Welcome to the Howard University College of Pharmacy Admissions Page! 

At Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP), we are dedicated to nurturing the minds of our students and guiding them toward a future filled with professional success and meaningful contributions to the healthcare community. Our commitment to excellence is not just a promise; it's a practice woven into the fabric of our educational philosophy, where truth and service shine as guiding stars. 

Why Choose Howard University College of Pharmacy? 

  • A Community That Cares: At HUCOP, you are more than just a student; you are a valued member of our "Pharmily." Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to your success, offering a supportive and enriching environment where every student is seen, heard, and supported. 
  • Excellence in Education: Our college's curriculum balances the rigors of academia with practical, real-world experiences, preparing you not just for the present but for the ever-evolving future of pharmacy. Our emphasis on excellence in teaching, learning, research, and leadership ensures you receive an education that is as comprehensive as it is cutting-edge. 
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We are proud of our legacy and commitment to attracting and nurturing the talents of African American students and other underrepresented groups in pharmacy. Our diverse community is a testament to our belief that excellence thrives in an environment where varied perspectives and experiences are embraced and celebrated. 
  • Global Perspective: At HUCOP, our vision extends beyond local borders. We prepare pharmacists who excel globally, equipped with the knowledge and skills to lead, serve, and innovate internationally. Our global outlook is integrated into every aspect of our education, from our curriculum to our research initiatives. 
  • Commitment to Service: Our mission is rooted in a profound commitment to community service and superior pharmacy practice. We empower our students to become leaders who excel in their careers and contribute meaningfully to society, making a positive impact locally and globally.

Embark on a journey where your passion for pharmacy will be nurtured, your potential will be unleashed, and your future will be bright. Join us at Howard University College of Pharmacy, where your dreams of making a difference in the world of healthcare begin. 

Welcome to Howard University College of Pharmacy!

Marlon Prince

Programs Overview

GPA Requirement

The minimum GPA for admission is 2.50. This GPA calculated based on the pre-requisite coursework requirements listed below. 

Pre-Requisites Requirements 

To be eligible for admission consideration into the entry-level PharmD degree program, an applicant must present evidence of successful completion of the required Pre-Pharmacy program at the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences or at any other college or university whose program is accredited by a United States regional accreditation agency. 

The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended and must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in Sciences, Mathematics, English and Speech and an overall GPA of 2.5 in all pre-pharmacy courses. Applications will be available ONLY through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) website at 

Technical Standard Requirements 

Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University are expected to successfully fulfill the College of Pharmacy approved technical standards below, to ensure an ability to attain competence in core Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education Accreditation Standards and Guidelines Curriculum standards (

Analysis and Synthesis Skills: As appropriate for each stage of their education, students must have the ability to identify, analyze, synthesize, and apply relevant information in independent professional and health care team contexts that are increasingly realistic and culminate the practice settings. 

Communication Skills: As appropriate for each stage of their education, students must have the ability to communicate fluently in oral and written English, be cognizant of nonverbal communications, and to have the ability to work in student groups and health care teams. 

Observation Skills: Students must have the ability to independently observe and evaluate materials and processes demonstrated through a variety of activities such as demonstrations, experiments, physical assessments, and professional and clinical practice, in classrooms, laboratories, and patient care areas. 

Professional Conduct Skills: Students must have the ability to demonstrate responsible professional and ethical behavior and demonstrate compassion, integrity, and respect for their patients and colleagues, and for the privacy of health care information. 

Clinical Background Check Requirement 

All students are required to have a criminal background check (CBC) report on file in the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs and Office of Experiential Education. The criminal background check is performed by Certiphi Screening, Inc. and triggered once a student has been extended an offer of admission by any school/college of pharmacy. Please note the following: 

The Criminal Background Check is MANDATORY 

  • Information from the CBC must be on file with the Office of Student Affairs and Experiential Education, in the College of Pharmacy before the student secures a seat in the class. 
  • Additional background checks must be required of external institution partnerships prior to participation in experiential activities. Financial and other responsibilities for these CBCs are the sole responsibility of the student. 
  • Information on obtaining the initial CBC is emailed to each student who has been extended an offer of admission with the College of Pharmacy in an email titled, "AACP Notification Email 2024". 

Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements 

Compliance with the Health Professions Immunization Requirements and Medical History is mandatory, and your medical clearance is a pre-requisite for registration. Therefore, all new Doctor of Pharmacy students must complete the Medical History, Immunization History Record, and Physical Examination Form (which also includes the 2-Step PPD and Tuberculosis Screening) for Health Professions Students, prior to arriving on campus. These documents are available for your review and use through the Student Health Center website at