Admission Requirements


The minimum GPA for admission is 2.50. This GPA is calculated based on the pre-requisite coursework requirements listed below.


The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) may be taken at any time, but no later than January of the year that you are seeking admission.  Please contact the Psychological Corporation at 1-800-622-3231 or visit their website at for additional PCAT information and registration.


To be eligible for admission consideration into the entry-level Pharm. D. degree program, an applicant must present evidence of successful completion of the required Pre-Pharmacy program at the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences or at any other college or university whose program is accredited by a United States regional accreditation agency.

The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended and must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in Sciences, Mathematics, English and Speech and an overall GPA of 2.5 in all pre pharmacy courses. Applications will be available ONLY through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) website at  


Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University are expected to successfully fulfill the College of Pharmacy approved technical standards below, to ensure an ability to attain competence in core Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education Accreditation Standards and Guidelines Curriculum Standards (

Analysis and Synthesis Skills: As appropriate for each stage of their education, students must have the ability to identify, analyze, synthesize and apply relevant information in independent professional and health care team contexts that are increasingly realistic and culminate in practice settings.

Communication Skills: As appropriate for each stage of their education, students must have the ability to communicate fluently in oral and written English, be cognizant of nonverbal communications, and to have the ability to work in student groups and health care teams.

Observation Skills: Students must have the ability to independently observe and evaluate materials and processes demonstrated through a variety of activities such as demonstrations, experiments, physical assessments, and professional and clinical practice, in classrooms, laboratories, and patient care areas.

Professional Conduct Skills: Students must have the ability to demonstrate responsible professional and ethical behavior and demonstrate compassion, integrity, and respect for their patients and colleagues, and for the privacy of health care information.


All students are required to have a criminal background check (CBC) report on file in the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs and Office of Experiential Education. The criminal background check is performed by Certiphi Screening, Inc. and triggered once a student has been extended an offer of admission by any school/college of pharmacy. Please note the following:

  • The Criminal Background Check is MANDATORY.
    • Information from the CBC must be on file with the Offices of Student Affairs and Experiential Education, in the College of Pharmacy before the student secures a seat in the class.
    • Additional background checks may be required of external institutional partnerships prior to participation in experiential activities. Financial and other responsibilities for these CBCs are the sole responsibility of the student.
    • Information on obtaining the initial CBC is e-mailed to each student who has been extended an offer of admission with the College of Pharmacy in an e-mail titled, “AACP Notification E-mail 2014”.


All pharmacy students are required to own a laptop that meets minimum specifications set by the program. See Laptop Minimum Specifications.


Compliance with the Health Professions Immunization Requirements and Medical History is mandatory and your medical clearance is a pre-requisite for registration. Therefore all new Doctor of Pharmacy students must complete the Medical History, Immunization History Record, and Physical Examination Form (which also includes the 2-Step PPD and Tuberculosis Screening) for Health Professions Students, prior to arriving on campus. These documents are available for your review and use through the Student Health Center website at

Mr. Marlon Prince
Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Howard University, College of Pharmacy
2300 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059
CCH – Rm. 106
Telephone: (202) 806-6533