At the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, we don’t require a bachelor’s degree for admission.  You can complete the required prerequisite courses at any accredited institution in the United States, but if you’re certain you want to earn a PharmD, you can accelerate your education with our pre-pharmacy course of study. 

The pre-pharmacy course of study can be completed in as little as two years, while other students may choose to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the best path to complete the pre-pharmacy course of study.   Pre-pharmacy is not a major, so you don’t earn a degree when you complete your prerequisites.  But if you complete all of your prerequisite pre-pharmacy courses at Wingate, you can apply straight into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.  You can earn your PharmD in as few as six years total (two years of pre-pharmacy courses and four years of doctorate work).  


Are you ready to start your path to pharmacy school?  Apply through our undergraduate admissions and declare “Pre-Pharmacy” as your intended course of study.  For more questions about the undergraduate admissions process, contact Kayla Cherry at

Pre-Pharmacy Application


Students come to Wingate University School of Pharmacy from various educational and professional backgrounds to receive a student-centered education with consistent superior program outcomes. If you believe that our Doctor of Pharmacy Program is the right fit for you, we invite you to consider the next steps of the admissions process. Admissions to Wingate University School of Pharmacy is competitive. Applicants are required to apply through PharmCAS for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program in Wingate and Hendersonville.

PharmCAS Application Important Dates for the 2018-2019 Cycle

  • December 14th, 2018 - February 15th, 2019: Fall Academic Update
  • June 3rd, 2019: Application deadline

Complete the PharmCAS Application and send the following directly to PharmCAS:

  • Official transcripts from all college coursework including dual enrollment courses taken in high school
  • Official PCAT scores (PharmCAS Code 104)*
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
*PCAT is optional
The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is optional for applicants with at least a 3.0 prerequisite GPA or higher.  If your prerequisite GPA falls below a 3.0, we recommend that you take the PCAT. 

Admissions Requirements

Complete the Prerequisite Courses

A degree is not required for admission, but we do require that you complete the specific prerequisite courses from an accredited institution in the United States. Community college coursework is accepted. We recommend a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or higher to be considered for an interview. If you retake any courses, we will use your highest grade for the GPA calculation. Free transcript reviews are available for each campus. Wingate campus: Eva Baucom at Hendersonville campus: Barbara Burke at

General Chemistry (with lab, for science majors) 2 semesters 8 credit hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab, for science majors) 2 semesters 8 credit hours
Biology (with lab, for science majors) 1 semester 4 credit hours
Anatomy & Physiology (1 course covering the entire body or a 2-course progression) 1-2 semesters 3-8 credit hours
General Microbiology (with lab) 1 semester 4 credit hours
Physics (with lab) 1 semester 4 credit hours
Calculus 1 semester 3-4 credit hours
Statistics 1 semester 3 credit hours
Public Speaking / Interpersonal Communication 1 semester 3 credit hours
English Composition and Literature 2 semesters 6 credit hours
Economics 1 semester 3 credit hours
Humanities / Social Sciences*   9 credit hours
Other   3 credit hours
Total Minimum Semester Credit Hours   61-67 credit hours
* Highly desirable but not mandatory: Psychology, Sociology, Foreign Language, Philosophy etc.

These courses are required for all applicants, including those who were pre-pharmacy as an undergraduate. You can take these courses at Wingate University or another accredited college, university or community college. More information is listed under Course Equivalents.

We have put together a helpful list of course equivalents, including course title and number, from nearby colleges and universities that satisfy our course requirements. You must complete all of the required courses by the end of the spring semester of the fall you begin pharmacy classes at Wingate University.

We ask that you keep in mind:

  • Online communications and science courses are not accepted.
  • Science courses taken more than five years before you begin pharmacy school may not be accepted.
  • Grades for your in-progress courses are not considered when we determine your pre-pharmacy GPA.

One More Vital Course

Do you hold Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR/AED certification? If not, you must complete the American Heart Association’s BLS Training for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR/AED Training. Why? Your experiential learning begins in your first year as a Wingate University student pharmacist. During this time, you may encounter a situation when you need lifesaving skills. We want you to be prepared.

Please call or email Ms. Jean Tarlton if you have questions about our pharmacy school admission requirements.

Course Equivalents

For a full list, click here.

PCAT Optional

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is optional for applicants with at least a 3.0 prerequisite GPA or higher.  If your prerequisite GPA falls below a 3.0, we recommend that you take the PCAT.  

Complete the PharmCAS Application

PharmCAS Application

We use PharmCAS to collect the following information:

  • Official transcripts from all college coursework
  • Official PCAT scores, if applicable (PharmCAS Code 104)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Honors, certifications, and experiences

Seat Deposit

Professional Technical Standards

Wingate University School of Pharmacy recognizes society’s need for contributions to the profession by persons with diverse interests and skills. The school commits to train individuals and offers reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis to meet this goal. Prospective candidates should carefully consider the demanding nature of pharmacist training. The technical standards described here are essential for successful completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Please call or email us if you have questions about these expectations.


  • Observe and interpret scientific and clinical instruments; e.g. manipulate laboratory equipment to view, read and manually record data
  • Observe a patient accurately close by and from a distance; e.g. evaluate visible signs and symptoms of illness during a patient encounter
  • Use information on computerized display systems to inform decision-making


  • Correctly read, comprehend and use the English language to communicate effectively and sensitively in verbal and written formats (via the computer and legible handwriting) to illustrate calculations and patient-care problems or document information in a health record
  • Receive and correctly interpret both verbal and non-verbal (e.g. body language) instructions and cues

Motor Skills

  • Use motor function necessary for patient care; e.g. administer immunizations, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use compound sterile (e.g. intravenous solutions) and non-sterile (e.g. packing capsules) preparations, use a stethoscope to evaluate breath and cardiac sounds and blood pressure, use sense of touch to evaluate a patient’s clinical condition (assess pulse, temperature, edema)
  • Accurately use laboratory equipment; e.g. operate laboratory instruments requiring visual coordination with 2-handed manipulations, apply forceps to move small objects and be able to easily turn small knobs or screws
  • Transport yourself to and around/within off-campus clinical training sites


  • Analyze, synthesize and apply complex information; e.g. integrate multiple data elements from a variety of sources to accurately complete and defend calculations, make clinical decisions and formulate treatment plans
  • Integrate and process information promptly and accurately

Behavioral and Social

  • Possess adequate emotional health to support intellectual abilities
  • Manage taxing workloads when faced with physical, emotional or mental stress
  • Work collaboratively with others with dissimilar viewpoints or values
  • Use self-awareness to monitor and modify behavior in groups
  • Conform to the standards of dress and conduct
Adapted from Berry, TM et al. Professional Technical Standards in Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. AJPE 2011; 75(3). Article 50


Tuition to attend the Wingate University School of Pharmacy is the same for in- and out-of-state students. It is also the same whether you choose to study on the Wingate or Hendersonville campus.

The 2019-2020 tuition per year is $33,566.

Assistance is Available

We work hard to keep the cost of attending the School of Pharmacy affordable for you. Most of our students use electronic textbooks, which may offer a savings. Even so, if you need tuition assistance, you should investigate to see if you are eligible for graduate school loans and scholarships.

Please call or email the Office of Student Financial Planning if you have questions about tuition, scholarships or loans.