PharmD FAQ


General Questions

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is awarded in recognition of the highest level of professional education in pharmacy. With advanced training in clinical/patient-oriented pharmacy, PharmD graduates are well-prepared to assume active roles as a drug therapy specialists.

The PharmD program is four years in length. To be eligible for the program, applicants must complete a minimum of two years of pre-professional education at a regionally accredited university or college and then four years of professional education at a college or school of pharmacy. The total length of post-secondary education required to obtain a PharmD is six years.

During each application cycle, approximately 100 students are accepted into the PharmD program.

To meet with an admissions counselor, please call 1-800-760-9734 ext 1690.


Dual Degrees

Pursuing a dual degree will allow you to expand your career opportunities, enhance your clinical practice, and increase you residency competitiveness. For additional information about the advantages of pursuing a dual degree program, please visit our Dual Degree page.

The PharmD/MS in Public Health, PharmD/MS in Clinical Research, and PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences programs are five years in length. Dual degree students in these programs begin their first year in the MS program and subsequently complete the four-year PharmD curriculum (total length of program is five years). The PharmD/MBA program is four years in length.

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Yes, if you are accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program and later decide to pursue a dual degree program, contact the admissions coordinator, Kaela McCoy, at to change your application.

If you apply, interview, and are accepted to the master’s program, you will defer your pharmacy admission for one year while you complete your first year in the MS program.

Yes, students with a 3.5 overall PharmCAS GPA will be awarded the Dean’s scholarship in the amount of $3,750 and renew at $10,000 during the P1 and P2 year as long as GPA requirement is met.


Program Prerequisites

No, a minimum of 64 semester hours of pre-pharmacy courses are needed for admission to our PharmD program. Review the list of core prerequisites.

Yes, prerequisites can be completed at a community college. However, survey-level courses will not be accepted for admissions purposes. If you have questions about certain courses meeting our admissions requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-760-9734 x1690.

All PharmD prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. All accepted students have until the summer term preceding their fall term of matriculation to complete admissions requirements.

No, there is no limit on the amount of time that has passed since you completed your prerequisites.

Yes, if we require a lab in addition to the required course, you will need to complete the necessary lab in person for admissions purposes.

No, all prerequisites must be completed no later than the summer term prior to your fall term matriculation.

International applicants are eligible for admission if they have completed all prerequisite courses at an accredited U.S. institution. No international coursework will be accepted. All transcripts, PCAT scores, and letters of recommendation must be sent to PharmCAS.


Application Process & Requirements

The PharmCAS application cycle opens mid-July each academic year, and priority is given to competitive applicants who submit a complete application package by December 1. The final deadline to submit a complete application package is June 3.

Under this system, qualified applicants are admitted to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences on an ongoing basis until the class is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required admissions documents early in the application cycle to maximize their admissions potential.

To be considered for admission to Campbell University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, applicants must have a minimum cumulative PharmCAS GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. For additional information about the PharmCAS verification and GPA calculation process, please visit the PharmCAS webpage.

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences does not require a minimum PCAT score for admissions to the PharmD program. However, the Admissions Committee prefers to see scores at or above the 60th percentile in the various sections of the test.

Click here to register for the PCAT or obtain additional information about the test and upcoming test dates.

No, the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences only requires transcripts from any college or university you have attended be sent to PharmCAS for verification purposes.

The best person to recommend you for pharmacy school is someone who knows you well and can comment on the characteristics that will make you a good pharmacist. We recommend one recommendation be from an academic advisor or professor and one be from a pharmacist or employer. Personal recommendations are also acceptable (with the exception of family).

No, a free-form letter is acceptable.

All applicants are required to submit at least three letters of recommendation. Requesting additional letters is encouraged to ensure that at least three are received.

No, application materials should be sent directly to PharmCAS and the CPHS Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.


Admissions Interviews

Registration will takes place in the morning and is followed by a short welcome and introductory session. Groups are then formed to take part in three rotating sessions: an MMI, a group activity and an additional information session. Following these activities there will be a lunch with student ambassadors, faculty and staff. During the lunch hour there will also be an informal Q&A session with the Admissions Committee. Lunch will be followed by an optional campus tour led by pharmacy student ambassadors.

Each interview candidate will meet with six faculty or staff members in a one-on-one setting for seven minutes each. During the seven minute session, candidates will be presented with a scenario and will have the allotted the time to thoroughly address the scenario. Time permitting, candidates will have the opportunity to ask the faculty or staff member additional questions once they’ve finished addressing the scenario. Once the seven minutes has ended, candidates will have three minutes to rotate to the next interviewer. Staff members will monitor the time and rotate candidates from one mini interview to the next.

For the group activity, candidates will be in groups of six or less. A faculty or staff facilitator will introduce the candidates to the activity and provide thorough instruction before the activity begins. During the first portion of the activity, candidates will be observed by the facilitator as they interact with each other. At the end, follow-up questions will be asked by the facilitator.

Business professional dress is appropriate for the Doctor of Pharmacy admissions interview.

If you have taken the PCAT recently and have preliminary scores, please bring a record of these scores with you. Please bring a list of any planned coursework for the upcoming semester with you too.

Our interview day sessions are only open to the admissions candidates. If you plan on bringing a guest, there are multiple places on campus where they can wait. Creek Coffee and Starbucks on campus offer free Wifi, and there are several restaurants within walking distance including Chick-Fil-A, Moe’s, Subway, etc. where they can eat lunch.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Yes, over 90% of our students are currently receiving financial aid. Some options are available to all students, while others are available to those who have demonstrated financial need. View more financial aid details.

Yes, the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences offers admissions scholarships and annual and endowed scholarships. Last year, the college awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships to CPHS students. View additional information about scholarships.

To be eligible for financial aid, accepted students must first complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the only application Campbell University accepts to begin the financial aid process. For additional information about applying for financial aid, please visit the financial aid website.


Next Steps

After your application is complete and you have been interviewed, the Admissions Committee will make a decision on your application. You will be notified of your admissions status by letter or email within 30-45 days.

There are many off-campus housing options available in the immediate and surrounding areas for students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Housing options include apartments, townhomes, houses and other rental properties. Current and accepted students receive a yearly housing list with updated options.

  1. Technical Standards – accepted students must review and sign the Doctor of Pharmacy Technical Standards Form (provided on interview day)
  2. Honor Code – accepted students must review and sign the CPHS Honor Code Pledge (provided in acceptance packet)
  3. Immunizations – students must submit immunization records prior to matriculation
  4. Background Check – students must submit to a background check prior to matriculation
  5. Drug Screen – students must submit to a drug screen prior to matriculation

Students select from five geographic locations in the state:

  • Buies Creek/Fayetteville/Lumberton
  • Greenville/Wilson
  • Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill
  • Wilmington
  • Winston-Salem/Greensboro. 

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Upon completion of the PharmD degree, there are a number of residency options available to graduates. Programs include community pharmacy residencies, clinical residencies, specialty residencies and research fellowships.

An online directory of residencies is available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. CPHS offers numerous PGY1 and PGY2 residencies. 

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