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Non-U.S. Students


Admission Restrictions for Non-U.S. Applicants

 

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program in the United States requires at least 2-years of specific pre-professional (undergraduate) coursework followed by 4-academic years (or 3-calendar years) of professional study. The B.S. of pharmacy degree is no longer offered in the U.S. The pharmacy admission process is highly competitive for all applicants.

Some U.S. pharmacy institutions do not consider international (non-U.S.) applicants for admission. Some U.S. pharmacy institutions give admission preference to applicants who live in the same state as the school. For these schools, international and out-of-state (non-resident) applicants may compete for a limited number of positions or may be ineligible for admission, depending on institutional and state policies. Private pharmacy institutions generally offer non-U.S. citizens a greater number of positions within the program as compared to state-supported, public institutions. Foreign citizens should visit the web site for each U.S. pharmacy school to determine if international (foreign) applicants are eligible for admission.

The majority of U.S. pharmacy degree programs require all applicants to apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). The PharmCAS web site indicates whether the pharmacy school considers non-US citizens for admission.

The classes required for admission vary by pharmacy school. To obtain admission requirement information, visit the web site for each Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. School specific information is also available in the AACP annual publication, "Pharmacy School Admission Requirements" (PSAR). The on-line version of the PSAR is available for free on the AACP web site.

If the U.S. institution considers non-U.S. citizens for admission, the applicant must meet the same minimum entry requirements as American students, including course prerequisites and standardized tests. Applicants who completed pre-pharmacy study outside the U.S. will be required to submit original foreign transcripts or a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation report, depending on school policy. Some pharmacy schools do not accept pre-pharmacy courses taken at a foreign institution.

If an applicant's primary language is not English, the pharmacy school may require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Test of Spoken English (TSE), or another English language proficiency test as part of the admissions process. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to complete the pre-pharmacy courses in a U.S. accredited university.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services


World Education Services, Inc
P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
212-966-6311
info@wes.org

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
305-273-1616
Fax: 305-273-1338 / Translation Fax: 305-273-1984
www.jsilny.com
info@jsilny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
414-289-3400
eval@ece.org

International Education Research Foundation, Inc
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
310-258-9451

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Foreign Education Credential Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
202-296-3359
oies@aacrao.org

Educational Perspectives
P.O. Box 618056
Chicago, IL 60661-8056
312-421-9300
info@educational-perspectives.org
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Non-U.S. Pharmacy Graduates


Pharmacy Practice in the U.S.

Foreign pharmacy graduates that wish to practice in the U.S. must complete the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Certification (FPGEC®). FPGEC provides a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate's foreign pharmacy education. Questions regarding equivalency exams (FPGEC®) and licensure for graduates of foreign pharmacy programs should be directed to:

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
1600 Feehanville Drive
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847-391-4406

Many states have additional testing requirements, and you should contact the Board of Pharmacy in the state that you will be practicing to learn more. The NABP web site provides contact information for each state board.

Pharmacy Study in the U.S.

If you have already completed a degree in pharmacy at a foreign institution and wish to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in the U.S., you may wish to consider post-B.S. of pharmacy degree programs. The following colleges and schools of pharmacy consider foreign pharmacy graduates for admission into a post-B.S. of pharmacy (non-traditional) Pharm.D. degree program. A U.S. or Canadian pharmacy license may be required for admission. For specific admission information about these programs, please contact these colleges and schools directly:

  • University of Colorado
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • University of Florida
  • The University of Georgia
  • Idaho State University
  • Midwestern University/Downers Grove
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston
  • The Ohio State University 
  • Western University of Health Sciences

International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF)
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