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Applicants with Previous Degrees


Increasingly, applicants have completed a substantial amount of coursework in excess of the minimum pre-pharmacy requirements, often culminating in bachelor's or advanced degrees. Candidates who have completed more than the minimum coursework may be more competitive; however, a previous degree is not the sole criterion used in selecting candidates for admission. Applicants must have a competitive GPA regardless of the number of hours completed prior to application. In addition, completion of a previous degree does not exempt a student from any of the prerequisites.

We do not offer advanced standing, regardless of an applicant’s academic background, degrees earned or prior training. Students must complete the entire four-year program. No credit from any other pharmacy programs (U.S. or non-U.S.) can apply toward fulfilling the degree requirements.

 Transfer Students from Another Pharmacy Program

The University of Colorado School of Pharmacy has a unique and integrated curriculum; therefore, transfers directly into the program are not accepted. Students from another school or college of pharmacy wishing to attend CU SOP must meet all pre-pharmacy admission requirements. We do not offer advanced standing, regardless of an applicant’s previous course work or background. Candidates must undertake the entire four-year course of study.1

 International Pharmacy Degrees

Students holding a BS or higher degree in pharmacy from another country may want to consider taking the Foreig​n Pharmacy Graduate Examination, which could entitle them to a license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. Please call the FPGEC at (847) 698-6227 or write to them at 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068. International students who wish to enter the CU SOP and are offered admission must undertake the entire four-year program. No credit from any other pharmacy programs (U.S. or non-U.S.) is granted toward fulfilling the degree requirements.2

 Previous Post-graduate or Professional Programs

All transcripts must be submitted to PharmCAS regardless of the age or transferability of courses, including course work or degrees from post-graduate and professional degree programs. The admissions committee reserves the right to review courses from any previous incomplete post-graduate or professional program and ask the candidate to provide a release for the admissions committee to review any previous educational records.  In addition, the candidate will be required to provide an explanation of why they did not complete the program. 

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