COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
 
 
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree through Xavier's College of Pharmacy must complete 66 credit hours of 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 D's and F's) 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 8, 2014. Any student who has more than seven hours of course work to complete at the end of the Spring 2014 semester will no longer be considered for admissions to the College.

*The courses highlighted in red are recommended for the classes entering in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 but required for the class entering in Fall 2016.

Required Pre-requisite Courses
DISCIPLINE COURSE XU EQUIVALENCY
Biology  General Biology I 1230
  General Biology I Lab 1230L
  General Biology II 1240
  General Biology II Lab 1240L
  General Microbiology 2010
  General 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 2220
  Organic Chemistry II Lab 2240L
     
Physics General Physics 2010
  General Physics Lab 2010L
     
Mathematics Pre-Calculus 1030
  Calculus 1070
  Biostatistics 3010/3010D*
     
English Comp & Rhet (English) 1010
  Comp & Literature 1020
     
Communications Studies  Fund of Public Speaking 1010
     
Economics* Introduction to Economics 1030
     
Philosophy** Philosophy Course 1000 Level
  Health Ethics 2400
     
Psychology Introduction to Psychology 1010
or
Sociology Introduction to Sociology  1010
     
Theology*** Theology 1000 Level
     
Academic Elective (Cannot be Science, Math or Physical Education)

*Any economics course accepted for transfer must be equivalent to Xavier University’s ECON 1030 (Introduction to Economics) or ECON 2010 (Principles of Microeconomics).

**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 accept on-line courses for any of the non-science courses EXCEPT the Fundamentals of Public Speaking course.  All math and science courses must be taken in a class room setting.

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

The College of Pharmacy will not accept courses taught in a compressed format or courses that are taught during an intersession i.e. between semesters.

Five-Year Limit on Math and Science Courses

The College of Pharmacy will not accept math or science courses taken more than five years prior to the year the student applies to the program.  However, an official transcript(s)from the college/university attended must be submitted.  Therefore, any math or science courses taken before January 2009 will not be accepted. 

Students who wish to appeal the five-year rule must submit the following:

  • Appeal Form
  • An official transcript of all coursework completed by the student.

Submission of an appeal form does not guarantee approval of the course(s) under review.  Each student will be held responsible for re-taking any course(s) that is/are not approved by the Admissions Committee. 

Priority will be given to students who plan to enroll during the Fall 2014 semester.  Students will be notified via e-mail regarding the Committee’s decision on their appeal.

The appeal form and transcript(s) should be submitted to the address provided below.  The deadline to submit the documents is October 15, 2013.

Please submit the required documents to the address provided below

Office of Admissions
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125

Course Substitutions

The College of Pharmacy will evaluate courses to determine if they are equivalent to the corresponding Xavier University pre-requisite course.  As a general rule, any course with the words “Fundamentals of”, “Foundations of”, “Principles of”, “Introduction to”, “Introductory”, or “Elementary” in the title will have to be reviewed.

Any student who would like to have a course evaluated must submit the following:

  • Course Substitution form (click here to download the form).
  • Course syllabus for each course that will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Submission of the course substitution form and the required documents does not guarantee approval of the course(s) under review.  Each student will be held responsible for taking any course(s) that is/are not approved. 

Priority will be given to students who plan to enroll during the Fall 2014 semester.  Students will be notified via e-mail regarding the decision.

Please submit the required documents to the address provided below.

Xavier University of Louisiana
College of Pharmacy
Office of Student Affairs
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125

Pharmacy Pre-Matriculation Summer Program

The Pharmacy Pre-Matriculation Summer Program (PPMSP) introduces first-year students to the rigors of the professional program and acclimates them to the professional student environment.  The program is open to all incoming students; however, students with a pre-pharmacy GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 or a math-science GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 or a composite score below the 25th percentile on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test will be required to participate in the program.  The PPMSP will be held during the second summer session (June 30 – August 1, 2014).  Therefore, any student required to enroll in the PPMSP will have to complete all of their pre-pharmacy requirements by June 30, 2014.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

The PCAT is required to apply to the College of Pharmacy.  The scores from the written component of the exam will be used during the selection process to assess written communication skills. The overall PCAT results are used to assess placement after admission.

PCAT registration and test date information can be found on the web at: http://www.pcatweb.info/.  The College of Pharmacy has a two-year limit on PCAT scores.  Therefore, any score obtained from a test that was taken before January 2011 will not be accepted. The deadline to take the exam and still be considered for admission to the College of Pharmacy has been extended to November 8, 2013.

 
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