Pre-Pharmacy

By completing the pre-pharmacy program, offered in conjunction with Midwestern University, students can obtain their doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree in only six years.

Dominican offers the first two years of this program. Upon successful completion of two years of pre-professional coursework at Dominican, students are admitted into the four-year professional pharmacy curriculum at Midwestern.

To be considered for admission to the Dual Acceptance Program (DAP), applicants students must have earned a:

  • High school GPA of at least 3.2 out of 4.0
  • ACT composite score of 25 or higher (a writing component score must be included) or
  • SAT score of 1700 or higher

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Note: Upon successful completion of this six-year program, students earn only the PharmD degree. No undergraduate degree is awarded as part of this program.

Students who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree may do so at Dominican and then enter a graduate pharmacy program according to the normal timetable.

Requirements

The pre-pharmacy program is not a degree-granting curriculum. Completion of the required course work typically takes two to three years, depending on the background of the student. A bachelor’s degree in biology or biology-chemistry significantly increases the likelihood of a student’s acceptance into pharmacy school. The student’s pre-pharmacy advisor assists in the professional school admissions process.

Program in Pharmacy with Chicago College of Pharmacy of Midwestern University: Dual Admission
Upon successful completion of two years of pre-professional course work at Dominican, students are automatically admitted into the four-year professional curriculum at Midwestern, culminating with awarding of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, without having to reapply or to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test. Students must rank in the top quartile of their high school graduating class and must score in the top quartile on a College Entrance Examination (ACT of 24 or higher, SAT of 1175 or higher), and they must submit applications to both Dominican and Midwestern in order to qualify for this guaranteed dual admission program.

Dominican course requirements, which must be completed in two years with a minimum grade of C in each course and an overall grade point average of at least 3.20:

  • English 101 and 102;
  • Communication Arts and Sciences 200;
  • Biology 111, 112, and 261;
  • Chemistry 120, 121, 253, and 254;
  • Mathematics 251;
  • Physics 211 and 212;
  • Economics 190 or 191;
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Freshman and Sophomore Seminars;
  • One non-science elective.