Prospective pharmacy students may attend Carlow University for two (or three) years and then receive preferential consideration for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy.

NOTE: Admission into the Professional Phase of the Duquesne Pharm.D program is on a competitive basis.

Students have two options:


Professional Doctorate Pathway

Pharm. D. only, no bachelor's degree awarded. 6 years.

The Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program at Carlow University allows academically qualified students to attend Carlow University for two years of pre-pharmacy coursework before transferring to the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy for the “professional phase” of their studies. 

Advantages:  

  • Shortest of the two pathways; 
  • Students remain eligible for $16,000 institutional scholarship each year at Duquesne

Consideration: 

  • Students do not receive a Carlow degree


Bachelor's Degree Pathway

BS in Biology / Pharm.D. 7 years.

In this option students attend Carlow for three years before transferring to the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy. After completing their first year at Duquesne, students will be awarded a B.S. degree in Biology by Carlow University. 

Advantages:

  • Students receive a Carlow BS in Biology degree along the way
  • Students walk in commencement with Carlow peers

Consideration:

  • After conferral of BS degree, students lose eligibility for $16,000 Duquesne institutional scholarship. 


Requirements for Admission into the Carlow University Phase

Candidates for admission into the Carlow University Phase are required to: 

  • Have earned a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00, or higher, on a 4.00 scale
  • Demonstrate evidence of leadership potential, community service, and involvement in cocurricular activities
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from either a highschool teacher or guidance counselor
  • An SAT total score of 1050 or higher (testing date prior to or in the month of February 2016)
  • An SAT total score of 1130 of higher (testing date prior to or in the month of March 2016)
  • A total score of 24, or higher, on the Math and Critical Reading sections of the ACT

Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy Requirements 

Candidates for admission to the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy are required to: 
  • Have completed the two-year undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at Carlow University, including core curriculum requirements
  • Have earned a minimum grade of “C” in all Carlow University undergraduate courses
  • Have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 or better in all Carlow University undergraduate courses
  • Participate in an interview process with faculty members of the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the Carlow University Pre-Pharmacy Selection Committee
  • Provide evidence of leadership potential and commitment to the pharmacy profession 
Preference will be granted to candidates who: 
  • Achieve a composite PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) score of 375 or better
  • Achieve a GPA of 3.00 or higher for all science and math courses taken at Carlow University and/or achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher in the Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program. 

Admission Process for Professional Phase at Duquesne University

Students should apply to Duquesne University by January 15th of their sophomore year at Carlow University. All applicants will be placed into a pool of Carlow University applicants from which students will be chosen. Once offered acceptance, students will have two weeks to send their enrollment deposit to Duquesne University in order to reserve their space in the program. If that deadline passes without a deposit being received by Duquesne University, the prospective student’s space will be given to another student, and they will be placed at the bottom of the applicant wait list. 


Financial Aid Process for Professional Phase at Duquesne University

Applicants accepted under this Program are eligible to be considered for University academic scholarships and need-based financial aid funds. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 412-396-6607 or visit on-line at http://duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/financial-aid for additional information on the application process.