Frequently Asked Questions

Doctor of Pharmacy

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Doctor of Pharmacy degree?
The doctor of pharmacy program (PharmD) is awarded in recognition of highest level of professional education in pharmacy. With advanced training in clinical or patient oriented pharmacy provided, the PharmD graduate is well prepared to assume an active role as a drug therapy specialist.

2. How long will it take to complete the PharmD program?
A minimum of six years of post-secondary education is required. This includes at least two years pre-professional education at a regionally accredited university or college and then four years of professional education at a college or school of pharmacy.

3. When is the deadline to apply to the PharmD Program?
There is a priority deadline of November 1 for the application and supporting materials to be turned in to the Office of Admissions. The final deadline to apply is March 1.

4. How many are accepted each year into the PharmD program?
There are approximately 100 places in each class.

5. What does modified rolling admission procedure mean?
Under this system, qualified applicants are admitted to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences on an ongoing basis until the class is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required admissions documents early in the academic year to maximize their admissions potential.

6. What is the minimum grade point average required for admission to the PharmD program?
To be considered for admission to Campbell's pharmacy program, a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.

7. Do you require a minimum score on the PCAT?
The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences does not require a minimum score. However, the Admissions Committee prefers to see scores at or above the 70th percentile.

8. How do I register for the PCAT?
To register for the PCAT or get information, please visit

9. Is financial aid available to pharmacy students?
Yes, over 90% of our students are currently receiving financial aid. Some options are available to all students, while others are available to those who have demonstrated financial need. View more details.

10.   Where do students live? On campus? Off campus?
There is on-campus housing available for students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. There are also facilities for rent including apartments, townhomes, houses and other rental properties in the immediate area. Current and accepted students receive a yearly housing list with updated options.

11.   Where do students complete clinical rotations?
Students select from five geographic locations in the state:  Buies Creek/Fayetteville/Lumberton, Greenville/Wilson, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem/Greensboro.   View more details.

12.   Are residencies available for graduates?
Upon completion of the PharmD degree, there are a number of residency options available to graduates. Programs include community pharmacy residencies, clinical residencies, specialty residencies and research fellowships. An online directory of residencies is available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. CPHS offers numerous PGY1 and PGY2 residencies. View more details.

13.   Do I need to send high school transcripts to apply for the PharmD program?
No, the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences only requires transcripts from any college and university you have attended be sent to PharmCAS.

14.   Do I have to complete a bachelor's degree to apply?
No, a minimum of 64 semester hours of pre-pharmacy requirements is needed for admission to our PharmD program.

15.   Do I have to apply to Undergraduate Admissions as well as CPHS?
No, application materials should be sent directly to PharmCAS or the CPHS Admissions Office

16.   What is appropriate dress for the interview?
Professional dress is appropriate for the personal interview.

17.   How many letters of recommendation are required?
All applicants are required to submit at least three letters of recommendation. Requesting additional letters is encouraged to ensure that at least three are received.

18.   Is there a required form for the letter of recommendation?
No, a free-form letter is acceptable.

19.   Who would be the best person to ask for a letter of recommendation?
The best person to recommend you for pharmacy school is someone who knows you well and can comment on the characteristics that will make you a good pharmacist. We recommend one recommendation be from an academic advisor or professor and one be from a pharmacist or employer. Personal recommendations are also acceptable (with the exception of family).

20.   When will I be notified of acceptance?
After your application is complete and you have been interviewed, the Admissions Committee will decide on your application. You should be notified of your admissions status by letter or email within 30-45 days.

21.   How can I schedule an appointment to visit campus?
To meet with an admissions counselor, please call 1-800-760-9734 x1690.