Doctor of Pharmacy Program Admission Criteria

Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Programs students must meet the following criteria and academic prerequisite coursework to be eligible to enter the PharmD program:

  1. Maintain a 3.00 GPA in the undergraduate program and be in good academic and professional standing;
  2. Successfully complete the Prerequisite Coursework (listed in section B);
  3. Participate in at least one COP campus activity per year while attending the College of Health Sciences;
  4. Submit a Supplemental Application. This application must be sent to the COP Office of Admission upon request; and
  5. Successfully complete the PharmD admission interview.

If any of the above criteria are not met, students will still be able to pursue the BS in Health Sciences and compete for pharmacy school admission.

Prerequisite Coursework

Academic Prerequisites Estimated Units
Estimated Units
General Chemistry 2 / 3 8/12 Course must have lab component or lab equivalent.
Organic Chemistry 2 / 3 8/12 Course must have lab component or lab equivalent.
Biochemistry, or
Cell & Molecular Biology
1 / 1 3/4  
General Biology 2 / 3 8/12 1 lab or lab equivalent acceptable
Microbiology 1 / 1 3/4  
Physiology 1 / 1 3/4 A 1-yr Anatomy & Physiology Course will satisfy this requirement
Anatomy 1 / 1 3/4 A 1-yr Anatomy & Physiology Course will satisfy this requirement
Physics 1 / 1 3/4 A 4+ AP score is acceptable.
Calculus 1 / 1 3/4 A 4+ AP score is acceptable.
Statistics 1 / 1 3/4  
Public Speaking 1 / 1 3/4 Counted towards Liberal Arts Course Unit Requirements
English Composition**** + 2/2 6/9 Counted towards Liberal Arts Course Unit Requirements

*English Composition: A minimum of two 3-semester unit courses or two 4-quarter unit courses will meet this course requirement. Typically this course is the freshman composition sequence (equivalent to ENGL 1A and 1B) required for many bachelor’s degree programs. Students who take these courses as part of their bachelor’s degree will fulfill this requirement. English Composition must be completed at an accredited institution in the United States or at an accredited institution in a predominately English speaking country. English as a Second Language courses will not fulfill this requirement (an AP exam score of 4 or 5 will fulfill only one semester of this requirement). CNU’s AP Code is 7669.

C. General Education Coursework

Applicants must complete at least two years (generally a minimum of 60 semester units) of General Education (GE) from an accredited college or university leading up to a Bachelor’s degree. The General Education coursework must include at least 21 semester/32 quarter units of liberal arts in non-math or non-science courses. The liberal arts coursework should include at a minimum one 3-semester unit course (or 4-5 quarter hour course) from each of the General Education categories.

Appropriate AP exams with scores of 4 or 5 are acceptable to fulfill GE requirements but limitations apply. A maximum of four AP exams will be accepted.

Each of the following category includes examples of acceptable courses. The Prerequisite coursework listed in Section B is counted towards the General Education Coursework requirement as science and math courses. Other general education courses may be accepted if they are listed under these categories in the institutions’ general or course catalogs.

C-1. Individual, Group, and Interpersonal Behavior
CHS Course Options: PSYCH 110, PSYCH 120, SOCL 110


General Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology

C-2. U.S. Studies
CHS Course Options:
ECON 110, ECON 120, GOVT 110


U.S. History
U.S. Government

C-3. Global Studies (Recommend Intercultural Communication)
CHS Course Options: ANTH 110


Intercultural Communication
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural or Political Geography
East Asian Civilization
Latin American History
Classical Mythology

C-4. Language and Literature
CHS Course Options: COLL 110, COMM 110


Foreign/Sign Language Courses
Medical Terminology
Oral Communication/Public Speaking
World Literature
Art of the Non-Fiction Essay
Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature
Literature of the Romantic Era
Modern American Poetry
Chinese Poetry

C-5. Worldviews and Ethics (Critical Thinking and Logic courses do not fulfill this requirement. A biomedical ethics course is recommended.)
CHS Course Options: PHIL 110


History of Medicine
Biomedical Ethics
Comparative Religions
History of Western Civilization
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Existential Philosophy
Oriental Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics

C-6. Visual and Performing Arts
CHS Course Options:
ARMU 110, ARMU 120


Film History and Studies
Introduction to Art/Art Appreciation/Applied Art/Survey of Western Art/European Art/Oriental Art/Art History
Introduction to the Theater/History of the Theater
Dance/Dance History
History of Music/Music Appreciation/Applied Music


Phone: 916-686-7300




California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032