The majority of prerequisites should be completed before an admissions decision can be made. All prerequisites must be completed before you enter the program. You may also earn credits through standardized tests, including CLEP.

A Prerequisite Course Worksheet and Transfer Equivalency Guide are available below for your reference.

GPA: 3.0 is considered competitive, 2.70 minimum to be considered (overall, math and science)

Course Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Anatomy and Physiology I w/ lab* 4 6
Anatomy and Physiology II w/ lab* 4 6
General Biology I w/ lab 4 6
General Biology II w/ lab 4 6
General Chemistry I w/ lab 4 6
General Chemistry II w/ lab 4 6
Physics I w/ lab 4 6
Organic Chemistry I w/ lab 4 6
Organic Chemistry II w/ lab 4 6
Calculus 3 5
Microbiology w/ lab 4 6
English Composition 3 5
Social Sciences ** 9 15
Humanities *** 9 15
Required Course Selection**** 6 9
Candidate's Choice 2 3
Total credits 72 112

*8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.
** Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Geography, History.
*** Languages, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Arts. 
**** Select two courses from the following list. Science course selection from this list does not require a lab: Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Physics II (Alegebra or Calculus), Critical Thinking, Economics (any type), Ethics, Public Speaking, or Statistics. 



Individuals participating in the College of Pharmacy's PharmD program are required to have essential skills to perform successfully as a student. These requirements apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students must be able to perform certain skills and functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

Please review our standards (PDF) before beginning the application process.

If you have any questions about Performance Requirements/Technical Standards, please contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management, 1-877-JEFF-247 or (215) 503-8890.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson Colleges will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing -21, Speaking -23, Reading -21 and Listening -22. Scores should be sent to PharmCAS using code 8246.
  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: see country list (PDF).

* Only the TOEFL exam is accepted; the IELTS exam will not fulfill this requirement. Please note that TOEFL scores expire two years after the original test date. They must be valid on the date of your application. For more information regarding the TOEFL exam, please contact:

The College Board
P.O. Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 862-6601

Criminal Background Check

All students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check clearance may deny a student's participation. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Jefferson, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.