FAQ

Wilkes University School of Pharmacy requires NO application fee.

No. Students who are accepted into the School of Pharmacy are automatically accepted into the University.

At present the curriculum is designed only for full-time students.

Students wishing to transfer from another school of pharmacy must present an official transcript showing that the Wilkes University School of Pharmacy pre-requisites have been completed. As class size is limited, transfer is also dependent upon space being available.

Graduates of foreign schools of pharmacy who wish to pursue a Pharm.D. at Wilkes must make formal application and provide evidence that they meet all of the pre-professional course requirements by having their foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services. Scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) also must be provided.
All prerequisite courses should be completed by the end of Spring semester before fall entry into the professional program with a grade of 2.0 or better.
  • Two semesters (8 credits) of General Chemistry with labs
  • 4 credits of CHM-235 Essentials of Organic Chemistry, and CHM-237 Essentials of Organic Chemistry lab, at Wilkes University OR Two semesters (8 credits) of Organic Chemistry I/II with Organic Chemistry I/II labs 
  • Two semesters (8 credits) of General Biology with labs
  • One semester (4 credits) of General Physics with lab
  • One semester (4 credits) of Calculus
  • One semester (3 credits) of Statistics
  • One semester (3 credits) of Microeconomics
  • One semester (3 credits) of Oral Communications
  • If you do not hold a minimum of bachelor’s degree from another institution, you are required to also complete the Wilkes University General Education requirements
We will accept the higher score for calculating the pre-requisite GPA.
The entering class size each year is 62.
The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy reserves 50% of open seats for non-Wilkes students applying to the professional program.
Please submit no more than three letters.

No, candidates who do not work in a pharmacy must independently research the pharmacy profession.

The University Admissions Office, assisted by academic departments, does the review of your transcripts for their equivalence to Wilkes University courses. If you have any questions contact: Ms. Karen Atiyeh, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18766; telephone: 570-408-4298.
Admission procedures emphasize academic ability, leadership, work experience and breadth of life experiences. The Committee evaluates applicants’ potential to succeed in and profit from the pharmacy program and to develop as a leader. In addition, the Committee seeks to create a body of students who will bring unique contributions from their diverse backgrounds and who will actively participate in the School of Pharmacy program and life.
Please consult our tuition and costs page. Specific questions may be directed to the Student Service Center at 570-408-2000.

Pharmacy students should be particularly aware of the following situations and contact the Financial Aid Office for more specific information.

  • A pharmacy student who has not already completed a baccalaureate degree is considered an undergraduate student for the first two years (P-1 and P-2) of the professional program, and a graduate student for the professional program.
  • Entering freshmen are eligible to receive full financial aid package during their pre-pharmacy years and through the second year of the professional program.
  • Students transferring into the professional program with a previous academic degree (seeking a second degree) are only eligible for the federally funded Stafford Loan or the PLUS Loan.
  • The third and fourth year of the professional program (fifth or sixth cumulative year) is considered professional/graduate level for financial aid purposes. These students are only eligible for subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Those students will not qualify for any federal, state or institutional grants or scholarships. However, these students may qualify for scholarships granted by individuals or corporations for students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy. Starting in the Fall of 2024, 3rd- and 4th-year pharmacy students will maintain 30% of merit scholarships.
The Admissions Committee of the School of Pharmacy will notify you approximately 2 weeks after your interview. The process is usually completed by mid-May. However, for various reasons some seats become available after this time and offers may be made at a later date.
Application files are maintained for two years. Applicants reapplying within two years of a prior application do not need to resubmit an entire application but must submit updated transcripts and a request in writing to have their application re-activated.