Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

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It's time for bigger goals. The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy will guide you in transforming your interests and talents into a meaningful career, adding depth and a greater sense of purpose to your aspirations. You will be prepared for a career in pharmacy now and will be on the forefront of future pharmacy practice.

Dual Doctor of Pharmacy/Bachelor of Science In Pharmacy Foundations Program

All students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program automatically earn a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Foundations in addition to a Pharm.D. at graduation.

Almost all student pharmacists enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program automatically earn a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Foundations (BSPF) in addition to a Pharm.D. at graduation. Student pharmacists earn the Pharm.D. and BSPF simultaneously with no added cost, time or stress. Make the most of your time on campus by graduating with two degrees and the knowledge, skills and confidence to build (start optional) the bridge to your future in (end optional) a rewarding and exciting pharmacy career.

Pharm.D. graduates ineligible to receive the B.S. in Pharmacy Foundations include applicants already holding a bachelor's degree prior to starting the Pharm.D. program and student pharmacists opting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree and other special cases.

Direct Entry Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) On Campus

Graduating high school students enter into the Direct Entry (0-6) program at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. Students meeting progression standards automatically transition from the pre-professional phase (years one and two) to the professional phase (years three, four, five and six) of the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.

In the pre-professional phase, student pharmacists build a strong foundation for the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program by taking science (biology, general and organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology*, and microbiology*), math (calculus and statistics), and liberal arts courses in addition to the Bridges Common Learning Experience Curriculum and four pre-professional pharmacy seminars (led by Student Success Coaches and faculty) to help student pharmacists prepare for the professional phase and explore different pharmacy career paths.

Unlike other pharmacy schools, the guaranteed seat in the professional phase offered through the Direct Entry option at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy removes the professional phase application and admissions processes and eliminates competition for seats in the professional phase of the program among pre-professional students, allowing student pharmacists to focus on their studies, college experiences, and meeting the following criteria:

  1. Earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade below a "C" at the end of EACH semester in the pre-professional phase and no course withdrawals after the add/drop period.
  2. Have made and continue to make normal academic progress in all pre-professional pharmacy courses.
  3. Demonstrate eligibility for admission through a standardized interview.

*For incoming Fall 2023 Freshman

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Notes: For the purposes of Direct Entry, none of the pre-professional pharmacy courses may be repeated to improve the student's GPA. If a student must repeat a course in order to satisfy a prerequisite, the first grade received in the course is also used in the calculation of the student's advancement GPA.

The PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) is optional. If student pharmacists elect to take the exam, a minimum score of 375 is recommended.


Current undergraduate students with four completed semesters and a minimum of 64 credits (including required prerequisites courses) are eligible to transfer directly into the professional phase of the on-campus program.

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