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
  • Apply on PharmCAS by the application deadline of April 1 (priority deadline December 1)

Application Process

Applications submitted on PharmCAS between August and March each year are reviewed as they are completed and verified. Applicants receive invitation to interview decisions within 14 days.  Multiple interview dates are available during the fall and spring semesters.  Applicants receive acceptance decisions within 14 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, and pay PharmCAS application fee. 
  • 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 to PharmCAS an official detailed evaluation report from World Education Services (WES)  and meet Idaho State University’s admission requirements for international students (

ROAR Rx Early Assurance Program (EAP)

Want to become a PharmD student at ISU College of Pharmacy?  Join our ROAR Rx Early Assurance Program at Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy and we will assist you on a direct path to your Pharmacy goal!

This program is available to any college student who is-

  • Just beginning their Pre-Pharmacy Requirements, right through to those who have at least one year of pre-pharmacy studies remaining


  • A student completing prepharmacy requirements and an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited college or university in the US

ROAR Rx Requirements

  1. Enroll as an undergraduate at ISU or another accredited college in the US.
  2. Join ROAR Rx Early Assurance Program
  • Advising Session with ISU College of Pharmacy during first semester of Early Assurance Program enrollment
  • Complete all Pre-Pharmacy Courses with C or better grades
  • Earn minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
  • During final year of pre-pharmacy studies-
    • Advising session with ISU College of Pharmacy
    • Apply via PharmCAS by December 1 to ISU’s PharmD Program

Pre-Pharmacy Courses

BIOL 1101
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
BIOL 2233
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of 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 evaluate the applicants best predicted to complete the curriculum and have productive professional careers

  • 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

New students are admitted to begin the professional program only in the fall semester of each year. 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 Colleges of Pharmacy

Students wishing to be considered for transfer from another U.S. college of pharmacy must present the following materials to the College of Pharmacy admissions staff 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 didactic/laboratory 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 seven, 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.

Program and course-level learning outcomes can be found in the PharmD Student Handbook.

Pharmacy Courses

PHAR 9910First Year Recitation0
PHAR 9911Foundations of Interprofessional and Experiential Education1
PHAR 9920Second Year Recitation0
PHAR 9921Biological Basis of Drug Actions4
PHAR 9924Physicochemical Basis of Drug Action3
PHAR 9930Third Year Recitation0
PHAR 9931Health Care I3
PHAR 9941Introduction to Pharmacy Practice with Lab4
PHAR 9949
Human Physiology I
and Human Physiology I Recitation
PHAR 9905Pharmacy Problem-Based Learning Foundations2
PHAR 9912Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I1
PHAR 9922Introduction to Pharmacotherapy5
PHAR 9923Professional Development I0
PHAR 9926
Basic Pharmacokinetics and Calculations
and Basic Pharmacokinetics and Calculations Recitation
PHAR 9942Fundamentals of Study Design and Literature Evaluation in Pharmacy3
PHAR 9956
Human Physiology II
and Human Physiology II Recitation
PHAR 9906Pharmacy Problem-Based Learning I2
PHAR 9927
Dosage Form Design and Compounding with Lab
and Dosage Form Design and Compounding Lab
PHAR 9961Pharmacotherapy I with Lab2-5
PHAR 9962Pharmacotherapy II with Lab2-5
PHAR 9907Pharmacy Problem-Based Learning II2
PHAR 9913Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II1
PHAR 9933Professional Development II0
PHAR 9944Health Care II with Lab4
PHAR 9963Pharmacotherapy III with Lab2-5
PHAR 9964Pharmacotherapy IV with Lab2-5
PHAR 9965Pharmacotherapy V with Lab2-5
PHAR 9966Pharmacotherapy VI with Lab2-5
PHAR 9908Pharmacy Problem-Based Learning III2
PHAR 9945Health Care III with Lab4
PHAR 9967Pharmacotherapy VII with Lab2-5
PHAR 9968Pharmacotherapy VIII with Lab2-5
PHAR 9914Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III1
PHAR 9943Professional Development III1
PHAR 9948Pharmacy Law2
PHAR 9969Pharmacotherapy IX with Lab2-5
PHAR 9970Pharmacotherapy X with Lab2-5
PHAR 9971
Capstone Pharmacy and Pharmacy Problem-Based Learning IV
and Capstone Pharmacy and Pharmacy Problem-Based Learning IV Recitation
PHAR 9981Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (Students will take 49 credits of PHAR 9981)7
PHAR 9982Pharmacy Information Mastery I1
PHAR 9983Pharmacy Information Mastery II1
PHAR 9984Pharmacy Information Mastery III1
Electives 16
Student must fulfill ISU General Education requirements.