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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

For questions regarding first-year admission please contact:

Dillon Wyatt
Assistant Director for Student Success and Diversity Initiatives
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
pharmadmissions@butler.edu

Dr. Angela Ockerman
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences 
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
317-940-8516
aockerma@butler.edu 

Automatic Advancement into the Pharmacy Program

Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Phase—Admission Criteria and Procedures

The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum requires that students complete two preprofessional years and four professional years. Acceptance into the professional phase of the pharmacy program allows students to begin the first professional year (P1) course work. All students entering the fall semester of the first professional year (P1) must satisfactorily complete all preprofessional coursework required as prerequisites for enrollment in P1 professional courses.

The Butler Commitment to students eligible for automatic advancement into the professional pharmacy program is a secured place in the professional pharmacy program upon the successful completion of the criteria listed below. Butler students who lose automatic advancement or do not qualify for automatic advancement may apply for admittance into the professional pharmacy program by completion of the PharmCAS application by the January deadline. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences reserves the option to modify its pharmacy program admission and advancement procedures at any time.

Automatic Advancement Procedure for Pre-Pharmacy Students Entering Butler University 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 professional pharmacy program upon the completion of their third semester of Butler enrollment if they meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Butler University greater than or equal to 3.0.
  • GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 in the nine selected, critical pre-pharmacy courses listed below.
  • No grade less than C- in any of the nine pre-pharmacy courses stipulated below. 
  • Successful completion of an in-person standardized interview, to include the 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 and submission of the PharmCAS application by the January deadline.
  • Successful completion of an essay based on a standardized writing prompt.
  • Successful conduct code review. 

Nine courses that determine the automatic advancement GPA:

CH105 General Chemistry CH106 General Chemistry
MA106 Calculus and Analytical Geometry BI105 Introductory Cell Biology
FYS101 First-Year Seminar FYS102 First-Year Seminar
CH351 Organic Chemistry PX326 Human Anatomy and Physiology 
PX100 COPHS Exploring Pharmacy  

 

(A minimum of six of these courses must be taken at Butler.)

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

Students seeking professional 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) toward the calculation of their automatic advancement GPA.

Students failing to automatically advance to the professional pharmacy program will be considered for admission to the professional program on a competitive, space-available application basis. Application for admission by this process requires completing the PharmCAS application by the January deadline. This process considers the student's cumulative GPA for all coursework completed at all universities, completion of an essay based on a writing prompt, and an attribute assessment through an interview.

Professional Pharmacy Program Application Procedure for Transfer Students Entering Butler University as Preprofessional Students 

Students who enter Butler University with 12 or more credit hours completed after high school graduation are classified as transfer students. Students entering Butler University as transfer students and declaring prepharmacy as their intended major are not eligible for admission to the P1 year of the professional pharmacy program via the automatic advancement option. Preprofessional transfer students may apply for admission into the P1 class along with all internal applicants on a competitive, space-available basis. This process considers the student's cumulative GPA for all coursework completed at all universities, completion of an essay based on a writing prompt, and an attribute assessment through an interview. Application is made by completion of the PharmCAS application by the January deadline. 

Professional Phase Application Procedure for Butler University Students not Classified as Pre-Pharmacy Upon Entry into the University as First Year

Students enrolling at Butler University as first years who declare a major other than prepharmacy are not eligible for the automatic advancement option for entry into the P1 year of the professional pharmacy program. Such students may apply for admission into the P1 class along with all internal program applicants on a competitive, space-available basis. This process considers the student's cumulative GPA for all coursework completed at all universities and an attribute assessment through an interview, and completion of an essay based on a writing prompt. Application is made by completion of the PharmCAS application by the January deadline. 

Option to Remain a Pre-Professional Pharmacy Student for Six Semesters

Preprofessional pharmacy students who do not gain admission into the professional pharmacy program by automatic advancement or the internal application process upon their first attempt may remain in the preprofessional pharmacy program at Butler University for a maximum of six semesters. During this time they may repeat the requisite coursework to improve their GPA. If students elect to repeat preprofessional coursework, they may apply for admission into a subsequent P1 class by the completion of the PharmCAS application by the January deadline.  The admission criteria and curriculum in effect for the P1 class they will be entering will apply. If students fail to achieve admission into the P1 class at the end of six semesters of Butler enrollment, they will be required to change their major.

How to Transfer into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Application for Pharmacy Transfer Admission

All applicants must apply via PharmCas, the Pharmacy College Application Services at PharmCAS.org when applying to the professional phase of the pharmacy program.

To ensure proper evaluation of transfer credit, applications should be completed early and by the January deadline.

Students with more than 12 semester hours of college credit  after high school are considered transfer students. If you have less than nine hours of college credit, you must follow the procedures for first-year applicants.

Unless you have a previous bachelors degree you must submit your high school transcript.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Butler University's admission policies are designed to help you make a smooth transition regarding transferred credit hours. We evaluate all course work completed at previously attended colleges and universities as part of the admissions process. The Registrar's Office will evaluate official copies of transcripts within two weeks of receipt of all complete transcripts and PharmCAS application. 

Admission Requirements P1 Fall 2020

To be admissible to Butler University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences pharmacy program, all transfer applicants must have a recommended GPA of 3.0. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, students will also be required to participate in an interview and complete an essay based on a writing prompt. The average transfer student admitted into the program has at least a 3.5 GPA.

PreRequisite Courses for Pharmacy Transfer Admission

CH105 Chemistry (w/lab) 5
CH106 Chemistry (w/lab) 5
BI105 Introductory Cell Biology 3
MA106 Calc and Geometry 4
CH351 Organic Chemistry (w/lab) 5
CH352 Organic Chemistry (w/lab) 5
PX326 Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
PX327 Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
BI325 Microbiology (w/lab)

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Students without a prior degree must take at least 6 credit hours of non-math, non-science, non-pharmacy classes (typically taken as two 3 credit hour classes, but may be divided in any way desired.) Classes for non-math/non-science minors, tracks, or dual majors may be used as liberal education elective credits.  Classes must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail).

Transfer Course Equilvancies

Butler University has pre-approved courses from other colleges and university that are transferable to Butler for credit.  Click here to see if your instituition and coursework has the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences equivalencies.