The Early Admission Pathway (EAP) to NDSU's Pharm.D. program is an early assurance program designed for academically qualified high school students who want an affordable, expedited path to a Pharm.D. degree. If you are interested in EAP, you would apply during your senior year in high school. Acceptance into the EAP programs means that you are conditionally accepted to the Pharm.D. program. As long as you successfully complete all requirements to maintain your spot, we assure you a seat in the final four years of the PharmD program. Thus if you meet program requirements, it is a six-year path (saves up to 2 years of time in college).
The Early Admissions Pathway (EAP) uses standardized exam scores (and more specifically, your percentile ranking on composite scores relative others who take the same test in your state or nationally) as the primary selection criterion. High school grade point average is utilized as a secondary criterion. The NDSU Pharmacy Admissions Committee prefers the ACT or SAT exam as its standardized test. For students who are unable to take the ACT or SAT exam, the NDSU Pharmacy Admissions Committee may substitute another standardized assessment in lieu of the ACT or SAT. Examples include (but are not limited to) the PSAT exam, the Pre-ACT Exam, the PARCC Assessment, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, or the North Dakota State Assessment, among others.
Please contact the Pharmacy Admissions Committee Chair if you wish to substitute another national assessment for the ACT or SAT. Scores should be taken as a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school. Students may be asked to upload a copy or screenshot of their test results (if a test other than the ACT or SAT exam is used) at the time the EAP application is submitted.
Plan below is a sample plan, you will meet with your adviser to get your official plan of study.
Fall (17 credits)
- BIOL 150/L, General Biology I and Lab*, 4 credits
- CHEM 121, General Chemistry I*, 3 credits
- CHEM 121L, General Chemistry I Lab, 1 credit
- ENGL 120, Composition II1*, 3 credits
- MATH 146, Applied Calculus I*, 4 credits
- CHP 190, Critical Thinking and Academic Success, 2 credits
Spring (17 credits)
- BIOL 151/L General Biology II and Lab*, 4 credits
- CHEM 122, General Chemistry II*, 3 credits
- CHEM 122L, General Chemistry II Lab, 1 credit
- COMM 110, Fundamentals of Public Speaking*, 3 credits
- ECON 201, Microeconomics*, 3 credits
- STAT 330, Introductory Statistics*, 3 credits
- PCAT Exam
- If necessary, Humanities and Fine Arts, 6 credits
1Students who complete English 120 with a "C" or higher will receive credit for English 110 with a passing grade (P).
Fall (17 credits)
- PSCI 300, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, 5 credits
- BIOL 220/L, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab*, 4 credits
- COMM 216, Intercultural Communications*, 3 credits
- MICR 202/L or MICR 350/Lφ*, 3 credits
- Wellness, 2 credits
Spring (18 Credits)
- PSCI 301, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for Pharmacists, 5 credits
- BIOL 221/L, Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab, 4 credits
- PHRM 324, Writing and Professionalization in Pharmacy, 3 credits
- MICR 460, Pathogenic Microbiology, 3 credits
- PHYS 211, College Physics I, 3 credits
φStudents who complete MICR 350/L take an additional two credits of coursework. These students would then complete 19 credits during this semester.
(All courses must be completed with at least a grade of "C".)