Founded in 1884, Purdue’s College of Pharmacy consistently ranks among the 10 best pharmacy programs in the nation. Numerous research opportunities, an innovative teaching pedagogy, and world-renowned, caring faculty create a cutting edge learning environment. Employers are drawn by the quality, depth and experiential learning of Purdue pharmacy graduates. The College of Pharmacy is making a difference locally and globally.
The Purdue College of Pharmacy offers an undergraduate program in Pharmacy. All new students enter the College with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and then select from one of two educational goals:
Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy is a two-year, non-degree program that is intended to prepare students for entry into the PharmD program below. Beginning in 2019, students who complete their pre-pharmacy pre-requisites at Purdue - West Lafayette with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 are eligible for Pharmacy Priority Admissions status. This ensures students a PharmD admissions interview, i.e. priority consideration for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Interpersonal skills and knowledge of the profession will be further evaluated during a required in-person interview.
Doing your Pre-pharmacy work through Purdue’s two year program can save you up to two years of study and student loan debt, as well as enter the job market two years sooner. That’s a big part of the reason why Purdue Pharm D graduates have less debt upon completion of their degree than PharmD students from any other Big Ten pharmacy program.
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) is a four-year undergraduate program that stresses the multidisciplinary basic sciences related to drug discovery, development, and commercialization. A degree in this program does not allow graduates to become licensed pharmacists.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) - Completion of the pre-pharmacy program is required, after which successful applicants continue their studies for an additional four years. Graduating from this program allows students to sit for the licensure exam to practice pharmacy.
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Careers in Pharmacy
- Community/retail pharmacist
- Clinical pharmacist
- Long-term care
- Public health
- Food and Drug Administration
Transfer to Pharmacy
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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