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Idaho State University

Application Process

Students must submit an application through PharmCAS (http://pharmcas.org), a centralized pharmacy college application service for PharmD programs.  The admissions application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ISU College of Pharmacy has two different admission application options – Early Decision and Regular. Please review the two options and determine the application option that is right for you.  Either option leads to admission into the same Doctor of Pharmacy program.  The application deadline is September 3 for Early Decision and March 2 for Regular Admission.  For Regular Admission applicants, ISU’s College of Pharmacy will use a “rolling admissions process” and applications are reviewed upon completion (all documents received and transcripts verified by PharmCAS).  Interviews will be held in the fall and spring semesters and applicants will receive via email invitations to attend in-person interviews. 

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

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

 

Regular Admissions

This application option is for students who will complete the prepharmacy and general education requirements by the end of the spring semester in which they are going through the PharmD admission process.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is preferred. The Regular Admissions application deadline is March 2.   For Regular Admission applicants, ISU’s College of Pharmacy will use a “rolling admissions process” and applications are reviewed upon completion (all documents received and transcripts verified by PharmCAS). 

All Doctor of Pharmacy application materials must be received by PharmCAS by March 2 to be considered for Regular Admission.

Application materials include: 

  1. Completed PharmCAS application for Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; PharmCAS application fees begin at $175
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college course work, including detailed evaluation of all international coursework – submitted to PharmCAS
  3. Three letters of recommendation, recommended that one of the three be from a pharmacist – Submitted to PharmCAS
  4. Personal Statement – Submitted to PharmCAS

 

Early Decision Admissions

This application option is for students who know early in their academic career that a PharmD is your goal and ISU College of Pharmacy is where you want to be.  You must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have completed at least the first year of prepharmacy requirements (general chemistry 1 and 2, general biology, statistics) with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 is preferred and completed at least four ISU General Education requirements or
  2. Have completed all prepharmacy requirements, will have completed at least an Associate of Arts/Sciences degree and can meet all of the PharmD application requirements by the September 3 application deadline.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain actual pharmacy experience prior to applying for admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Pharmacy experience can be gained through shadowing, volunteering or working at a pharmacy.

 

Admissions Timeline 2019-2020:

July 23 – PharmCAS Application opens for Early Decision and Regular Admission

September 3 – Application deadline for Early Decision

March 2 – Application deadline for Regular Admissions

October - April – Interviews for Admissions applicants (Notification of Admission within 1 week)