Pharmacy (Professional Program: PharmD)

Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite CourseworkThe following prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better are required. Each course must be a minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter hours.
    • AP and Test-Out Credits: AP and test-out credits will be accepted to meet pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework if credit for these are given on a transcript.  Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework Guides are available for most Illinois schools and some out-of-state schools.
    • Prerequisite Completion Deadline: All pre-pharmacy prerequisites courses do not need to be completed at the time of application.  The prerequisites remaining at the time of application must be included in the coursework section of the PharmCAS application, indicating the particular course that will be taken, as well as where and when the course(s) will be taken.
    • Foreign Coursework: Any applicant with foreign coursework (other than study abroad coursework taken through a US college) must provide a WES foreign coursework report.  Please contact the Office of Student Affairs (email Pharmd@uic.edu) with any questions.
    • Communication Coursework
      Written Communication: 1 semester or 1 quarter course
      Verbal Communication: 1 semester or 1 quarter course
      Additional (Written or Verbal): 1 semester or 1 quarter course
      Life Sciences Coursework
      General Biology and Labs: 2 semester or 3 quarter courses
      Anatomy and Physiology: 2 semester or 2-3 quarter courses
      Microbiology and Lab: 1 semester or 1 quarter courses
      Physical Sciences Coursework
      General (Inorganic) Chemistry and Labs: 2 semester or 3 quarter courses
      Organic Chemistry and Labs: 2 semester or 3 quarter courses
      Physics: 1 semester or 1 quarter courses
      Biochemistry: 1 semester or 1 quarter course
      Mathematics/Statistics Coursework
      Calculus (integrals and derivatives): 1 semester or 1 quarter course
      Statistics: 1 semester or 1 quarter course
      Social/Behavioral Science Coursework
      Social/Behavioral Sciences: 1 semester or quarter course
      Humanities Coursework
      Humanities: 1 semester or 1 quarter course
  • Minimum Grade Point Average To be considered applicants must have a GPA of 2.50/4.00 or higher in three areas:
    • Cumulative: All coursework taken at every institution attended; grades from all attempts of repeated courses are included.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisites: Only coursework used to meet the prerequisites; only the highest grades from the repeated courses are included.
    • Science/Math: All science and math-related coursework; grades from all attempts of repeated courses are included.
    • Applicants not meeting the GPA requirements at the time of application will be considered for review again after the PharmCAS Fall and/or Spring Academic Update.
  • Test Scores Although the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) is not required, it is one of many things considered in a holistic application review if an applicant opts to take it. Admitted students composite scores have ranged from 30 to 99 (percentile).  Low scores cannot hurt an applicant. Scores above 50th percentile will be a plus and taken into account in the application review process.
  • Service and Professional Development Activities Prospective students are expected to demonstrate a record of participation in activities that develop and demonstrate personal responsibility, improve communication and people skills, further personal knowledge of pharmacists’ roles and the pharmacy profession, and activities that demonstrate leadership abilities. These include health care-related employment opportunities, pharmacy/healthcare shadowing or volunteer experiences, sustained organizational memberships, and community service.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four categories, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56
  • Recommenders Names of at least two recommenders must be provided (one academic and one work or volunteer supervisor).
  • ApplicationStudents apply using the PharmCAS application. Students who have met the prerequisite and GPA requirements will be invited to submit the UIC PharmD Supplemental Application after the coursework and GPA information have been verified.
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For detailed information on meeting the admissions requirements and submitting the application, please see the PharmD Admissions Requirements website.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 133.
  • Courseworka
Year 1, Fall Semester (17-18 hours)
Integrated Physiology
Introduction Pharmacy Practice
Fundamentals of Drug Action
Pharmaceutics I - Pharmaceutics Principles, Drug Delivery Systems, and Calculations
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 1
Electives
Year 1, Spring Semester (17-18 hours)
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
Fundamentals of Drug Action II
Pharmaceutics II – Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Calculations
Introduction to Drug Information
Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 1: Self Care
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 2: GI/Endocrine
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 2
Electives
Year 2, Fall Semester (16-18 hours)
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
Pharmaceutics III – Complex Dosage Forms and Calculations
Social and Behavioral Pharmacy
Personal and Professional Development
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 3: Renal, Electrolytes, and Nutrition
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 4: Immunology/Respiratory
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 3
Electives
Year 2, Spring Semester (15-18 hours)
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Introduction to Patient Care
Pharmaceutics IV – Drug Delivery Systems Design and Calculations Competency
Pharmacoepidemiology and Biostatistical Reasoning
Evidence-Based Medicine
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 5: Cardiovascular
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 6: Infectious Diseases
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 4
Electives
Year 3, Fall Semester (14-18 hours)
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 7: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pain
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 8: Special Topics
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
Applied Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 5
Electives
Year 3, Spring Semester (13-18 hours)
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 9: Hematology and Oncology
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 10: Advanced Disease Management
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
Management and Informatics
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement fo Students (PhLAMES) 6
Electives
Year 3, Summer and Year 4, Fall and Spring Semesters (28 Hours)
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences - APPE (7x6-week APPEs, 4 semester hours each) b
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 7
Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) 8
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Academic policies related to the College of Pharmacy curriculum are available on the College of Pharmacy website.

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Four APPE courses are required (Community, Hospital, Ambulatory Care, and Medicine). The remaining three APPE courses are selected from a list of APPE options in consultation with the program advisors.

Optional PharmD Concentration Requirements

Concentration in Rural Pharmacy (RPHARM)

Required Courses
Foundations in Rural Family and Community Healthcare I
Foundations in Rural Family and Community Healthcare II
Foundations in Rural Family and Community Healthcare III
Foundations in Rural Family and Community Healthcare IV
Foundations in Rural Family and Community Healthcare V
Foundations in Rural Family and Community Healthcare VI
Capstone Project in Rural Healthcare
3 APPEs in same rural community
RPHARM students complete a total of 135 hours for the degree.

Concentration in Urban Pharmacy (UPHARM)

Required Courses
Foundations in Urban Family and Community Healthcare 1
Foundations in Urban Family and Community Healthcare 2
Foundations in Urban Family and Community Healthcare 3
Foundations in Urban Family and Community Healthcare 4
Foundations in Urban Family and Community Healthcare 5
Foundations in Urban Family and Community Healthcare 6
Capstone Project in Urban Healthcare
2 APPEs in designated urban community
UPHARM students complete a total of 135 hours for the degree

Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Required Electives (5 Hours)
Concentration Research
Drug Discovery, Design, and Development
Required Experiental Elective (4 Hours)
Selectives (4 Hours)
Select from:
College of Pharmacy Colloquium Lecture Series
Biostatistics for Pharmaceutical Scientists
Principles of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
Advanced Drug Delivery Systems
Research Techniques in Pharmacognosy
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Applications of Genomics

Concentration in Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Required Electives (6 Hours)
Concentration Research
Health Economics and Outcomes Research Overview
Departmental Seminar in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
Required Experiential Elective (4 Hours)
Selectives (3 Hours)
Select from:
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Pharmacoepidemiology
Pharmaceutical Policy
Principles of Economic Evaluations of Health Care Interventions

Concentration in Acute Care Pharmacy

Required Electives (5 Hours)
Concentration Research
Applied Research Methods and Skill Development
Clinical Research Design
Concentration Seminar
Required Experiential Elective (4 Hours)
Selectives (4 Hours)
Select from:
Journal Club and Advanced Literature Analysis
Clinical Toxicology
Advanced Transplant Therapeutics
Case Based Infectious Diseases
Topics and Issues in Clinical Post-Graduate Training Programs
Pediatric Therapeutics
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) - Interventions and Treatment
Critical Care I

Concentration in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

Required Electives (5 Hours)
Concentration Research
Applied Research Methods and Skill Development
Clinical Research Design
Concentration Seminar
Required Experiential Elective (4 Hours)
Selectives (4 Hours)
Select from:
Management of the HIV Patient
Exploration of Telemedicine in Pharmacy Practice
Exploring Advanced Topics in Ambulatory Care
The Role of the Pharmacist in Tobacco Cessation
Pharmacotherapeutic Issues in Women's Health
Topics and Issues in Clinical Post-Graduate Training Programs
Clinical Aspects of Diabetes Mellitus
Pediatric Therapeutics
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) - Interventions and Treatment
Managed Care Pharmacy

Concentration in Experimental Therapeutics and Clinical Research

Required Electives (5 Hours)
Concentration Research
Applied Research Methods and Skill Development
Clinical Research Design
Concentration Seminar
Required Experiential Elective (4 Hours)
Selectives (4 Hours)
Select from:
Journal Club and Advanced Literature Analysis
Applied Research Methods and Skill Development
Undergraduate Research in Pharmacy Practice
Special Projects in Pharmacy Practice
Medical writing
Concentration Research
Clinical Research Design
College of Pharmacy Colloquium Lecture Series

Concentration in Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

Required Electives (7 Hours)
Concentration Research
Applied Research Methods and Skill Development
Clinical Research Design
Concentration Seminar
Pharmacy Practice Leadership
Required Experiential Elective (4 Hours)
Selectives (2 Hours)
Select from:
Dean's Leadership Forum
Topics and Issues in Clinical Post-Graduate Training Programs
Managed Care Pharmacy
Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy