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Frequently Asked Questions

For high school students, what is the first step toward admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy?
Take as many mathematics and science courses as you can. Even though the SIUE School of Pharmacy will not look at your high school grades, a good science/math background will prepare you for the many science courses that are included in the pre-pharmacy curriculum. You will spend at least the first two years of college completing courses in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics as well as completing some general education courses. Check the pre-pharmacy curriculum to see the list of courses you will be required to complete before applying to the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

For college students what is the first step toward admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy?
Begin taking courses toward completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum. If you are taking the pre-pharmacy courses at a college or university other than SIUE, check the web site for course equivalency lists to ensure that the course(s) will meet pre-pharmacy requirements.

Does SIUE admit students directly from high school to the Doctor of Pharmacy program?
Yes. Incoming freshmen who enter SIUE directly from high school may be considered for the Conditional Entry program (CEP). The CEP is an early assurance program that allows selected students to earn direct admission to the SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP). In order to qualify for consideration to the CEP students must apply to the Meridian Scholars Program at SIUE and indicate either pharmacy or pre-pharmacy as an area of intended study on the Meridian Scholars Program application. All such applicants will automatically be reviewed by the SOP for CEP consideration. On a competitive basis, candidates will be invited to interview with the SOP. Upon completion of all interviews, the top candidates will receive a formal invitation to participate in the CEP.

Do I have to complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at SIUE?
No. You may complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at any regionally accredited college or university. To view pre-pharmacy curriculum equivalencies between S IUE and other colleges and universities, click here.

How do I apply for admission?
Applications for the SIUE School of Pharmacy must be submitted via PharmCAS at http://www.pharmcas.org. Students should begin the application process one year before their intended start date. All applicants must submit the following directly to PharmCAS:

  • PharmCAS application
  • Official copies of all college and university transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • PCAT scores

In addition to the PharmCAS application, the SIUE School of Pharmacy requires that each student submit a supplemental application and non-refundable fee directly to the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

Can I apply to the SIUE School of Pharmacy before I complete all the pre-pharmacy requirements?
Yes. You should begin the application process one year before your intended start date.
When you complete your PharmCAS application you will be required to list all completed courses, all courses in which you are currently enrolled, and all courses that you plan to take prior to beginning the Pharm.D. program. Remember, pre-pharmacy courses must be completed with a "C" or better before beginning the program and in order to be considered for admission to the professional program, the minimum cumulative, pre-pharmacy, and pre-pharmacy science and mathematics grade point averages are 2.75.
Applications for admissions are evaluated based upon grades earned through the fall semester proceeding the term for which you are applying. You cannot use the spring term to repeat grades earned through the fall semester proceeding the term for which they are applying. So, if you earn a "D" or "F" in a pre-pharmacy course in the fall of 2014 you will be denied admission for the fall of 2015. Students will be required to have completed all pre-pharmacy courses in the spring term proceeding the intended start date. For example, students applying to enter the SOP in the fall of 2014 must complete all pre-pharmacy courses in the spring of 2014.

Can I declare my major as Pre Pharmacy?
Since you cannot earn a Bachelor's degree in Pre Pharmacy, you cannot major in Pre Pharmacy. Students may remain undeclared or declare a major in a department they would like to earn a degree in should they not pursue a degree in Pharmacy.

If I earn less than a grade of "C" in a pre-pharmacy course, may I repeat the course? Yes. However, students who have a total of five or more repeated courses within the pre-pharmacy curriculum will not be considered for admission to the program.
If a student has repeated a course (taken the same course multiple times), the repeat is averaged for the cumulative GPA calculation. If a student has repeated a pre pharmacy course, the most recent attempt is used to calculate the pre pharmacy and pre pharmacy math and science GPA. Remember that students who have a total of five or more repeated courses within the pre-pharmacy curriculum will not be considered for admission to the program.

Where can I get information about the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)?
You may call 1-800-622-3231 or visit the PCAT testing website at www.PCATweb.info. If you plan to apply to the SIUE School of Pharmacy for fall 2014 then you must take the PCAT no later than September of 2013. Send PCAT score to PharmCAS. Do not send scores to SIUE.

Can I take the PCAT at SIUE?
No. The PCAT is administered only at Pearson VUE Test Centers and will be administered in July, September, and January (the January test date is too late to meet the SIUE School of Pharmacy application deadline for fall, 2014). Register early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registering for the PCAT is a two-step process. First, go to www.PCATweb.info to register for the test. Be sure to carefully read all directions that are provided to you. Within 24 hours after you register for the PCAT you will receive an email notice with information about accessing your registration confirmation and how to schedule your seat to take the PCAT at a Pearson VUE Test Center. The deadlines for applying to the SIUE School of Pharmacy are firm. Failure to meet any deadline established by PCAT or PharmCAS means that you will not be admitted to the School for the fall of 2014.

Are residents of Illinois given preference during the admissions process?
Yes. Because we are a state supported institution, we give strong preference to residents of Illinois.

How many students will be admitted to the SIUE School of Pharmacy professional program?
Seventy-five to eighty students will be admitted each fall semester. We expect that this number will remain stable.

How long has SIUE offered its SIUE School of Pharmacy professional program?
The first class was admitted for the fall semester 2005.

How long is the program?
Once a student is admitted into the professional program, and provided he or she maintains good academic standing, the program requires completion of 4 years of full-time enrollment. Courses will be offered during the day only and will not be available to students on a part-time basis.

What type of degree will I receive?
SIUE School of Pharmacy graduates will earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

What happens if I am not admitted to the SIUE School of Pharmacy the first time I apply; may I re-apply for the next year?
Yes.

What is the cost of the SIUE School of Pharmacy program?
View current tuition and fees.