Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree through Xavier’s College of Pharmacy must complete 66 credit hoursof pre-requisite courses (see table below) prior to being admitted to the Pharm.D. program. The pre-pharmacy requirements may be completed at Xavier University or any accredited university.

In order to be considered for admission to the Pharm.D. program, students must have grades of “C” (2.00/4.00) or better in all of the pre-pharmacy courses.  A grade of “C-“is not acceptable.  Also, students must possess a minimum cumulative 2.75 grade point average in all of the pre-requisite courses and a minimum 2.75 grade point average in the required math and science courses.

The College of Pharmacy will use each grade (including Ds and Fs) received in any of the pre-requisite course work to calculate the cumulative and the math-science grade point average.  For example, if a student receives a “D” and an “A” in an Organic Chemistry course, then both grades will be used to calculate the cumulative and math-science grade point average.

All of the pre-requisite course work must be completed on or before August 4, 2015.  Any student who has more than seven hours of course work to complete at the end of the Spring 2015 semester will no longer be considered for admissions to the College.


Biology * General Biology I 1230
  General Biology I Lab 1230L
  General Biology II 1240
  General Biology II Lab 1240L
  General Microbiology 2010
  Microbiology Lab 2010L
Chemistry General Chemistry I 1010
  General Chemistry I Lab 1011L
  General Chemistry II 1020
  General Chemistry II Lab 1021L
  Organic Chemistry I 2210
  Organic Chemistry I Lab 2230L
  Organic Chemistry II 2220L
  Organic Chemistry II Lab 2210L
Physics General Physics 2010
  General Physics Lab 2010L
Mathematics Pre-Calculus 1030
  Calculus 1070
  Biostatistics 3010
English Comp & Rhet (English) 1010
  Comp & Literature 1020
Communications Studies Fund of Public Speaking 1010
Philosophy** Philosophy Course 1000 Level
  Health Ethics 2400
Psychology  <OR>
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Theology*** Theology 1000 Level
Academic Elective (Cannot be Science, Math or Physical Education)  
*Microbiology Lab is required for students admitted for Fall 2016.

**General ethics courses will not be considered in fulfillment of the health ethics requirement at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Transfer credit for PHIL 2400 Health Ethics must be a comparable course in either bioethics, medical ethics or health ethics. The required health ethics course must be offered through a philosophy department.

***The required Theology course must have been offered through a Theology or Religion department.  Courses offered through other departments such as History, English, Philosophy, or Humanities will not be accepted. However, the College of Pharmacy will accept a Theology course from another institution if it is equivalent to a Theology course taught at Xavier University.  The course will have to be approved by Xavier’s Theology Department before it is accepted.

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses for non-science majors will not be accepted by the College of Pharmacy.

The College of Pharmacy will not accept any independent study courses.

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