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Pharmacy Admissions Policies

The definitive admissions requirements for the Pharm.D. program are established by the faculty of the School of Pharmacy. The Husson University School of Pharmacy has established the following requirements.

Husson University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or age in all programs.

Possess an Associate's Degree or higher with the following prerequisite coursework (prerequisite coursework must have a 2.75 GPA or higher):

  • General Biology with Lab 2 semesters (8 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 2 semesters (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry with Lab 2 semesters (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab 2 semesters (8 credits)
  • Calculus 1 semester (4 credits)
  • Statistics and Probability 1 semester (3 credits)
In addition:
  • Submission of a Husson University application or a PharmCAS application (Husson code = 159) 
  • Personal interview (Candidates will be invited to campus or virtually for interviews.)


AP/CLEP Credits

Applicants cannot use AP/CLEP credits in science (Chemistry, Biology) or math to meet the pre-pharmacy requirements. Students have the option of taking a more advanced course in the area of the same number of credits or more. For example, a student who has AP credit in Calculus 1 may take Calculus 1 or Calculus 2. The laboratory component must be taken with a laboratory-based course.

Credit Age Limit

College credits in the science and math prerequisites over five years old may not be considered in the application process. Students may be required to take refresher courses (e.g., Organic Chemistry with lab, Anatomy and Physiology with lab, Calculus, Statistics), especially if they have not had any recent coursework or work responsibilities in any one of these given areas.

Criminal Background/Immunization/Drug Screen Check

The nature of the post-graduate licensure as well as the potential placement in a variety of pharmacy practice setting requires all applicants who are offered letters of admission to submit to a criminal background check, offer proof of required immunizations and submit to a drug screening test. These requirements are done at the applicant's expense and any adverse results may impact final admission to the program, progression through the program or graduation from the program.

Foreign Credits

Students may submit courses taken at foreign colleges/universities. The transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable service based in the United States. There is no guarantee that any or all courses will be accepted. Applicants who take course in Canada do not have to have their transcripts evaluated by such a service.

Guaranteed Admission

Husson students are offered guaranteed admission to the pharmacy program if they meet the following criteria: (a) math/science pre-pharmacy GPA of 3.30 or greater, (b) PCAT Composite Score of 20th Percentile or higher, and (c) completion of a successful interview.

Minimum Application Requirements
In order to apply, an applicant must have successfully completed the majority of the Biology/Anatomy & Physiology (three-quarters), Chemistry (three-quarters) and Math (half) coursework prior to the application deadline. Students must also forward their PCAT scores prior to the date (PCAT will be waived for the 2022 admissions cycle). The minimum pharmacy pre-requisite GPA for admission consideration is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

PCAT

Students are required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test with a composite score of 20% or higher. Students may take the test more than once before this time, with the highest score counting. Scores have a three year age limit, unless a new test version has been introduced. PCATs are optional for the 2022 application cycle but are encouraged. If you have taken the PCAT you are encouraged to submit your scores.

Repeat Penalty

Applicants will be penalized for repeating pre-pharmacy science or math courses in which they earned a grade less than a C (2.0). These courses include Biology/Anatomy & Physiology, General/Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus and Statistics. There is no penalty for withdrawing from a course. However a Withdrawal/Failing (WF) grade will be penalized as if it were a failing grade.

Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts for all colleges attended to PharmCAS prior to the application deadline.

Transfer Policy

A student who has attended, or is currently attending, another college/school of pharmacy and who wishes to pursue pharmacy education at Husson University must: (1) be in good academic standing at the college of origin and able to continue, (2) submit transcripts of all college courses, and (3) have the dean of the previous college/school attended provide a letter of recommendation directly to the Dean of the Husson University School of Pharmacy, 1 College Circle, Bangor ME 04401-2999. Space must be available in the appropriate class at Husson in order for the transfer to proceed.