Applying to the Fisher Pharm.D. Online Program

Admissions standards for the Fisher Pharm.D. Online program pathway from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College reflect the same high standards of excellence as our on-campus program. We are looking for candidates who are committed to improving the lives of those they serve and having an impact on the pharmacy profession, and who hold both the intellect and industry to be successful in our program and beyond.

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Application Requirements

To apply to the online pathway, applicants must submit or complete:

  • An application through PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • A virtual or in-person interview with faculty or professional staff
  • The PCAT is now optional for the upcoming cohort. If you believe the PCAT provides evidence of your growth and academic preparedness, we encourage you to complete the PCAT during the next administration.

To be considered for the program pathway, applicants must:

  • Have completed 62 semester hours of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university. The prerequisite course requirements are outlined below.
    • General Course Requirements
      • English/Literature – 6 semester hours (one course must be English Writing/Composition)
      • Speech – 3 semester hours (recommend Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)
      • Economics – 3 semester hours
      • Humanities and/or Social/Behavioral Sciences – 12 semester hours
    • Science and Math Requirements
      • Calculus – 3 semester hours
      • Statistics – 3 semester hours
      • General Chemistry – 8 semester hours with lab component
      • Organic Chemistry – 8 semester hours with lab component
      • Physics – 4 semester hours with lab component
      • Biology – 12 semester hours with lab component

Lab-based science courses must be completed within the past five years. Some students whose prerequisites were completed more than five years ago may wish to petition for an exception to the five year rule, rather than retaking these courses. These students will be required to take the PCAT prior to requesting an exception, as the purpose of the five year rule is to ensure that a student’s critical, science-based knowledge is current enough to ensure success in the program. Students seeking this waiver may also be asked to provide information on current, relevant work experience related to the sciences.

Grades below C cannot be accepted toward completion of these requirements. Advanced Placement courses are not accepted for science courses; however, upper-division science courses may be accepted in lieu of courses in which AP credit was given.

An application may be submitted after the completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework; however, all pre-professional coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Minimum GPA

Cumulative and science GPAs of 2.75 are considered minimally competitive. However, most students accepted to the program have performed at a much higher level.

Interview

The admissions committee will identify and invite the most qualified candidates for an interview. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. Students applying to the online pathway will have the option of having a virtual interview or visiting campus for an in-person interview.

Background Check

Accepted students will be subject to a criminal background check. The criminal background check must be completed prior to the start of classes, and students are responsible for the costs associated with having the background check completed.

International Applicants

Non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The minimum accepted scores on the TOEFL are:

  • 575 paper-based
  • 233 computer-based
  • 80 Internet-based

In addition to submitting TOEFL scores, international applicants will need to send transcripts from international institutions to World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation.

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