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International-Trained PharmD Program

Admissions Requirements

The International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) Program is open to pharmacists who possess a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy from any locally-approved or accredited college or university program outside of the United States. Applicants must be licensed pharmacists and be in good standing with the licensing agency in their country. Successful applicants must also demonstrate a desire and commitment to expand patient-centered pharmacy care in their home country. (PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the ITPD program’s pathway to the PharmD degree does not ensure eligibility for licensure in the US, as each state sets its own requirements for licensure.)

There is no minimum grade point average to apply to the ITPD Program. University policies require background checks for all students upon admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptions to the admissions policies on a case-by-case basis.

Students begin the ITPD Program once per year in the summer semester. Applications are accepted at any time with a January 15 priority deadline. The DDP Office will continue to accept applications beyond this deadline until all spaces have been filled. If the deadline falls on a weekend or United States holiday, then the deadline will be the next business day. Please contact the DDP Office if there are concerns about meeting the application deadline. Acceptance into the ITPD Program will be honored for one year from the start of the summer semester; otherwise, the applicant will be required to reapply.

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To apply to the ITPD Program, applicants must complete the following:

  • application form
  • personal statement
  • CV/resume
  • transcripts
  • pharmacy license or certificate
  • letters of recommendations/professional sponsorship
  • application fee
  • competency exam
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)

After January 15 or once all spaces have been filled, the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee will review each applicant's admissions pa​cket. Those applicants who will move forward in the admissions process will be contacted to complete an admissions interview.​​​

ITPD Admissions Policy​


 Application Form

Complete the online application​ or contact the DDP Office to obtain a PDF copy of the application form.​​


 Personal Statement

A personal statement describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking a PharmD degree and applying to the ITPD Program, specifically describing their goals and plans for expanding the practice of patient-centered pharmacy care outside the United States. Details regarding specific questions to address and formatting instructions can be found in the professional goals section of the application and on the admissions website.​


 CV / Resume

A current, updated curriculum vitae (CV) or resume describing the applicant's professional pharmacy experience and accomplishments.​ ITPD applicants must possess a minimum of one year of pharmacy practice experience as a licensed pharmacist outside of the United States. Pharmacy practice experience must be clearly outlined on the CV/resume.​​



Official transcripts from the locally-approved or accredited school of pharmacy from which the applicant graduated and from any degree program(s) in which the applicant has been enrolled in since obtaining the pharmacy degree.

Applicants who receive their bachelor's of pharmacy degree from outside the United States or Canada will have their transcripts evaluated through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators​ (ECE). An official copy of the transcript review must be sent from the transcript review agency to the DDP Office.

Applicants must also include official transcripts from any degree program(s) enrolled since obtaining their bachelor's of pharmacy degree. If completed outside the United States or Canada, applicants must follow the transcript evaluation process through WES or ECE.​


 Pharmacy License or Certificate

A notarized or barrister-certified copy of the applicant's current pharmacy license or certification. If the applicant's local area does not require a pharmacy license or certification to practice as a pharmacist, written verification of qualifications to practice as a pharmacist must be provided.

As noted in the Active Pharmacy License policy, the DDP Office requires a license or official documentation of the ability to practice pharmacy in the student's respective country for ITPD students as an admissions requirement for all applicants and for current students to remain enrolled. All applicants and current students are required to inform the DDP Office of any changes in their license status, such as expiration, suspensions, restrictions, and/or the receipt of any letters of admonition. All students should provide proof of updated licensure upon licensure renewal. Failure to successfully maintain your license or notify the DDP Office of any changes to your license will lead to disciplinary sanctions up to and including to dismissal from the program.​​​​


 Photo Identification

​A copy of the applicant's current, valid passport with photo.​


 Letters of Recommendations / Professional Sponsorship

  • Letters of Recommendation: Three recommendations are to be submitted through the online application​. Recommendation forms will be sent electronically to recommenders listed in the online application. Contact the DDP Office with questions about this process.

    Recommendations will be completed by people who know the applicant's professional, academic, and/or personal achievements or qualities well. As such, references must be from professional contacts, such as employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors or professional colleagues. References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted.

NOTE: Recommendation forms will be sent electronically to recommenders listed in the online application. Contact the DDP Office with questions about this process.

  • Professional Sponsorship: Please provide the name of the individual who has agreed to serve as your professional sponsor. A professional sponsor (typically an employer), will attest to their support of your pursuit of the degree program, and your plans for expanding the practice of patient-centered pharmacy care outside the United States. The professional sponsor does not require financial sponsorship. If the professional sponsor is also serving as a reference, then the professional sponsor must submit a letter of recommendation and a professional sponsor form.

NOTE: The Professional Sponsor will complete the ITPD Professional Sponsor Form (PDF). Completed Professional Sponsorship Forms must be emailed to the DDP Offices.​​​​​


 Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $200.00 (US dollars).​


 Competency Exam or FPGEE

Applicants are required to pass a pharmacy foundations competency exam comprised of multiple topics, provided as two separate exams. Applicants will need to pass each exam. The exams will assure baseline knowledge in coursework typically provided in the first and second years of the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program and likely provided in the applicant's BS in Pharmacy coursework.

Individual topics include: biochemistry, cell biology, mechanisms of disease, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmacokinetics, drug design and drug action, immunology, and basic anatomy. The examinations will take place as a requirement prior to admission. Results of the competency exams will be valid for 2 years (or two admission cycles). Applicants will be limited to sitting for the exams twice per admission cycle. After sitting for the competency exams four times, restrictions may be placed on any subsequent registration. Read through the documents below to learn more about the exam.

ITPD Foundation Competency Exam Frequently Asked Questions – Provides more information about the exam, including how to sign up for the exam.

Learning Objectives and Study Guide – The learning objectives and two review guides all applicants should use to prepare for the exam.

Please Note: Applicants who have successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE) in 2003 or after may not need to take the competency exam. Instead, these applicants will submit an official copy of their FPGEE exam results.​


 English Proficiency Testing - TOEFL or IELTS

The ITPD Program requires all applicants be proficient in the English language, as detailed in the program’s technical standards. Applicants will demonstrate English language proficiency by completing an evaluation of English proficiency by taking either the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or academic-based International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

NOTE: Exam scores completed within two years of the application deadline date will be accepted.

TOEFL Score Requirements

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 89 on the internet-based TOEFL exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the test are: listening 20, speaking 22, and writing 21.

IELTS Score Requirements

  • ​​​​​​Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores of each of the individual components of the test are: listening 6.5, speaking 7.0 and writing 6.0.

Exam Score Date — Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the program application deadline date. If the applicant took the exam more than two years ago, then the applicant will need to retake the exam to complete the admissions process. Case-by-case exceptions will be considered.​​​​



The interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, assessment of prior professional pharmacy experience, communication and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in a video teleconferenced admissions interview, which will consist of a verbal evaluation. The interview will occur after a review of the applicant's materials as completed and listed in the English Proficiency Testing sections. The DDP Office will contact the applicant to schedule the interview.​​



The US government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before a formal letter of admission, or the form for obtaining a visa, will be issued. If selected for admission, students will need to submit the Request for Student I-20 for Foreign Applications form. This form is typically available for download from July to December of each year. The DDP Office or the Office of the International Student and Scholar Services will contact and assist students accepted into the ITPD Program in obtaining a student visa.​