Frequently Asked Questions

What is the accreditation status of LU College of Pharmacy?

Larkin University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South Lasalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.


How do I apply?

We accept admissions applications through PharmCAS. You can apply by going to the PharmCAS website ( and creating an application account and selecting Larkin University in the application.


What is the application deadline?

June 1st, 2021.


How many students are accepted each year?

Approximately 60 -70 students each year.


Is the PCAT required?

PCAT recommended but not required


When should I start the application process?

As soon as possible. Applications may be submitted prior to completion of the prerequisites, but you should plan to complete all pre-requisites by June before the start of the program in order to provide final grades to the Admissions Department prior to beginning classes.


Is there a required Enrollment deposit?

Yes, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required.


How much is tuition?

Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year can be seen on the Financial Services webpage.


Is Federal Student Aid available?

At this time the Doctor of Pharmacy program does not qualify for the Federal Student Aid programs. LU offers Private Student Loans through various lenders. Private Student Loans are applied for on an annual basis, at the beginning of the academic year. Private Student Loans are based on the creditworthiness of the borrower. You can increase your chances of getting approved and receiving a lower interest rate by applying with a credit-worthy co-borrower. Repayment begins after graduation or after a student falls below less than half-time or student’s last date of attendance, whichever comes first. Private Student Loan interest rates differ for all lenders, depending on the borrower’s credit history.

We have compiled a list of scholarship resources that are offered outside of LU. You can find a full list of scholarships on our website. Please browse each link to determine eligibility requirements and application deadlines. You may also conduct additional scholarship search on your own. For additional questions, you may contact the Office of Financial Services at


Is a supplemental application required?

A supplemental application is not required; however, students must complete the supplemental questions asked of them in their PharmCAS application.


What are the minimum requirements to be selected for an interview?

The Admissions Committee has a holistic review process which takes into account a student’s entire application including the personal statement and letters of recommendation. Applicants are considered competitive with a verified PharmCAS application, a preferred PCAT composite score in the 50th percentile and a preferred overall GPA of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale.


Do you accept international students?

The LU College of Pharmacy only considers applicants that are US citizens, Permanent Residents or DACA status holders and those who do not requires visa sponsorship.


Do you require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

If English is not your native language, you are strongly encouraged to take the internet-based TOEFL.


Should I enter the courses I plan to take next semester in my PharmCAS application?

Yes, you should enter the coursework you plan to take in your PharmCAS application so that the Admissions Committee can consider your plan for completion of all prerequisites. Please ensure all prerequisite coursework is completed by June prior to the start of the program.


How is the three-year block curriculum different than a more traditional Pharm. D. program?

The College of Pharmacy’s curriculum has been created to enhance active learning and retention of information by focusing most of the courses into two-week blocks within a 16-week semester.  There are also longitudinal courses that serve to reinforce your educational experience throughout the curriculum.  The COP’s three-year program has a similar number of credit hours (141) as a traditional four-year program but it is accelerated and continues year-round. The full curriculum can be found here.


Can I work full-time while completing the Pharm.D. program?

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, as well as the intensity of the doctoral level coursework, it is not recommended that students work full time while enrolled. If students choose to work, it is recommended not to exceed more than 10 hours per week.


Can prerequisite courses be counted if they were taken at foreign Institutions?

Larkin University College of Pharmacy may consider coursework taken at Foreign Institutions that have been evaluated for U.S Institution equivalency by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. and/or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.


Do you accept CLEP credits as part of the admission requirements?

Yes, we will accept CLEP credits that appear on the applicant’s official College and University transcripts.