Wilkes University

Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program

Your white coat awaits. Get on the fast track to a rewarding career as a pharmacist and earn your bachelor's degree and PharmD in just six years with the Wilkes Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credits
Pre-professional On Campus 62 (Pre-Pharmacy), 139-143 (PharmD)

Why the Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program at Wilkes?

Earn your pharmacy degree in just six years! In Wilkes University's prestigious Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed-Seat Program, you'll study two years in pre-pharmacy to prepare for our Nesbitt School of Pharmacy's four-year PharmD curriculum. A pharmacy faculty member will serve as an advisor during that time. This connection to our professional program will help you form mentoring relationships that will carry through the six-year program.

Curriculum   Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a Pre-Pharmacy Student?

  • You will build crucial foundational knowledge in areas including science (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics), math (calculus and statistics), economics and communication.
  • You will learn how to provide high-quality health care and make meaningful contributions to the science and practice of pharmacy.
  • You can choose from a concentration in Spanish or public health. You can pursue any minor that interests you

Program Highlights

Close-Knit Community

Upon successful completion of the pre-pharmacy program, you’ll join our “pharmily” of students passionate about providing patient care and involved in all aspects of campus life.

Six-Year Scholarships

To help ease the financial burden of your pharmacy education, Wilkes offers merit scholarships beyond the first four years of study.

Dual-Degree PharmD/MBA

The PharmD/MBA dual degree option gives you the expertise to work in a management-level position in a variety of health care settings.

Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program

Select Students Earn a Job Upon Graduation and $20,000 for Pharmacy Education

Save on the cost of your pharmacy education and get a head start on a Geisinger career with the Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program.

Geisinger Pharmacy Scholars Program

My favorite aspect of Wilkes University is the supportive faculty and family-like learning environment. 

Alex Ponce '19 - PharmD

I feel more than prepared to work each day as a pharmacist and leader with the U.S. Air Force because of the values instilled within by the faculty and staff at Wilkes.

Cody Morcom '20 - PharmD

Wilkes provided me with so many opportunities to turn me into a well-rounded pharmacist and person. 

Lauren Hertzog '20 - PharmD

first-time NAPLEX (licensure) pass rate, consistently exceeding the national average

Up to 80

freshman accepted each year into the Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program


MPJE pass rate for Wilkes PharmD grads taking the Pennsylvania exam

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Careers & Outcomes

Pharmacists are community leaders entrusted with the health of our families. PharmD graduates work in pharmacies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, start-ups, pharmacy benefit management companies, government agencies, research centers and care facilities. Below are typical job titles for graduates of our PharmD program.

Job Titles

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
  • Chemotherapy Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacy Owner
  • Pediatric Pharmacist
  • Poison Control Expert
  • Industry Pharmacist


  • CVS
  • Geisinger Health System
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Sanofi
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Walgreens
  • Weis Markets

Post-Graduate Residencies

  • WellSpan
  • VA Medical Center
  • Geisinger Health System
  • VCU Health System
  • Temple U

Admission Requirements

Applications to the Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program are limited to current high school students who will graduate this coming spring/summer or high school graduates who did not enroll in college after graduation. To apply, you must first be accepted to Wilkes University. Indicate on the application that you are interested in pharmacy and this will give you access to the Pre-Pharmacy application.

More Details About Admission Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You first must apply and be accepted to Wilkes University. If you indicate on the application you are interested in pharmacy, you will have access to the Pre-Pharmacy application.

The PPGS contract states that the program must be completed within 2 years. Only under extenuating circumstances and through a formal petition can this requirement be changed.

The PPGS only accepts students from high school who have never attended another college or university full-time. This does not prevent the PPGS student from taking college-level courses while in high school through a dual enrollment program or during the summer prior to beginning the PPGS program. Students who do not meet the requirements can attend Wilkes as a pre-pharmacy parallel student. Non-Wilkes students may apply directly to the professional program if transferring from another institution. A student is not required to have a degree to apply to the professional program.

We accept ~80 PPGS freshman students each year.

No, we no longer require a recommendation letter from a pharmacist. You may solicit a pharmacist’s recommendation if you choose. Your invitation to interview will state you must research the profession of pharmacy on your own. You will be asked to reflect on the profession and what internal motivations will help you succeed. It is in your best interest to do some “homework.”

Please submit no more than three letters.

The interview will cover your knowledge of pharmacy as a career, leadership experience, your past and present involvement in extracurricular and/or community service activities and your assessment of the strengths and weaknesses you would bring to a career providing patient care.

Please consult our tuition and costs listing. Specific questions may be directed to the Student Service Center at 570-408-2000.

Pre-Pharmacy students should be particularly aware of the following situations and contact the Financial Aid Office for more specific information.

  • Entering freshmen are considered “undergraduate” and eligible to receive full financial aid packages during their pre-pharmacy years and through the second year of the professional program.
  • After the second professional year, students are considered “graduate” level. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
The Admissions Committee of the School of Pharmacy will notify you approximately two weeks after your interview.

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