Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Credits

Preprofessional courses (pre-professional courses) must be successfully completed prior to entry into the professional program. The assistant dean of students and School registrar must approve any exceptions to this policy.

Transfer of 62 pre-requisite credits (pre-professional course requirements): After acceptance into the PharmD Program, a student’s records and credits must be transferred to the School of Pharmacy. These pre-professional courses are included in the credit requirements for graduation from the PharmD Program. These credits may be transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus, from a University of Pittsburgh regional campus or from an external institution to the School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy’s Registrar completes the credit transfers and validates that students have completed the required courses prior to beginning the first professional year. All pre-requisite courses must be taken for a letter grade and credits in which the students received a grade of “C” or better in college-level coursework that corresponds to a course in our curriculum in content and credit value are transferable from institutions other than the University of Pittsburgh. If the students attended school on a quarter system, their credits will be converted into semester credits. A quarter credit is equal to two-thirds of a semester credit (i.e., 5 quarter system credits = three semester credits or 3 quarter system credits = two semester credits).

Advanced Placement (AP/IB) Courses and Credit: The School of Pharmacy also accepts Advanced Placement credits based on the University of Pittsburgh’s guidelines. Credits for most AP Courses require scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exams, although there are a few courses where college credits may be earned with a score of 3. The complete list of AP Courses, scores and college credits are found in (

  • Upon admission, If you are transferring from another institution please send your official Advanced Placement test scores to: School of Pharmacy, 229 Salk Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. 
  • If you cannot find a copy of your scores, please contact the College Board at 1-888-call4AP (1-888-225-5427) for a Score report to be sent to your home.
    • Scores sent to your home are free and may be requested (to home) as many times as needed.
    • Scores sent to an institution will cost $15 – $25.