Studying Pre-Pharmacy at Regis

Student mixing chemicals during pre-pharmacy program at Regis College.
The pre-pharmacy program in Regis College offers students prerequisite courses required for application to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program in the School of Pharmacy. While the School of Pharmacy does not guarantee admission to Regis undergraduate students, individuals who have completed their prerequisite courses at Regis University are guaranteed an onsite admissions interview.
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The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Regis University in Denver is a 2+4 format meaning that applicants must complete a minimum of 2 years (72 semester hours) of prerequisite coursework prior to applying to the four-year professional program. Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is competitive. Applicants do not have to earn a bachelor's degree prior to applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Regis University; however, many applicants have a bachelors and/or masters degree.

The presence of a School of Pharmacy in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions provides our undergraduates with a special opportunity. The School of Pharmacy offers a Seamless Early Assurance Program for entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. To be eligible for Seamless Early Assurance Regis University Pre-Pharmacy Students must meet cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above, cumulative math/science grade point average of 3.0 or above, and grade of “C” or better in all Regis University coursework. Additionally, a Seamless Early Assurance Policy Agreement must be completed by student and their pre-professional advisor or admissions counselor. Their involvement in the Pre-Pharmacy Club on campus is strongly encouraged. Students who are eligible for Seamless Early Assurance will be given a PCAT waiver and guaranteed an admissions interview. Students who are not eligible for Seamless Early Assurance are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy through the PharmCAS application.

Rapid growth of the health care and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population, has created strong, increasing demand for trained pharmacists. A career in pharmacy offers opportunities to advance health care and health sciences so people can live stronger, healthier lives.  It's also a career that offers great pay and flexibility.

Pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care in a variety of settings. Most visible is the community pharmacist who practices in the local, independently-owned pharmacy, chain pharmacy, pharmacy department in a food or discount store, or professional health center. Other practice opportunities exist for pharmacists in hospitals, home health care, nursing homes and extended care facilities, neighborhood health centers, and health maintenance organizations. In all these practice settings, pharmacists are responsible for direct patient care. They manage systems designed to assure that each patient receives the appropriate medication in the correct form and dosage, at the correct time, and that the patient understands the intended and proper use of the medication.

Pharmacists are also employed by firms that discover, develop, and produce chemicals, prescription and nonprescription drugs, and other health products. Pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry conduct research, develop and market products, maintain quality control, and administer programs. (Taken from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy).

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Pharmacy Program Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses (minimum of 72 semester hours) must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy. You may be admitted prior to completion of all prerequisites, contingent upon successful completion by the start of classes.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

44 SH

General Biology and Lab I
4 SH
General Biology and Lab II
4 SH
General Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
General Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Microbiology and Lab
4 SH
Calculus I
4 SH
Human Anatomy and Lab
4 SH
Human Physiology and Lab
4 SH

Written and Oral Communication

6 SH

English Composition
3 SH
Speech Communication
3 SH

Social Sciences

9 SH

Social Science Electives (Psychology and Sociology recommended)
9 SH

Other

13 SH

Economics
3 SH
Religious Studies
3 SH
General Electives (Philosophy recommended)
7 SH

TOTAL PRE-PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

72 SH

Due to the dynamic nature of knowledge in the biological and chemical sciences, there is a seven year limit on those prerequisite courses. However, this time limit may be waived if the applicant has a prior bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants with such a prior degree and who have completed the prerequisites will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Pharmacy credits obtained at another school or college of pharmacy are not eligible for transfer to the Regis University School of Pharmacy.

If you have questions about transfer of credit from another academic institution, please contact:
Office of Admissions
pharmacy@regis.edu

Prerequisite Guide

If you are a pre-pharmacy student at Regis University, we’ve provided a suggested sequence for those who plan to complete the prerequisites in two years. Prerequisites may change, please consult your advisor to discuss your course schedule and view the latest prerequisite courses.

Seamless Early Assurance

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Pharmacy Seamless Early Assurance Admission Policy

Newly matriculated freshman attending Regis University (specifically Regis College) may be eligible for seamless admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program if they successfully meet all Early Assurance requirements at the end of their sophomore, junior or senior year.

Seamless Early Assurance is an opportunity to earn a spot in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Eligibility is based on an exceptional set of rigorous standards as outlined below. Students not meeting Seamless Early Assurance are still eligible to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

Newly matriculated freshmen attending Regis University (specifically Regis College) may be eligible for Seamless Early Assurance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program if they successfully meet all the following requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above (includes coursework completed at Regis College and any other regionally accredited institutions at which student has completed coursework)
  • Cumulative math/science grade point average of 3.0 or above (includes any math or science coursework completed at Regis College or any other regionally accredited institutions at which student has completed coursework)
  • Grade of “C” or better in all Regis University coursework
  • Seamless Early Assurance Policy Agreement completed by student and pre-professional advisor or admissions counselor
  • Highly encouraged but not required: participation in the Pre-Pharmacy Club

Benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission interview
  • PCAT waiver
  • Seats reserved in each class for Regis Pre-Pharmacy applicants

Conditions of Eligibility:

Students meeting the above requirements must also meet the following conditions to maintain eligibility to progress into the Doctor of Pharmacy program:

  • Students must successfully complete at least two years of full time study (fours semesters) through Regis College**
  • Students must complete all required prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy program with a grade of “C” or better
  • Participation in an Interview Day and approval from the School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee

Procedures:

  • All pre-pharmacy students must meet with the pre-professional advisor to sign the Seamless Early Assurance Policy Agreement at the time of matriculation (other majors will meet with the PharmD admissions counselor)
  • Evaluation for Seamless Early Assurance occurs after fall semester of the students’ eligibility year (fall semester; sophomore, junior or senior year).  Students earning progression are admitted conditionally, pending successful completion of the prerequisite coursework consistent with Seamless Early Assurance eligibility requirements.  Admitted students are re-evaluated at the completion of the following term (spring semester) to ensure eligibility.
  • Students not meeting Seamless Early Assurance eligibility at the end of fall semester following evaluation must submit additional application materials and are competitively evaluated by the Office of Admissions. 
  • Regis University students who request a change of major into pre-pharmacy must make an appointment with the pre-professional advisor to determine eligibility for the Seamless Early Assurance program.

There is no appeals process for students not admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program via the Seamless Early Assurance policy.  

Pre-Pharmacy students not meeting the guaranteed admission requirements for Seamless Early Assurance are still eligible to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program and have their applications competitively reviewed.

  **Some exceptions may be considered for undergraduate transfer students

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