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PharmD Admissions Application Deadline Extended to May 1, 2024!

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

Students receive their white coat at a ceremony in Anchorage, AK

Idaho State University is the leading health education university in Idaho and is a public institution.

The ISU College of Pharmacy offers a 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree that can be completed in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho or in Anchorage, Alaska. PharmD students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Idaho (Boise, Pocatello, or Coeur d’Alene) or at our sites in Reno, Nevada or Anchorage, Alaska. 

Our Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPSCI) also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho.  Our BPSCI Department is the sole program in the state of Idaho for post-graduate education in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences.

We look forward to receiving your application to ISU's PharmD program.  Entry into the program is competitive. We accept only 55 new students each year from a large pool of qualified applicants.  

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance Program called ROAR Rx for students who know ISU's PharmD program is right for them.

PharmD Admissions and Application Information

In addition to the academic requirements for admission to the PharmD program, applicants must also demonstrate self awareness with the ability to reflect on motivation for pursuing a PharmD Degree and exhibit behaviors, values, and professionalism compatible with the role and responsibilities of the profession of Pharmacy.

Admission candidates must also possess the following abilities as required by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) the accrediting body for US Colleges of Pharmacy.

Professional Technical Standards

A candidate for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must possess, or be able to achieve through a reasonable accommodation, certain intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities that would enable the individual to acquire the knowledge and technical and clinical skills needed to complete, successfully, the curriculum in order to pursue a career in pharmacy practice. Upon matriculation to the program, the student must continue to possess, or be able to achieve through a reasonable accommodation, the personal competencies outlined below throughout their progression in the program. The practice of pharmacy requires the performance of specific functions that fall into five broad skills categories, including, but not limited to, the areas outlined below. Under all circumstances, a candidate or student should be able to perform the following in a reasonably independent manner, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Intellectual skills

Students must utilize effective learning techniques in order to assimilate and apply a detailed and complex curriculum to resolve individual drug-related problems. Students must be able to acquire knowledge through many modalities of teaching and instruction including independent learning, collaborative groups, projects, experiential training, and computer assisted learning. Students must demonstrate a fundamental and continuing ability to use analytical reasoning both independently and in collaboration with others to analyze and solve problems and explain healthcare situations. Students must be able to use information to develop appropriate drug therapy and monitoring plans in a reasonable amount of time.

Communication skills

Students must be able to communicate effectively in a broad range of academic and healthcare settings that includes patients, colleagues, and other healthcare team members. Students must understand, communicate, read, and write fluent English. Students must be able to communicate effectively with patients from a broad range of backgrounds, including the ability to recognize nonverbal communication cues.

Motor skills

Students must possess the motor, tactile, auditory, and visual abilities required to perform the duties of a generalist pharmacist, including accurately fulfilling all types of medication orders and utilizing diagnostic equipment or other means for patient assessment. Students must have sufficient physical stamina to complete the rigorous didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences, which consist of long periods of sitting, standing, or moving.

Behavioral, social, and emotional skills

Students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities. Students must demonstrate professional and ethical demeanor, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work in an interprofessional environment. Students must also be able to adapt to changes, function in the face of uncertainty, display flexibility and be able to ensure prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities. Compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, motivation, and concern for others are humanistic qualities expected of students.

Pre-pharmacy Academic Requirements

If you wish to be one of our students, you must complete all pre-pharmacy requirements by the end of the spring term of the year you apply. If necessary, Biochemistry may be completed in the early summer session prior to your admission. Your pre-pharmacy and general education requirements may be completed at any accredited two-or four-year college. These courses provide the foundation necessary for successful completion of the PharmD program.

In addition to to pre-pharmacy requirements, you will need to complete ISU's general education requirements OR complete an Associates of Arts or Science degree OR a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. The pre-pharmacy requirements and ISU General Education Objectives are listed below:

Pre-pharmacy Courses Semester Credits 
General Biology with Lab (ISU's BIOL 1101) 4
General Chemistry I & II with labs (ISU's CHEM 1111, 1112) 8
Intro to Statistics (ISU's MATH 1153) 3
Brief Calculus (ISU's MATH 1160) 3
Organic Chemistry I & II with labs (ISU's CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304) 8
Biochemistry (ISU's BIOL 4432) 3
General Physics I (ISU's PHYS 1111) no lab required 3
Principles of Microbiology with lab (ISU's BIOL 2233/2233L) 4
Economics (ISU's Macro ECON 2201 or Micro ECON 2202) 3
Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs (ISU's BIOL 3301, 3302) or (ISU's BIOL 2227, 2228)    8
Other Requirements
Complete a minimum of 72 college/university semester credits before beginning the PharmD program at ISU
Students will be expected to complete Idaho State University General Education Objectives OR complete an Associates of Arts or Science degree OR a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree.

Course equivalents for Alaskan applicants



The PharmD Curriculum is provided in an environment characterized by sensitivity to the importance of diversity through the utilization of traditional and innovative delivery methods, and tailored to meet the needs of the citizens of Idaho, Alaska and beyond. The College of Pharmacy has an innovative and forward-thinking faculty who have designed a progressive curriculum to enable you to join the profession of pharmacy as a highly competent pharmacy practitioner. The mission of the College's Doctor of Pharmacy program is to develop caring and highly capable pharmacists who positively impact the health care needs of people in our communities, the state and nation.  We are committed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession and the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences through research, service and patient-centered care. 

Doctor of Pharmacy First Year

The first year in the PharmD program will provide a firm foundation in the basic sciences.  Curriculum topics include:

  • Physiology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology

In other courses, students will learn about literature evaluation, research design, career opportunities, and current issues in healthcare. 

Doctor of Pharmacy Second and Third Years

The second- and third-year courses are presented in a modular format, in which the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics and pharmacotherapy of specific organ systems or diseases are integrated into one intensive course focusing on disease-state management. These courses will prepare you for the practice of pharmacy. The focus of these courses is:

  • Renal/Pulmonary
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pain Management  
  • Pediatric/Geriatric Pharmacotherapy             
  • Endocrine
  • Hepatic/Nutrition/Gastrointestinal                     
  • Central Nervous System
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hematology/Oncology

Doctor of Pharmacy Fourth Year

The final 42 weeks are devoted to full-time Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) at various clerkship sites, which are established in the following locations:

  • Pocatello, Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Anchorage, Alaska

These sites offer the most innovative and highest quality pharmaceutical care being practiced today. Rotations begin in late May and continue throughout the ensuing 12 months after successful completion of the third-year.

APPE's are under the close supervision of well qualified preceptors at sites located throughout Idaho, Nevada and Alaska.  Students build on the skills and knowledge obtained in the previous three years of the pharmacy curriculum and have the opportunity to serve a wide variety of patient populations in various practice settings.  

Dual Degree Programs

Our joint-degree program permits you to study concurrently for a PharmD and a graduate degree. Professional pharmacy students may apply for early admission to a graduate program following completion of the PharmD first year.  Possible degrees include:

  • PharmD/MPH (Masters of Public Health)
  • PharmD/MBA (Masters of Business Administration) 
  • PharmD/PhD in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain pharmacy experience prior to applying for admission to the PharmD program. Pharmacy experience can be gained through shadowing or working in a paid position within a pharmacy.

Students must submit an application through PharmCAS (http://pharmcas.org), the centralized pharmacy college application service for PharmD programs. 

ISU’s College of Pharmacy uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed within one week of completion (i.e., all documents received and verified by PharmCAS). Applicants who are invited to interview will be contacted to schedule a virtual/remote interview.

Admission Application Deadline

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle in order to assure assignment to your preferred campus location. The application opens in late July. Final deadline May 1, 2024.

This application option is for all other students who plan to complete the prepharmacy and general education requirements by the May 1 application deadline. 

Application Materials

  1. Completed PharmCAS application for Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; PharmCAS application fees begin at $175
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college coursework, including detailed evaluation of all international coursework – submitted to PharmCAS
  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferred that one of the two be from a pharmacist – submitted to PharmCAS
  4. Application essay (personal statement) – submitted to PharmCAS

International Students

Your first step as an international student will be to contact our ISU International Programs Office (IPO) for assistance in determining your student visa status and other important information.

For initial determination of projected coursework, international students must submit to the ISU College of Pharmacy an official WES (World Education Services) detailed course-by-course evaluation of all international course work, including international transcripts.  Additionally, when it is time to apply for admission to the PharmD Program, a second official WES evaluation must be sent directly to PharmCAS.

International student are required to complete a portion of their pre-pharmacy curriculum at a U.S. college or university, and submit official transcripts to PharmCAS.  You should consult with the IPO Office and the ISU College of Pharmacy to determine which courses you will complete in the U.S.

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree will be required for all international students, as posted on an official transcript or WES evaluation.  The only exception to this degree requirement would be if you are an ISU undergraduate student during the totality of your pre-pharmacy curriculum, and then you matriculate directly into the ISU PharmD Program.

Admissions Timeline

July 13 – PharmCAS opens

May 1 – application deadline for regular admission

Monthly – remote/virtual interviews (notification of admission decision post-interview within 1 week).  If you would like to schedule a tour on the College of Pharmacy campus of your preference, please let us know.

Criminal Background Check

Upon acceptance into the PharmD program, students are required to complete criminal background checks. An applicant will be disqualified from admission for a criminal record of conviction, plea agreement, withheld judgment, and/or pending charges considered serious in nature (felony or misdemeanor). Contact the College directly before applying if you have any questions about this policy.

Cost per semester for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

  Alaska Campus Idaho Resident Nonresident Nonresident with NRTW in year one* Nonresident becomes resident in years two-four**
ISU Tuition & Fees $0 $4,305 $13,860 $4,305 $4,305
Pharm.D. Fees $15,963 $7,405 $10,190 $10,190 $7,405
Malpractice Insurance $5 $5 $5 $5 $5
TOTAL $15,968 $11,715 $24,055 $14,500 $11,715

*Non-Resident Tuition Waiver (NRTW)

Available in program year one to US residents with an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. Students are notified upon offer of acceptance into the program.

**Apply for Idaho Residency

Available in program years two through four to US residents. Students must request Idaho residency with the Office of the Registrar in the spring semester of program year one.

Where fees are used

Wages and benefits 69.86%
Material, supplies, communication, other 13.65%
Pharmacy Practice Experience support 7.86%
Capital Expenditure 8.63%


Doctor of Pharmacy students receive over $500,000 in scholarships annually, of which the College of Pharmacy directly awarded $400,000 in 2022-23.  Many scholarships are made available through the generosity of alumni and donors. 

L. S. Skaggs College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited through June 2025 by:

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60603-3346
Phone: (312) 664-3575
Fax: (866) 228-2631

All 3 campus locations offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are fully accredited by ACPE through June 2025.

Quality Indicators

Passing Rates of First-Time Candidates on NAPLEX by Campus/Branch/Pathway
  2023 2022 2021 2020 2019
Overall College Passing Rate 79.50% 68.90% 85.70% 88.19% 82.35%
Meridian Site TBA 71.90% 83.80% 90.32% 90.63%
Pocatello Site TBA 58.10% 83.90% 86.49% 75.00%
Anchorage Site TBA 90.90% 100.00% 100.00% N/A
National Average 78.60% 79.60% 82.00% 86.40% 87.10%

5 year NAPLEX Rate by Campus 5 year on time graduation rates 5 year residency match rate

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