Applying to the Fisher Pharm.D. Online Program
Admissions standards for the Fisher Pharm.D. Online program pathway from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher University reflect the same high standards of excellence as our on-campus program. We are looking for candidates who are committed to improving the lives of those they serve and having an impact on the pharmacy profession, and who hold both the intellect and industry to be successful in our program and beyond.
Receive up to $40,000 in Scholarship Funds
The Online Education Pharmacy Scholars Award is available to eligible students enrolling in the online Pharm.D. pathway who have been accepted for September 2023 cohort.
Fisher Pharm.D. Online offers one start date per year in September.
|Priority Deadline||Application Deadline|
March 1, 2023
June 1, 2023
To apply to the online pathway, applicants must submit or complete:
- An application through PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service)
- Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
- At least two letters of recommendation
- A recorded interview
- The PCAT is now optional for the upcoming cohort. If you believe the PCAT provides evidence of your growth and academic preparedness, we encourage you to complete the PCAT during the next administration.
To be considered for the program pathway, applicants must:
- Have completed 62 semester hours of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university. The prerequisite course requirements are outlined below.
- General Course Requirements
- English/Literature – 6 semester hours (one course must be English Writing/Composition)
- Speech – 3 semester hours (recommend Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications)
- Economics – 3 semester hours
- Humanities and/or Social/Behavioral Sciences – 12 semester hours
- Science and Math Requirements
- Calculus – 3 semester hours
- Statistics – 3 semester hours
- General Chemistry – 8 semester hours with lab component
- Organic Chemistry – 8 semester hours with lab component
- Physics – 4 semester hours with lab component
- Biology – 12 semester hours with lab component
- General Course Requirements
Lab-based science courses must be completed within the past five years. Some students whose prerequisites were completed more than five years ago may wish to petition for an exception to the five year rule, rather than retaking these courses. These students will be required to take the PCAT prior to requesting an exception, as the purpose of the five year rule is to ensure that a student’s critical, science-based knowledge is current enough to ensure success in the program. Students seeking this waiver may also be asked to provide information on current, relevant work experience related to the sciences.
The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher University does consider students for transfer admission to both the campus pathway and online pathway of its Pharm.D. program. Transfer admission is granted on a case-by-case basis to transfer applicants who are in good academic standing at their current or previous college or school of pharmacy. Contact Kristin Blake, assistant director of graduate admissions, at (585) 385-8064 or email@example.com for more information.
Grades below C cannot be accepted toward completion of these requirements. Advanced Placement courses are not accepted for science courses; however, upper-division science courses may be accepted in lieu of courses in which AP credit was given.
An application may be submitted after the completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework; however, all pre-professional coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.
Cumulative and science GPAs of 2.75 are considered minimally competitive. However, most students accepted to the program have performed at a much higher level.
The admissions committee will identify and invite the most qualified candidates for a recorded interview. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be recorded, conducted and submitted via Kira Talent. Those selected to interview will receive an invitation from our Admissions team.
In addition to the recorded interview, applicants will complete a 15 minute live admissions interview via Zoom with Fisher staff; applicants will have the opportunity at this time to ask any questions.
Accepted students will be subject to a criminal background check. The criminal background check must be completed prior to the start of classes, and students are responsible for the costs associated with having the background check completed.
Non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The minimum accepted scores on the TOEFL are:
- 575 paper-based
- 233 computer-based
- 80 Internet-based
In addition to submitting TOEFL scores, international applicants will need to send transcripts from international institutions to World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation.
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