The University of Akron

Pre-Pharmacy Program

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Pre-Pharmacy Program Overview - The University of Akron

The University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) Pre-Pharmacy students will generally be working toward a BS degree in one of three academic programs in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology or Biomedical Science.

  • Biochemistry is the preferred major (degree program) for students who plan to focus on a pharmacy career.
  • Biology is the preferred major (degree program) for students who plan to gain a broad foundation of knowledge in the life-sciences including pre-pharmacy.

A bachelor of science degree is not required for admission into the NEOMED College of Pharmacy PharmD Program. However, we recommend that a student at BCAS be working toward a bachelor of science degree in order to be prepared for continuation in an academic program if they change their career goal and/or are not accepted into the PharmD program.

NEOMED College of Pharmacy PharmD Admissions Criteria

The following minimum requirements should be met for admission consideration:

  • Must complete 32 credits at UA (these credits can be part of the Course Requirements or any courses at UA).
  • Expected GPA of 3.25 (minimum GPA considered is 2.5).
  • Expected GPA of 3.25 in all math and science courses.
  • Minimum composite score on the PCAT in the 50th percentile.
  • No grade lower than “C-” in any required course.
  • Completion of the required 72- 80 semester hours (Course Requirements).

Successful applicants must also meet additional requirements such as the applicant's degree of interest in the profession, as demonstrated by extracurricular activities; noncognitive factors such as maturity; leadership skills and abilities; community service and volunteer experiences; possible work experiences, especially experience with patients in a pharmacy or health-related setting; and professional shadowing experiences. Applicants are highly encouraged to acquire volunteer or work experience in a pharmacy prior to admission to the College of Pharmacy. The Admissions Committee has the latitude to make all admissions decisions, including exceptions to the criteria based on a holistic review of an applicant.

In general, Course Requirements should be completed by the summer before starting the PharmD Program at NEOMED College of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy is located on the NEOMED campus in Rootstown, Ohio. The website for the PharmD program is:

More detailed information about the PharmD Program and the online application can be found at:

Interested students should contact the Pre-Health Adviser at (330) 972-7880 or via email:


Doctor of Pharmacy Program Overview - NEOMED College of Pharmacy

Accreditation Status

The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Pharmacy was given approval from the Ohio Board of Regents to offer a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in November, 2005 and has been awarded Precandidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) during their January, 2007 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors.

Program Overview

If your professional calling is to provide excellent patient care as part of a health care team, you’ve come to the right place. Promoting good teamwork among health care providers has become a national priority. The NEOMED College of Pharmacy has answered this call by developing an innovative educational experience for our pharmacy students. Our groundbreaking curriculum allows pharmacy and medical students from NEOMED to learn side-by-side and to foster the close working relationships needed in clinical and community settings.

Studies have shown that well-functioning teams improve patient outcomes and reduce medical errors - and skilled pharmacists are an integral part of health care teams. Since practitioners are expected to work together in clinical settings, fostering good teamwork and communication skills from the very moment professionals begin training is vitally important.

The importance of communication is one of "Five Cs" stressed throughout the NEOMED College of Pharmacy curriculum. In addition to communication, the Five Cs include: competence, caring, character and community. Ohio citizens have told us they want health care professionals who are skilled and competent at what they do and who show empathy and compassion to them and their loved ones. They want health care providers who speak to them and who have the communication skills needed to be effective practitioners. They also demand that their care providers be professional and have the personal character needed to make sound, ethical decisions. And, they want them to be engaged in the communities in which they live and work.

In addition to our unique curriculum and emphasis on the Five Cs, the college's extensive educational network sets it apart from other colleges of pharmacy. NEOMED College of Pharmacy has partnered with The University of Akron, Kent State University, Youngstown State University and Cleveland State University. Preferential admissions agreements allow students to complete their pre-pharmacy studies at one of these universities and then apply to the four-year program. Qualified students from other colleges and universities also will be accepted. The college's four-year professional program culminates with the awarding of the doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm D.)

Our clinical educational partners include hospitals throughout northeast Ohio, community pharmacy and other clinical practice settings, as well as two boards of health. Additionally, we work closely with community clinics throughout the region. These partnerships allow NEOMED College of Pharmacy students to experience health care in a variety of settings - from major teaching hospitals to community-based centers. Additionally, our basic science campus in Rootstown, Ohio, offers state-of-the-art lecture halls and laboratories where our students work closely with faculty and fellow students.

Applicants for admission to the PharmD Program at NEOMED must complete at least two years of preprofessional coursework, earning a minimum of 72 semester hours in various disciplines. Please visit Pharmacy Admissions for additional admissions requirements.

Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
(330) 325-6270