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Pharmacy Early Assurance Program

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)

Pharmacy Early Assurance program involves an admissions process into the professional program prior to the regular selection process for students who are in pre-pharmacy at SDSU and who meet specific, pre-established criteria.

What are the initial qualifications for the Pharmacy Early Assurance program?
  • Must begin college career at SDSU and have freshman status.
  • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.7 or higher OR an ACT score ≥ 27; or an SAT of ≥ 1280.
How do you gain Pharmacy Early Assurance status?
  • Be admitted into the SDSU Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College.
  • Must submit an Application for Early Assurance during your senior year of high school.
How do you maintain Pharmacy Early Assurance status?
  • Be a full-time student each semester prior to beginning the professional program and complete the required pre-pharmacy coursework within two years.
  • Earn a letter grade of at least 'B' in general chemistry, general biology, calculus, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, organic chemistry, and seminar pre-pharmacy coursework.
  • Successfully complete general chemistry, general biology, calculus, anatomy, and one semester of organic chemistry by the end of the fall semester preceding the beginning of the desired Pharm.D. start date.
  • Successfully complete nine credits of Honors coursework by the end of the fall semester preceding the beginning of the desired Pharm.D. start date.
    • Students must receive a grade of C or better in an Honors course in order for the course to count toward Early Assurance requirements.
    • Completed Honors credits must include experiences from at least two types of Honors coursework (Hon. General Education, Hon. Contracting, Hon. Colloquium, Hon. Research/Scholarship, Hon Experiential Learning, and Hon. Enrichment). Students should refer to the Honors College for additional information on what each type of coursework entails.
  • Successfully complete an interview and writing assessment with the Pharmacy Program Admissions Committee by the end of the fall semester preceding the beginning of the desired Pharm.D. start date.
  • Complete the Pharm.D. application shadowing requirement and submit a completed Shadowing Experiences Form to the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions by their scheduled interview and writing assessment date.
  • If successfully admitted into the professional program – must pay a $600 seat deposit prior to the end of finals week of the third semester at SDSU.

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