Virginia Commonwealth University

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Virginia Commonwealth University

  • City , State Richmond, Virginia
  • Est. Tution $111,816
  • Deadline 05/02/2022
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Virginia Commonwealth University Quick Facts

Duration: 4 Years Courses: 52 Faculty: 54
Est. Applications: 400 Acceptance Rate: 31% Est. Class Size: 123

Program Description

We are the oldest pharmacy school in Virginia, tracing our roots back to 1898. Our primary teaching facilities are located on the Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond, the state capital. We are 1 of 18 Health Science Centers nationwide meaning that our campus has four other health sciences schools and a major academic health center with several hospitals and clinics that offer tremendous opportunities for hands-on interprofessional patient care. Moreover, we have satellite campuses at INOVA ( and the University of Virginia ( extending our reach and providing additional perspectives on healthcare delivery. We partner with a multitude of community organizations that welcome student pharmacists who are interested in areas such as geriatrics, cardiology, mental health, ambulatory care, and underserved communities. Most importantly, we believe our students represent the future of healthcare and we do all we can to help each student shape their path. Take the time to get to know us and see what we have to offer.

PharmD Program Highlights

  • Public Institution
  • No Baccalaureate Degree Required
  • $1000 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score Required
  • Minimum Three (3) Letters of Reference are required
  • Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • No Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location: Room 500, Smith Building, 410 North 12th Street, Box 980581 Richmond, Virginia 23298-0581

Acceptance Rate for Virginia Commonwealth University

31%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 31%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 66% Male: 34% Age: 18-61


Tuition (In-State): $27,954 per year
Tuition (Out-State): $40,284 per year
Tuition Fee: $3,100 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: 52
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 45
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
General Biology I & II 8/12
Microbiology Lecture 3/4.5
Biochemistry Lecture 3/4.5
English 6/9
Calculus 3/4.5
Statistics 3/4.5
General Chemistry I & II w/lab 8/12
Organic Chemistry I & II w/lab 8/12
Physics w/lab 4/6
Human Anatomy 3/4.5
Human Physiology 3/4.5
Total 52/45

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information
LOR types that are REQUIRED: Employer, Supervisor, Professor of Science
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: Clergy, Co-Worker, Faculty Advisor, Pre-Health Advisor, Family, Friend, Politician, Teaching Assistant, Health Care Professional, Professor of Liberal Arts and Math
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted?

Does it count as more than one LOR?



Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
Details: If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted by phone to arrange an on-site interview appointment. Interviews are conducted from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on specific Saturdays during the interview period.



May 2, 2022

General School Information


Dual Degree Program? Yes
Part of an academic health center? Yes
Pharmacy observation hours required? No
Supplemental application requirement? Yes
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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