Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy Weekend Program
Question & Answers
May I apply through Pharm CAS?
No. The school does not participate in Pharm CAS.
How many students do you accept?
The program capacity is 35-40 annually.
Can I apply for entry to a specific Semester?
No - - we start a new class once a year. The program begins each year in August. The class functions as a cohort, going year-round for four years.
What type of Baccalaureate (Bachelor) degree do you seek in the admission process?
Students may hold a Baccalaureate degree from a U.S. College/University in any discipline, as long as they meet the prerequisite courses. Please refer to requirements, for a list of those courses. Students holding degrees from other countries are not eligible to apply for this program.
Do you waive prerequisites, or give credit for life experience or CLEP?
Do you accept courses from Community Colleges for the prerequisites?
Science and Math courses may only be taken at traditional four-year college/universities. Non-Science/Math courses may be fulfilled at community colleges.
Do you accept degrees and credits earned at on-line colleges?
Some traditional college/universities offer on-line courses that may be acceptable, depending upon their accreditation. Check with the School of Pharmacy to see if a particular college is appropriately accredited for such courses. The bulk of academic work should be completed at a traditional college or university, and not through an online program. On-line colleges are oftentimes not accredited appropriately, and therefore their credits do not transfer to Duquesne University.
Does the program require a PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) for admission?
Yes. Go to this link for more information, http://www.PCATweb.info.
Will you accept the GRE, GMAT, MCAT or other graduate school exams in lieu of the PCAT?
No - - the PCAT is required.
Is there a study guide for the PCAT?
We are aware of one published by Barron’s, but there may be others. The PCAT website offers practice exams and other relevant information in helping you prepare for the test. http://www.PCATweb.info.
What is the minimum PCAT score you will accept?
Your composite score (not the percentage) should be at least a 375. To be competitive for our program, your composite score should be closer to a 400 or better.
What is the minimum GPA you will accept?
The minimum to apply is a 2.5 GPA. To be competitive, applicants should have a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Do you look at grades?
Yes, very closely, and grades below a “C” grade are not accepted. If you have earned below a “C” grade in a prerequisite, you must repeat that course at a grade of “C” or better.
How can I make myself as competitive as possible?
We look for students who appear to have the best chance of completing the program, and have a strong aptitude for Science and Math. Applicants should have excellent grades and as many prerequisites completed as possible. Students with multiple “D”, “F” and/or “W” grades will not be competitive.
Can I come in and have someone evaluate my transcript?
We prefer for students to perform their own transcript evaluation initially. We limit formal transcript evaluations done by our staff to those who have applied for admission.
Am I eligible to apply, even if I have not yet completed all of my prerequisite courses?
Yes. Most applicants have a few courses to complete when they apply. All courses must be successfully completed by the time the program begins in May (successfully completed is defined as earning a “C” grade or better.) Acceptance to the program would be contingent upon completing those courses.
What about applicants from other countries?
We accept applications from international students who have earned Baccalaureate degrees in the United States only. Those students MUST also meet all prerequisite requirements. Click here to view our prerequisite list.
What if I earned a Baccalaureate degree in another country, but earned my graduate degree(s) in the United States?
You will only be eligible to apply to the program if your Baccalaureate degree was earned in the United States, regardless of later/advanced degrees attained.
Can I apply if I’ve earned a Bachelor degree in Pharmacy?
Yes, if your degree was earned at a College/University in the United States. If you earned a degree in Pharmacy from another country, you may be eligible to take the Foreign Pharmacist Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE.)
Is a personal interview required for admission?
Yes. Selected applicants will be invited to the campus for a personal interview. Those take place in the Spring semester, generally February to April.
What if I apply and am not accepted?
Due to the limited number of seats in the program, and a highly talented applicant pool, many students will not be offered admission. If you were denied admission, you may apply the following year by asking us to reactivate your application. Our Committee on Admission will consider your application the following year if you have had significant changes in your academic profile since the last time you were considered. Most often, students choose to pursue a Masters degree in Chemistry or Biology, demonstrating sustained academic performance in a rigorous curriculum, and then reapply.
If I am not accepted, can I find out why?
Details of the application/admission process are confidential. We consider all elements of the application, including academic performance (grades), the PCAT score, and your interview.
What does the Weekend Doctor of Pharmacy program cost?
Weekend Doctor of Pharmacy students pay the same per-credit rate of tuition that the Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy students pay. Tution rates.