South Dakota State University

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South Dakota State University

  • City , State Brookings, South Dakota
  • Est. Tution $40,368
  • Deadline 02/01/2022
  • Apply Now


South Dakota State University Quick Facts

Duration: 2-4 Years Courses: 66 Faculty: 38
Est. Applications: 137 Acceptance Rate: 57% Est. Class Size: 78

Program Description

The South Dakota State University Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is nationally recognized for excellence in preparing students to provide high-quality patient-centered care. The Pharm.D. program curriculum is designed to prepare pharmacy graduates for interprofessional collaborative practice. Medication therapy management, patient counseling on proper medication use, and drug therapy outcome monitoring are areas of focus throughout the program. In addition, development of lifelong learning and leadership skills are emphasized.
The College also offers a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program, which provides a valuable background of preparation for an academic or pharmaceutical industry career. In the area of research, the College has great momentum. Research teams led by faculty are making progress on projects that can enhance the health and wellbeing of people around the world. The College’s growing research portfolio includes oncology, pharmacogentics, unique drug delivery systems, addiction to drugs and alcohol, cardiovascular health, dementia, ophthalmic medicine, and new models of pharmacy care.
The “home” for the College as it conducts this important, problem-solving research and teaches pharmacy care of today and tomorrow is the recently constructed Avera Health and Science Center. This state-of-the art facility features 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,600 square-feet of research laboratory space.
If you are interested in visiting, please contact us. We would be happy to show you around and tell you more about our programs.

PharmD Program Highlights

  • Public Institution
  • No Baccalaureate Degree Required
  • $600 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • No Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score not Required
  • Minimum Two (2) Letters of Reference are required
  • No Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • No Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location: Box 2202C, Brookings, South Dakota 57007

Acceptance Rate for South Dakota State University

57%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 57%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 70% Male: 30% Age: 18-61


Tuition (In-State): $10,092 per year
Tuition (Out-State): $21,590 per year
Tuition Fee: $8,694 per year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: N/A Average GPA: N/A Minimum PCAT: N/A


Program Prerequisites
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
General Chemistry w/lab 8
Organic Chemistry w/lab 8
General Biology 3
Calculus 5
Microbiology w/lab 4
Human Anatomy w/lab 4
Human Physiology w/lab 4
Economics 3
English Composition 6
Speech 3
General Statistics 3
Total 66

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information Students are asked to list two references on their application for admission, we do not ask for letters of reference.
LOR types that are REQUIRED:
LOR types that are RECOMMENDED:
Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

Pre-Health Adviser
Advisor must have 2+ years of familiarity with the applicant and have 10 plus years advising experience and limit the number of such LOR’s they deliver to a top specified percent of advisees.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted?

Does it count as more than one LOR?

Not Accepted


Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
Details: Students are asked to complete a 30-minute interview as part of the admissions process. The candidate will be interviewed by two people and be asked a variety of questions.



February 1, 2022

General School Information


Dual Degree Program? Yes
Part of an academic health center? No
Pharmacy observation hours required? Yes
Supplemental application requirement? No
Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Follows the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No

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