Doctor of Pharmacy

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Admission Criteria

  • The recommended high school background for students planning to pursue pharmacy includes four units of mathematics and three units of natural science (biology, chemistry and physics)
  • The pre-pharmacy curriculum must be completed by the end of spring semester (with the exception of biochemistry) of the admission year
  • Applicants are encouraged to obtain pharmacy experience prior to applying, by either shadowing or working in a paid position

Admission Options

Early Decision is an option for students who know Idaho State University is their college of first choice.  Early Decision applicants must have at least General Chemistry I & II with labs, Biology I and Statistics completed, as well as several of the ISU General Education requirements by the application deadline of September 9, 2020.

Regular Admission is for applicants who are completing the Pre-Pharmacy and General Education requirements by the end of the spring semester in which they plan to go through the admissions process.  The deadline to apply via PharmCAS is March 2, 2021.

Application Process

Applications submitted on PharmCAS ( between August and February each year are reviewed as they are completed and verified. Applicants receive invitation to interview decisions within 30 days.  Multiple interview dates are available during the fall and spring semesters.  Applicants receive acceptance decisions within 30 days of interview.

Application Materials

All PharmD application materials must be received by PharmCAS by the application deadline:

  • Completed PharmCAS application for Idaho State University College of Pharmacy,  PharmCAS application fee begins at $175
  • Official transcripts of all previous college course work, including detailed evaluation of all international coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation are required: it is preferred that one of the two be from a U.S. licensed pharmacist
  • Personal Statement

Students with international coursework to be considered must submit an official detailed evaluation report from an institution that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services Incorporated (NACSI) and meet Idaho State University’s admission requirements for international students (

Pre-Pharmacy Courses

BIOL 1101
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
BIOL 2221
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
or BIOL 2235
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
BIOL 2227
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
or BIOL 3301
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
BIOL 2228
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
or BIOL 3302
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
BIOL 4432Biochemistry3
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
MATH 1153Statistical Reasoning (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3302
CHEM 3304
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
PHYS 1111General Physics I (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 2202 Principles of Microeconomics
Each of the 2 courses above partially satisfies General Education Objective 6. An additional Objective 6 course in another subject must be taken to complete Objective 6 requirements.
Applicant must meet ISU General Education Requirements
Applicants must have completed 72 credits of undergraduate coursework.

Fulfillment of the specified requirements does not ensure admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Evaluation of Applicants

  • Up to 95 students are admitted each year

  • Faculty select the applicants best predicted to complete the curriculum and have productive professional lives

  • Invitation for applicants to schedule an interview is based upon academic success and other required components of the application

  • Preference is given to Idaho and Alaska residents

  • Following interview, applicants are notified of their placement into one of three categories:

    • Admission

    • Reserve for possible admission pending available positions

    • No admission

New students are admitted to begin the professional program only in the fall semester each year, but must take the online course PHAR 9911 in late summer. A criminal background check is required; the background check process is initiated when an offer of admission is accepted by the applicant.

Admission Under Special Circumstances

Transfer from Other Schools of Pharmacy

Students wishing to transfer from another college of pharmacy should present the following materials to the College of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs before being considered:

  1. A letter from the Dean of the previous college of pharmacy certifying status of good academic standing

  2. Official transcripts of all pharmacy courses completed to date and that show pre-pharmacy requirements of Idaho State University are complete

  3. A letter requesting evaluation of class standing

Curricular Philosophy

We view the curriculum as a tool to develop professionals who assume responsibility for their own learning and who are committed to the advancement of pharmacy practice. The primary curricular goal is the development of a strong foundational knowledge in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences that inculcates a drug-related problem-solving process specific to pharmacy and fosters an evidenced-based approach to optimizing pharmacotherapy and patient health outcomes. We embrace diversity in innovative teaching methods through sound instructional design and encourage the integration of active learning, and multiple curricular and co-curricular opportunities for leadership and professional development. Because it is a dynamic work in progress, we continue to experiment, assess, revise, and innovate within our curriculum to graduate highly competent practitioners.

Professional Curriculum

The professional curriculum requires four years of study. The first three years are a mix of academic courses and practice experiences. The fourth year is comprised of 42 weeks of clinical experiences.

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree can be completed in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho or in Anchorage, Alaska. Students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Idaho (Meridian, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Coeur d’Alene), at our experiential sites in the Anchorage, Alaska region, or in Reno, Nevada.

The first professional year provides a foundation in the basic and pharmaceutical sciences that includes physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics. Other courses provide a foundation for professional development that includes topics on ethics, law, drug information, research design, patient care, and the health care system.

Courses and clinical experiences in the second and third professional years build on accrued knowledge and skills. The curriculum centers on an integrated, organ-system approach to the therapeutic management of disease. Additional courses provide insight into the human relation aspects of pharmacy, dosage form design, pharmacy management and physical assessment. A series of case studies courses, designed to enhance the student’s knowledge base and problem-solving skills while focusing on the application of knowledge to specific patient cases, spans the first three years.

The last 42 weeks, or the fourth professional year, is devoted to full-time clinical experience in various pharmacy practice environments. Students will complete six-week experiences in various areas of practice. Students will also have the option of selecting an elective in an area of interest.

Given the length of the final year of the PharmD program, students will begin practice experiences in mid-May after completing their third academic year in the professional program and will continue throughout the ensuing twelve (12) months.

Pharmacy Courses

PHAR 9910First Year Recitation0
PHAR 9911Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I1
PHAR 9920Second Year Recitation0
PHAR 9921Biological Basis of Drug Actions I4
PHAR 9924Physicochemical Basis of Drug Action3
PHAR 9930Third Year Recitation0
PHAR 9931Health Care I3
PHAR 9941
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Literature I with Lab
and Pharmacy Practice and Literature I Lab
PHAR 9949
Human Physiology I
and Human Physiology I Recitation
PHAR 9905Introduction to Clinical Problem Solving2
PHAR 9912Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II1
PHAR 9922Biological Basis of Drug Actions II5
PHAR 9923Professional Development I0
PHAR 9926
Basic Pharmacokinetics and Calculations
and Basic Pharmacokinetics and Calculations Recitation
PHAR 9942Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Literature II3
PHAR 9956
Human Physiology II
and Human Physiology II Recitation
PHAR 9906Case Studies With Pharmacotherapy Lab I2
PHAR 9927
Dosage Form Design and Compounding with Lab
and Dosage Form Design and Compounding Lab
PHAR 9961Pharmacotherapy I2-5
PHAR 9962Pharmacotherapy II2-5
PHAR 9907Case Studies with Pharmacotherapy Lab II2
PHAR 9913Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III1
PHAR 9933Professional Development II0
PHAR 9944
Health Care II
and Health Care II Lab
PHAR 9963Pharmacotherapy III2-5
PHAR 9964Pharmacotherapy IV2-5
PHAR 9965Pharmacotherapy V2-5
PHAR 9966Pharmacotherapy VI2-5
PHAR 9908Case Studies with Pharmacotherapy Lab III2
PHAR 9945
Health Care III
and Health Care III Lab
PHAR 9967Pharmacotherapy VII2-5
PHAR 9968Pharmacotherapy VIII2-5
PHAR 9914Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IV1
PHAR 9943Professional Development III1
PHAR 9948Pharmacy Law2
PHAR 9952Pharmacotherapy Lab IV1
PHAR 9969Pharmacotherapy IX2-5
PHAR 9970Pharmacotherapy X2-5
PHAR 9971
Capstone Pharmacy
and Capstone Recitation
PHAR 9981Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (Students will take 49 credits of PHAR 9981)7
PHAR 9982Professional Student Seminar1
Electives 16
Student must fulfill ISU General Education requirements.

Plan of Study

First Professional Year (P-1) Curriculum

PHAR 99100PHAR 99052PHAR 99111
PHAR 99214PHAR 99100 
PHAR 99243PHAR 99121 
PHAR 99313PHAR 99225 
PHAR 9941
4PHAR 99230 
PHAR 9949
4PHAR 9926
 PHAR 99423 
 PHAR 9956
 18 19 1
Total Credits: 38

Second Professional Year (P-2) Curriculum

PHAR 99062PHAR 99072
PHAR 99200PHAR 99131
PHAR 9927
4PHAR 99200
PHAR 99612-5PHAR 99330
PHAR 99622-5PHAR 9944
 PHAR 99632-5
 PHAR 99642-5
 PHAR 99652-5
 PHAR 99662-5
 10-16 15-27
Total Credits: 25-43

Third Professional Year (P-3) Curriculum

PHAR 99082PHAR 99141
PHAR 99300PHAR 99300
PHAR 9945
4PHAR 99431
PHAR 99672-5PHAR 99482
PHAR 99682-5PHAR 99521
 PHAR 99692-5
 PHAR 99702-5
 PHAR 9971
 10-16 11-20
Total Credits: 21-36


Electives (may be taken in any semester) 6
Total Credits6

Fourth Professional Year (P-4) Curriculum

Full Calendar Year

PHAR 9981Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (49 total credits) 17
PHAR 9982Professional Student Seminar1
Total Credits8

Total for Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, including a minimum of 6 elective credits:                         228