Direct Entry (0-6) Admission Plan

Through the Direct Entry (0-6) option 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.