Requirements for Progression to the Professional Program

Requirements for Progression to the Professional Program. Pharm.D. students must request transfer from University College for Academic Success to the College of Pharmacy at the end of three semesters. During their sophomore year, all students are required to have a formal interview. The student’s progression to the professional program will be contingent upon a successful interview. The interview is designed to assess students’ commitment to the profession of pharmacy, knowledge of the profession, and ability to communicate with patients.

After three semesters, only those pharmacy students having a 2.50 grade point average or better in 11 of the 15 required preprofessional courses (BCH 311; BIO 101, 121, 242, and 244; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114, 226, 227, and 228; MIC 201; MTH 131; and STA 307) with no grade less than C- in any of these courses, and an overall grade point average of 2.00, will be admitted at this time, provided they have successfully completed the interview. Successful candidates must maintain a grade point average of 2.50 in the remaining four prerequisite courses. Students who lose their seat at the end of three semesters will be considered for admission on a competitive basis along with other URI undergraduate students seeking transfer into the program at the end of four semesters. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 2.50 for the designated preprofessional courses will not be considered for admission to the college. For purposes of admission among transfer students (both internal and external), all of the preprofessional courses listed above (or equivalent courses) must be completed. All applicants must have a 2.50 in these courses, and successful candidates will be competitively selected from the applicant pool. They must also successfully complete a formal interview. In addition, all students must complete WRT 106, ECN 201, COM 100, and PHL 212 as a specific component of their general education prior to admission to the professional curriculum. PCAT exams, work experience, and letters of recommendation are required for all transfer applicants. Please note that it is a competitive program and seats are limited. For a more detailed description of these requirements, see the Admission website.

Beginning in the professional curriculum third year (P1) students must have their own laptop computer for use in the classroom. There are lease and purchase options at the University Bookstore for interested students.

Unless otherwise indicated, courses offered within the Pharm.D. program are restricted to Pharm.D. majors.