Admissions Requirements

Citizenship Requirement

Individuals who have met all application requirements and permanently reside in the United States at the time of application, inclusive of DACA recipients, are permitted to apply and matriculate at Touro University California.  Currently, TUC does not accept international students.  

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is limited to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents. Candidates applying without US Citizenship or Permanent Residency are strongly encouraged to explore financing options before proceeding with the application process.  Additional information may be viewed by visiting the Eligibility Requirements section of the Financial Aid website

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Touro University California College of Pharmacy screens for interview eligibility based off of the primary (PharmCAS) application and letters of recommendation.  Minimum Science and Cumulative GPA's of 2.75 are required.  In cases where either the cumulative or science GPA's fall below 2.75, the Admissions Committee may conduct a secondary review focusing on the most recent 30 units comprised of Chemistry, Biology, and other Physical Sciences coursework.

A Bachelor's degree is not required.  Including the course requirements listed below, candidates must complete a minimum of 72 semester units or 108 quarter units of degree applicable coursework. 

The PCAT is not required. 

Throughout the application process, candidates are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria, including the following:

  • Academic Competence
  • Personal/Professional Achievements
  • Demonstrated Leadership Skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Exposure to/Experience in Pharmacy

Minimum Course Requirements 

Human Anatomy is no longer required.  The Human Physiology requirement has been reduced to 3 semester units or 5 quarter units.  A Human Physiology lab is no longer required.

Candidates for admission to the College of Pharmacy are required to complete the following coursework with a grade of "C" or better:

  • Chemistry Option 1 (Must satisfy Option 1 or Option 2)                                          
    • General Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
    • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab (may substitute 4 semester units of Biochemistry for 4 semester units of Organic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry Option 2 (Must satisfy Option 1 or Option 2)                                          
    • General Chemistry - 4 semester units or 6 quarter units, with lab
    • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
    • Biochemistry - 4 semester units or 6 quarter units, with lab
  • Human Physiology - 3 semester units or 5 quarter units, lab not required
  • Microbiology - 4 semester units or 5 quarter units with lab
  • Calculus - 3 semester units or 5 quarter units

All required coursework must be completed prior to the start of classes. Candidates missing required coursework at the time of application may be permitted to proceed provisionally in the application process, provided they meet all other requirements. Candidates are informed of this provisional status via email sent with the invitation to interview.

Letters of Recommendation

Only one letter of recommendation is required.  This letter may be from any source, excluding family members.  To the best of their knowledge, letter writers should address those personal traits and accomplishments which demonstrate your ability to succeed in professional school.

If you do not submit the required letter of recommendation with your PharmCAS application or you wish to submit additional letters of recommendation, letters may be submitted via one of the methods provided below. Please note, however, that submitting letters outside of the PharmCAS application will delay your ability to interview for our program.  Please make certain that your letter writer includes your full name and your PharmCAS ID. 

  • Letters may be emailed directly from the letter writer to Ms. Jacqueline Harte at This is the preferred method of submitting letters of recommendation after initial submission of your PharmCAS application.
  • Letters may be mailed, via US Mail, to Touro University California, Attn: Pharmacy Admissions, 1310 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. Letters must be mailed directly from the letter writer.
  • Letters may be submitted via PharmCAS after your application has been verified, but you must provide us with the name of your letter writer and the date when the letter was submitted. If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to download your letter.  

Be sure to submit all application materials prior to their respective deadlines!  Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.

Additional Requirement for Graduate of Foreign Institutions

The Touro University - California College of Pharmacy considers applications from graduates of foreign institutions.  The College does not, however, evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcripts and coursework from foreign institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).  Evaluations must be sent directly to PharmCAS and must indicate that the foreign degree should be considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Touro University - California accepts advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. General Chemistry - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Chem 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.