Pharmacists are required to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an ACPE accredited program. There are three pharmacy schools in the state of West Virginia: Marshall University, West Virginia University, and University of Charleston.

Marshall’s PharmD program does not require a Bachelor’s degree for admission, although there are options for obtaining a Bachelor’s degree on an accelerated academic pathway. Marshall University School of Pharmacy also offers an Early Assurance Scholars Program in which outstanding high school students can be assured of early admittance to the pharmacy program at the beginning of the third year at the university.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook:  Pharmacy. Also see American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

  • Biology with Lab (BSC 120/121)
  • Calculus (MTH 140 or MTH 229)
  • Chemistry with Lab (CHM 211/217 or CHM 212/218)
  • English Composition (ENG 101, ENG 201)
  • Human Anatomy with Lab (BSC 227)
  • Human Physiology with Lab (BSC 228)
  • Microbiology with Lab (BSC 250 or BSC 302/304)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHM 355, CHM 356, CHM 361)
  • Physics with Lab (PHY 201/202)
  • Social Science elective
  • Statistics

Professional Exam

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) must be completed, preferably in the fall of the year before entry into the pharmacy program. For the most current information, review the PCAT web site.