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School of Pharmacy

Degrees Offered

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • M.S., Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences


Pharmacy was first offered at West Virginia University as a department in the School of Medicine in 1914. The College of Pharmacy emerged as a separate entity in 1936 and became the School of Pharmacy in 1958. In 1960 the School of Pharmacy changed from a four-year to a five-year program and in 1998 to a six-year program. The doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program comprises four years of professional study preceded by a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy study in an accredited U.S. college of arts and sciences.

The mission of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy is to improve the health and well-being of West Virginians and society at large by educating students and practitioners to provide optimal pharmaceutical care; conducting vital research that advances scientific knowledge, pharmacy practice, and economic development; and providing direct and supportive services to patients, the community, and the profession.

Most pharmacy graduates enter practice in community or institutional pharmacies; however, positions are also available in various government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, long-term care, nuclear pharmacy, and home health-care organizations. Pharmacists are eligible for commissions in the armed forces and the U.S. Public Health Service. Pharmacists also may prepare for careers in teaching and research through graduate study.

The WVU School of Pharmacy offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences and health outcomes research.


The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Council is composed of members from the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the American Council on Education.

The School of Pharmacy holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, whose objective is to promote the interests of pharmaceutical education.








Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Requirements

WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Select one of the following3-6
Composition And Rhetoric
   and Composition And Rhetoric
Accelerated Academic Writing
Select one of the following:3-8
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
   and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
BIOL 115Principles of Biology *4
BIOL 117Introductory Physiology4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 235Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 236Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
PHYS 101
  & PHYS 102
Introductory Physics
   and Introductory Physics **
Select one of the following:
Elemntry Statistical Inference
Elemntry Busness/Economcs Stat
Microbiology options:3-4
Medical Microbiology (Microbiology options:)
General Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Total Hours45-54


BIOL 101,BIOL 102, BIOL 103 and BIOL 104 may be taken in place of BIOL 115. BIOL 115 is preferred.


 PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 may be taken in place of PHYS 101 and PHYS 102, and in some cases PHYS 111 and PHYS 102 may count toward the Physics requirement.


Electives must be designed to satisfy the University General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements. (See "General Education Curriculum" for a listing of specific courses.)

In addition, it is recommended that applicants take undergraduate courses in cellular biology and biochemistry.

Admissions are competitive. It should be noted that applicants with GPAs below 3.0 are not admitted. Criteria used to evaluate candidates include academic performance, as measured by the grade point averages(GPA) for all the above-noted pre-requisite courses, and the cumulative GPA achieved in all prior college-level coursework, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores (including a written essay), a personal interview, and letters of recommendation. All prerequisite courses must be taken at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education and completed with a grade of C or better. Priority is given to qualified West Virginia residents, applicants who have performed the majority of their prerequisite course work in a WV college or university, and applicants who have already earned a bachelors degree. Careful consideration is given to those personal qualifications which bear upon the fitness of applicants for the study and practice of the profession of pharmacy.

All applicants must first file an initial electronic application with the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). Instructions for completing the application are found on the PharmCAS website, . Application deadlines are subject to change; check PharmCAS, the School of Pharmacy webpage at , or contact the school to verify current deadlines. Supplemental applications specific to the WVU School of Pharmacy will then be sent to selected candidates deemed qualified by the Committee on Admissions. A $50 application fee must accompany the supplemental application.

Each applicant who is recommended for acceptance is required to deposit $400 (if WV resident) or $800 (if non-WV resident) before his or her name is added to the official list of those accepted by the School of Pharmacy. If the applicant enrolls, this sum is applied to the first-semester tuition. If the applicant fails to enroll, this deposit is forfeited.

With enrollment in the School of Pharmacy, all students must comply with the immunization and diagnostic procedures required by the WVU Board of Governors, WVU, the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, and the School of Pharmacy.

Complete information may be obtained from:

Dean School of Pharmacy
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 9500
Morgantown, WV 26506-9500

or from

Office of Admissions
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 9815
Morgantown, WV 26506-9815

Pharmacy College Admission Test

Completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test is a requirement for admission to the school. It is recommended that the student take this test in the summer or fall before making application for admission. Information concerning time and place of the test can be obtained from a pre-pharmacy advisor, the School of Pharmacy, or by writing:

PSE Customer Relations-PCAT
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259
1-800-622-3231 or (210) 339-8710
Fax 1-888-211-8276 or 210-339-8711

Personal Interview

The Committee on Admissions requires a personal interview with selected candidates who qualify for a supplemental application. The Committee on Admissions will determine which applicants are to receive the supplemental application. Interviews are held during the spring semester at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown.

Recommendations on Academic Performance

Two academic recommendations are required and must be provided by course instructors in any two of the pre-pharmacy science areas: biology, chemistry, math, and physics. The third recommendation may be provided by a course instructor of the student’s choice, an advisor, pharmacist, health professional, or employer.

Admission to Advanced Standing

If space is available, students from other accredited schools of pharmacy may be admitted, provided they meet the prerequisite course requirements of the WVU School of Pharmacy, have at least a 2.5 professional grade point average, are in good academic and professional standing at the school of origin, and are eligible for continuation toward a degree in pharmacy at the school initially attended. Grades of D in professional courses cannot be transferred.

Conditions Following Acceptance of Admission

An applicant accepted into the first year or with advanced standing is expected to have met all entrance requirements and satisfactorily completed all pre-pharmacy work in progress by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation or, if a transfer student, prior to transfer. A satisfactory performance in the completion of such work is defined as one that is consistent with the student’s previous academic record and must include no grades of D or lower in prerequisite courses. Failure to do so will result in revocation of the acceptance by the Admissions Committee.

Furnishing or causing to furnish false or incorrect information for the purpose of gaining admission to the School of Pharmacy constitutes grounds for disciplinary action including, but not limited to, expulsion or revocation of acceptance.

Students in the School of Pharmacy agree to abide by the provisions of the Student Code of Academic and Professional Integrity. Upon admission each student is required to return a signed statement to the Office of Student Services indicating the student has read and understands the Policy on Academic and Professional Standards and the Student Code of Academic and Professional Integrity of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. The code and copies of the statement are available in the Office of Student Services in the School of Pharmacy, and on the School of Pharmacy website.

Academic and Technical Standards

Please see this section under the Pharm.D. program heading for details.




PHAR 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation.

PHAR 498A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.



  • Patricia A. Chase - Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

  • Rae R. Matsumoto - Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Services

  • W. Clarke Ridgway - B.S.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Innovation

  • Mary K. Stamatakis - Pharm.D.