Pharmacy College Admission Test


PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test):  The PCAT is required for admission into the PharmD program.  There is no minimum PCAT score required.  PCAT scores will be considered as part of an overall profile of each applicant which includes GPA, letters of recommendation, communication skills, etc.

Scores must be received by the College of Pharmacy by February 1 of the year you are applying.  ISU’s PCAT code is 015.  PCAT scores must be no older than 3 years.   Please take a look at the PCAT website and find many details regarding testing dates, test content and fees.

Application Process


The admissions application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ISU College of Pharmacy has two different admission application options – Early Assurance and Traditional.  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 which will challenge you and help you to develop into a crucial member of a profession with abundant opportunities.

The Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee is charged with selecting candidates who best demonstrate the academic achievement, emotional maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for success in the College of Pharmacy. Students admitted must possess the mental, emotional, and physical abilities to complete the curriculum and ultimately perform the functions of a generalist pharmacy graduate. These professional technical standards are essential to ensure that students are capable of achieving the basic competencies in pharmacy practice adopted by the College.

Early Assurance 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 with a gpa of at least 3.0 and meet specific criteria outlined here  - Early Assurance Criteria
  2. Have completed all prepharmacy requirements, will have completed at least an Associates of Arts/Sciences degree and can meet all of the PharmD application requirements by the September 5 application deadline

Traditional Admissions

This application option is for students who are completing 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 required. The Traditional Admissions application deadline is February 1.

The application must be submitted online to the College of Pharmacy no later than February 1. Hard copies of the following are also due February 1:

  • Official college transcripts
  • A $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three completed recommendation forms  (one from a pharmacist)
  • Personal Statement
  • PCAT Scores (Due February 1 for all applicants)

For more information, please visit our PharmD admissions web page.

If you are accepted into the PharmD program, we will ask you to also apply to Idaho State University's undergraduate program. Once the entering class is finalized, students are transferred to the professional program and permitted to register for classes.

There are two components of the admissions process: the completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy application and the subsequent required interview for selected applicants. To qualify for consideration, application materials must arrive to the College of Pharmacy by 5:00pm MST on September 5, 2017 for Early Assurance admissions and February 1, 2018 for Traditional application:  Online application submitted electronically, hard copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and PCAT scores delivered to the college, and the $55 application fee paid.

Application Instructions

Pharmacy Experience

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.

Please note that all communication with the College of Pharmacy regarding the application process must be from the individual applying.

Application Timeline:

August 1 – Application opens for Early Assurance and Traditional Admission

September 5 – Application Deadline for Early Assurance

October – Early Assurance Admission Interviews

November – Notification of Admission of Early Assurance Applicants

February 1 – Application Deadline for Traditional Admissions

March (early) – Interviews for Traditional Admissions

March (late) – Notification of Admission for Traditional Admission Applicants

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy does not participate in PharmCAS