.D. programs at the traditional time, 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.

Pre-pharmacy pathways to the UToledo Pharm.D. program

Contingent Admission

Exceptionally qualified high school seniors can apply for contingent admission to the Pharm.D. program when they apply to UToledo.


  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in a college preparatory high school curriculum

How to apply for contingent admission to UToledo Pharm.D.

Select “Pharmaceutical Sciences & Doctor of Pharmacy Licensure” under Academic Interest on either the UToledo admission application or the Common App. If you meet the requirements for contingent admission, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will notify you of next steps. You may still be admitted to the pre-pharmacy program if you don’t qualify for contingent admission.

 Contingent admission students may apply for Pharmacy Excellence Scholarships.

 Contingent admission guarantees a seat in the professional division of the Pharm.D. program when you maintain a cumulative and science GPA of 3.5 during your freshman and sophomore years at UToledo.  The PCAT (pharmacy school entrance exam) is not required.

Early Admission

Students earning cumulative and science GPAs of at least 3.75 by the end of their first year at UToledo may apply for early admission, which guarantees a seat in the professional division of the Pharm.D. program. Specific, required science courses must have been taken at UToledo or credit earned during high school. The PCAT is not required.

Traditional Admission

You also can apply to the Pharm.D. program in the traditional way, during your second year of the pre-professional program. The applicant pool for this pathway includes UToledo students and students from other universities.

Why should you apply to UToledo’s pharmacy school?

  • Our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is nationally ranked (U.S. News & World Report).
  • Early admittance pathways let you know sooner whether you have a seat in the professional division of the Pharm.D. program.
  • We have dedicated advisors, success coaches and academic support centers. Pre-pharmacy programs are rigorous. We offer you all the resources to be successful.
  • Our six-year program will save you time. UToledo’s pre-pharmacy track is just two years, compared to three or four years at many other schools.
  • You will 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. Participate in patient care at The University of Toledo Medical Center.
    • In addition to our selective-admission PharmD program and our BSPS majors, UToledo has many other academic and career options. We are one of the most comprehensive universities in the country and offer more than 120 undergraduate degree programs.
Last Updated: 8/26/20