Doctor of Pharmacy Dual Degree with Drake University

BVU’s unique 3+4 partnership with Drake University’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program allows students to complete three years at BVU and four years at Drake and receive degrees from both universities. Students are able to earn their advanced degree in a shorter amount of time, resulting in less educational costs and the ability to begin their careers one year sooner.

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How 3+4 Works 

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In the first three years, students in the BVU-Drake PharmD program complete general education coursework and pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses as well as physiology and biochemistry. In their junior year, BVU students take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and apply for admission to the Drake pharmacy program. 

Students enter Drake as PharmD students and complete the four-year program after having completed three years of coursework at BVU. Participants follow a 3+4 schedule, entering Drake after their junior year and then completing their bachelor’s degree at the end of the first professional year. Students may transfer first year professional pharmacy courses from Drake toward their BVU major and elective credits so they can complete a bachelor’s degree from BVU.

To be eligible to apply for a seat in the PharmD program, students must achieve a 3.0 GPA and earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses at BVU. 


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Solid BVU Foundation

Feel prepared to take on the pharmaceutical field

Throughout the first three years at BVU, students are equipped with a multitude of professional development and educational experiences that prepare them to prosper and succeed at Drake and beyond. Students receive personalized attention from expert faculty, as well as infinite opportunities for travel, internships, job shadowing, research, and more.   

BVU students who participate in the BVU-Drake PharmD program are encouraged to pursue a major that will provide them with a solid foundation for a career in pharmacy. Recommended fields of study at BVU include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and biomedical sciences. 


The median annual wage for pharmacists was $124,170 in May 2017.

In Demand

Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.

Acceptance Rate

93 percent of BVU graduates who apply are accepted to health-related professional schools.

Top Pharmacy Program

Drake University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top private pharmacy schools.