School of Pharmacy
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
- M.S., Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological 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.
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.
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 also 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.
General Education Curriculum
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEC requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEC's you will need to select.
|General Education Curriculum|
& ENGL 102
|Composition And Rhetoric|
and Composition And Rhetoric
|or ENGL 103||Accelerated Academic Writing|
|GEC 2A - Mathematics||3-4|
|GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science||7-8|
|GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C||3|
|GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions||3|
|GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society||3|
|GEC 5 - Artistic Expression||3|
|GEC 6 - The Individual in Society||3|
|GEC 6F - First Year Seminar||1-3|
|GEC 7 - American Culture||3|
|GEC 8 - Western Culture||3|
|GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture||3|
Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Requirements
|WVUE 191||First Year Seminar||1|
|Select one of the following||3-6|
|Composition And Rhetoric|
and Composition And Rhetoric
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|Select one of the following:||3-8|
|Calculus 1a with Precalculus|
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
|ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|SPA 270||Effective Public Speaking||3|
|BIOL 115||Principles of Biology *||4|
|BIOL 117||Introductory Physiology||4|
|CHEM 115||Fundamentals of Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 116||Fundamentals of Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 233||Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 234||Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 235||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 236||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
& PHYS 102
and Introductory Physics **
|Select one of the following:|
|Elemntry Statistical Inference|
|Elemntry Busness/Economcs Stat|
|Medical Microbiology (Microbiology options:)|
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 overall or prerequisite 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 prerequisite 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: http://www.pharmcas.org/ . Application deadlines are subject to change; check PharmCAS, the School of Pharmacy webpage at http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu 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 $200 (if WV resident) or $400 (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:
Office of Student Services, School of Pharmacy
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 9500
Morgantown, WV 26506-9500
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
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.
Applicants must remain free of any violations of local, state, or federal law that would prohibit their ability to obtain an intern license from the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
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. (University of Colorado)
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
- Rae R. Matsumoto - Ph.D. (Brown University)
Assistant Dean for Student Services
- W. Clarke Ridgway - B.S. (WVU)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Innovation
- Mary K. Stamatakis - Pharm.D. (Ohio State University)