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University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Students with an interest in pharmacy at the University of Iowa embark on a journey that results in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree beginning with the Pharmacy Preprofessional Program.

Pre-requisite coursework takes at least two years at the college level.

Admission to the College of Pharmacy

  • Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is extremely competitive.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission, however, a GPA of 3.5–3.75 is strongly recommended in order to remain competitive. Strong grades in the sciences are especially important!

  • Admission to Pharmacy is in the fall semester only.

  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with C or higher.

  • The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required for admission. Submit PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS—code number is 104. The test must be completed prior to the December 1 application deadline.

  • A personal interview is required.

  • After admission students complete four years of professional study in the College of Pharmacy.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete a general application to the University of Iowa. Application deadline is December 1. There is a $100 application fee.

  2. Apply to the College of Pharmacy at

  3. Submit your application materials:

    • Transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A personal essay
  4. Upon admission you will be asked to pay an acceptance fee and undergo a criminal background check prior to contact with patients.

Course Equivalencies

Students transferring to the University of Iowa should consult closely with their Hawkeye advisor as well as a University of Iowa transfer advisor to ensure that they are completing all of the necessary course requirements.

In most cases, it is advisable to transfer prior to completing an Associate degree.

Core Courses

Hawkeye Courses U of Iowa Courses
ENG-105 Composition I -AND-
ENG-106 Composition II -AND-
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
RHET:1030 Rhetoric
CHM-165 General Chemistry I -AND-
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology
BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form & Function
BIO-112 General Biology I -AND-
BIO-113 General Biology II
BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology
BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form & Function
BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I -AND-
BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
ACB:2110 Human Anatomy
HHP:3500 Human Physiology
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH:1460 (22M:016) Calculus for Biological Sciences
MAT-156 Statistics STAT:XXXX (22S:XXX) Statistics Course
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON:1100 (06E:001) Prin. of Microeconomics
PHY162 College Physics I
If you have not completed one year of high school physics.
PHYS:1400 (029:008) Basic Physics

General Education Electives

  • A minimum of 12 semester hours of general education electives are required prior to entry into the College of Pharmacy.

  • A total of 20 semester hours of general education electives are required to graduate.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete all 20 semester hours of general education electives before entering the first pharmacy year.

  • Electives can be in fields such as Psychology, Macroeconomics, History, etc.

  • For Pharmacy, general education electives cannot be:
    • Additional math or science classes.
    • Activity-based classes.
    • P.E. classes such as jogging, weight lifting, tennis etc.
    • Performance-based classes such as vocal/instrumental music classes, dance classes, or acting classes.
    • Studio art classes such as drawing, painting, ceramics, etc.
    • Vocational/Technical classes from a community college or junior college.
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