Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) at UW-Madison
We're excited about your interest in Pharmacy (intention to pursue Doctor of Pharmacy) at UW-Madison! The PharmD program at UW-Madison is ranked in the top 10 nationally and prepares students to become pharmacists who are leaders in their field. Every day, our 8,000+ proud School of Pharmacy alumni are shaping the pharmacy profession, innovating the healthcare industry, and influencing public policy -- all while improving human health globally. How exciting to think that you could join the Pharmacy Badger community!

Preparing You for Success
Here's just a few key reasons why the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy is a great choice for an amazing future:
  • Top 10 national ranking
  • 97% licensure exam (NAPLEX) pass rate
  • 94% job placement within 6 months of graduation
  • $100,000+ average starting salary within 90 days of graduation
  • #5 in the U.S. for most residency matches
  • Innovative, patient-centric curriculum, including clinical rotations as early as Year 1
  • Located on a leading health sciences campus, only one among five in the nation with pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine together for superior interprofessional learning
  • Centered in a medical hub, including UW Hospital, ranked #1 in Wisconsin, and two other major hospitals within walking distance, and several others in the area
Dedicated, Expert Advising
We are fully invested in the success of our students. That's why we at the School of Pharmacy offer dedicated advising services for any UW-Madison student interested in the PharmD program as well as our Pharmacology and Toxicology (PharmTox) undergraduate major. Additional resources for pre-pharmacy students include pharmacy focused Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) sessions and access to pharmacy first-year interest groups (FIGs). From your first day on campus as an undergraduate, you can come to us for expert advice on everything from coursework and prerequisites, to navigating the application process, to post-graduate career options.

The Fast Track Option
You could start your future in pharmacy 1-2 years earlier than you may have thought! Because the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy does not require a bachelor's degree for admission, students have the option of applying for admission if all prerequisite coursework is completed at an accredited institution. This typically takes 2-3 years, meaning you could bypass the time and save the expense of 1-2 years of undergraduate study. Roughly half of our PharmD students choose the fast track option, while the rest choose to complete their undergraduate degree. We always encourage students to apply when they feel they are in the best position to excel.

Go Wisconsin for Undergrad
While there is no preference for UW-Madison students in PharmD admissions, there is a special benefit. Exclusively for UW-Madison students who fast track, you could earn both a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in as little as six years. You would complete your prerequisites as a Letters & Science or CALS student in any major you want and then apply to the PharmD program. Once admitted to the PharmD program, you would receive your bachelor's degree after you complete your second year of pharmacy school and earn your Doctor of Pharmacy degree when you complete the program after four years.


This is a lot of information, and we're here to help. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the PharmD program at UW-Madison.

All the best,

Amy Zwaska
Pre-PharmD (pre-pharmacy) Advising


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