Early Assurance Admission Plan

With the Early Assurance plan, the School will strengthen its commitment to students who choose Duquesne School of Pharmacy for all six years of of the Pharm.D. program.

All freshmen who are accepted into the pre-professional phase (years 1 and 2) are automatically enrolled in our professional phase (years 3 through 6) of our six-year Pharm.D. program if they meet 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 of the pre-professional pharmacy program and no course withdrawals after the add-drop period. (Note: For the purposes of Early Assurance, 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)
  2. Have made and continue to make normal progress in all pre-professional pharmacy courses;
  3. Demonstrate eligibility for admission through a standardized in-person interview;
  4. Achieve a minimum composite PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) score of 375.

Final acceptance for entry into the professional phase of the program will be contingent upon successful completion of all program prerequisites.

NOTE: Those students who do not maintain the early assurance criteria as noted above will remain eligible for admission to the professional program based on a composite interview, academic performance, and PCAT score.