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The primary objective of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is to educate practitioners for current and future roles in the profession of pharmacy. The Pharm.D. program comprises four years of professional study preceded by a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework in a U.S. or Canadian accredited college of arts and sciences.

To prepare for the professional curriculum, students must complete a pre-pharmacy curriculum that emphasizes the biological and chemical sciences. In addition, pre-pharmacy students must complete a variety of courses of their choosing in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Students will go through a competitive application process in the year prior to intended matriculation to the four year professional curriculum.

Salary Range

Upon completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, salary expectations begin in the low $100,000’s.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

WVUE 191, ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric, ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric, MATH 150 Applied Calculus, STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference, CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry, CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry, BIOL 115 Principles of Biology, BIOL 117 Introductory Physiology, ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics, CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking, CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry, CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory, CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry, CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory, BIOL 215 Cell Biology for Pre-Pharmacy, AGBI 410 Introductory Biochemistry, AEM 341 General Microbiology

Senior Year

Not applicable for pre-pharmacy coursework.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education.

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