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Doctor of Pharmacy

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program prepares students to become pharmacy practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills required to function as authorities on the use of medicines, and who can apply pharmaceutical and biomedical science to the practical problems of drug therapy. Pharmacists are capable of contributing to the interdisciplinary delivery of primary healthcare and can function as drug therapy specialists. Students also are prepared for specialty professional studies and for graduate study in the pharmaceutical sciences.


  • Applicants to the pre-professional or professional program who are nonnative English speakers are required to submit the results of the Test of Spoken English (TSE-A) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum requires that students complete two pre-professional years and four professional years of study. Acceptance into the professional phase of the program allows students to begin the first professional year (P1) course work. Students entering the fall semester of P1 must satisfactorily complete all math/science and other pre-professional course work required as prerequisites for enrollment in P1 professional courses.
  • Acceptance into the professional pharmacy program by either the automatic advancement option or as an internal or external transfer student is contingent upon enrollment capacity limitations of the program. All applicants must apply through PharmCas. 
  • The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences reserves the option to modify its pharmacy program admission and advancement procedures at any time.

Automatic Advancement for Pre-Pharmacy Students Entering as First-Year Students

Students enrolling as first-year students at Butler University and declaring pre-pharmacy as their initial major are eligible to be automatically admitted to the P1 year of the pharmacy program upon completion of their third semester of Butler enrollment if they meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA at Butler University of 3.0 or higher.
  • GPA greater than 3.0 in nine selected, critical pre-pharmacy courses (BI105; CH105, CH106, CH351, MA106, FYS101, FYS102,PX100, PX326).
  • No grade lower than C- in any of the pre-pharmacy courses noted above. A student may repeat a course to satisfy a subsequent course prerequisite. (Note: Withdrawals during the first student year will have no effect on the GPA calculation, but courses must be completed. A withdrawal during the fall semester, sophomore year from one of the nine classes used in the automatic advancement formula will result in loss of automatic advancement.)
  • Successful completion of an in-person standardized interview, including evaluation of verbal communication and interpersonal skills, ethical and professional characteristics, intellectual curiosity, leadership and emotional maturity, respect and empathy for others, and creativity.
  • Successful completion of a standardized writing prompt.
  • Application through PharmCas

Eligibility for automatic advancement into the P1 year of the pharmacy program ceases after the student’s review for professional phase admission at the end of his or her third semester at Butler University.

A student seeking pharmacy program admission by the automatic advancement option may not count more than three courses transferred from another university or awarded through advanced placement (AP) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program toward the calculation of his or her automatic advancement GPA.

A student failing to automatically advance to the professional pharmacy program will be considered for admission to the program on a competitive, space-available basis. Students who do not automatically advance will be placed into the regular advancement pool. This process considers the student’s cumulative GPA for all course work completed at all universities, completion of the standardized writing prompt, and an attribute assessment through an interview.

Transfer Students and Internal Applicants Not Classified as Pre-Pharmacy

Students who enter Butler University with 12 or more credit hours completed after high school graduation are classified as transfer students. Students entering Butler as transfer students and declaring pre-pharmacy as their intended major are not eligible for admission to the P1 year of the pharmacy program via the automatic advancement option. Pre-professional transfer students, as well as Butler University students not classified as pre-pharmacy upon entry into the University as first-year students (including changes of majors), may apply for admission into the P1 class on a competitive, space-available basis. Application through PharmCas is required. This process considers the student’s cumulative GPA for all course work completed at all universities, completion of a standardized writing prompt, and an attribute assessment through an interview.