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FAQs - Pharmacy



General Information
  • OD – Doctor of Optometry
  • MS – Master of Science in Vision Science
  • MMS – Master of Medical Science (PA program)
  • PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacy

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Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, located at 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-3499; (phone) 312.664.3575; (fax) 866.228.2631; visit the ACPE website.

Campus tours are arranged by appointment only. For a hosted visit, please email the Admissions office.  

All prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

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How Can I Connect With You?

Feel free to email us with questions about MBKU’s prerequisites, the admissions process, or any admissions-related question.  

If you would like a one-to-one counseling session, we’re happy to schedule phone calls to discuss your questions. Please email us with your questions, date and time of your availability and phone number. We will make an appointment for a counseling session by phone.

Please email our office to schedule an appointment.

About Applying and Interviewing

Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle will be accepted via PharmCAS from July 2021 to June 2022

It is not required but recommended.


The admissions process is holistic and does not have a minimum GPA.  However, competitive applicants will have approximately a 3.0 or better.  

The PCAT is not required. Students who choose to take the PCAT and score well can benefit from their efforts. Applicants that choose not to get a Bachelor’s Degree are required to take the PCAT.

MBKU prefers one letter be written by a pharmacist and one from a science faculty. Other recommendations should be from an immediate supervisor, a healthcare provider (not your own) and a professor.

Advanced Placement credit will be accepted for one non-science prerequisite course. However, PharmCAS does not include these course proficiencies in their GPA calculations.

Yes, as long as the school is regionally accredited.

Yes, as long as the school is properly accredited.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MBKU at this time has both On-Campus and Video Interviews.  Please contact admissions ( to arrange an interview. 

Yes, MBKU uses rolling admissions, which means we process and consider applications as they are received. Slots are limited, so applying sooner is better.

Interviews will be held throughout the application cycle.

FAQ for Accepted Students

MBKU has full-time library staff members who are available to assist you. For more information regarding hours of operation and resources, visit the library’s website.

Yes. MBKU’s fitness center and locker rooms are located next to the parking structure, and access is included in tuition. 
The facility features cardio equipment, free weights, weights machines and flat screen TVs. The men’s and women’s locker rooms have lockers, restrooms and showers. If you prefer to exercise outdoors, there are many hiking and biking trailheads near campus, and a recreational park very close to the campus.

The current NAPLEX pass rate for MBKU College of Pharmacy is 63.64%.

MBKU has contracted with PassNaplexNow to help students prepare for the NAPLEX.  The PassNaplexNow program will be disseminated through a course in the third year of the curriculum.

Area Around the Campus

More than half of our students live within one mile of campus in the many apartments, condominiums and homes surrounding the campus. MBKU has a housing list that we will email upon request to give you a better idea of Southern California’s cost of living.  

While reliable, consistent transportation will be required during the clinical year, MBKU is located in an affordable, safe, residential area where pedestrian traffic is common. 

Within a mile of campus there are a few grocery stores, pharmacies, cafes and restaurants, and a few department stores. Everything you need is within walking distance, but to get to the beach, mountains, Los Angeles, etc. you will need a car or take public transportation (bus, train).