* Enrolled at Shepherd University on the Shepherdstown campus.
* High school cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 on 4.0 scale.
* Official high school transcript.
* ACT math score of at least 26 or SAT math score of at least 600.
* Letter of recommendation from a high school math or science teacher and high school principal or guidance counselor.
* Letter of recommendation from a community leader (to demonstrate participation in community service).
* Personal statement of why the applicant is interested in becoming a pharmacist and entering the PharmSTEP program.
* Personal interview.
Once all applications are received and reviewed, selected students will be interviewed by members of the WVU School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. As many as three students per class year will be selected to participate in the PharmSTEP Program and will be given provisional admission status to the School of Pharmacy.
Students accepted into the PharmSTEP Program must meet the following qualifications to continue matriculation in the WVU School of Pharmacy:
* Complete the required coursework at Shepherd University on the Shepherdstown campus.
* Maintain both a cumulative overall GPA and cumulative prerequisite GPA of at least a 3.6**.
* Achieve a PCAT Composite score of at least a 70.
* Participate in PharmSTEP-organized community service activities.
* Participate in PharmSTEP-organized shadowing experiences in a variety of pharmacy settings.
* Maintain standards of honesty, integrity and citizenship and remain free of any violations of local, state or federal laws that would otherwise prevent the issuance of an intern license.
* Complete the PharmCAS application process.
* Receive approval of PharmSTEP program personnel according to established criteria.
* Maintain full-time student status.
**Should a student fail to maintain these averages for one of the first two semesters there will be a probationary period of one semester so that the student may demonstrate improvement. If the student is unable to improve so that both GPA's (including the probationary semester and the semester prior to probation) are cumulatively at least a 3.6, he/she will lose his/her conditional admission to the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, but will be able to apply through the school's regular admission process via PharmCAS.
After successfully completing the prerequisite course requirements, PCAT, PharmSTEP-organized community service and shadowing activities, PharmCAS application, and receiving the approval of PharmSTEP personnel, the student will then begin pharmacy studies on the Morgantown campus for the first three years of the professional curriculum. The student will then complete as many of their experiential curriculum rotations as possible in the nine counties of the Eastern Division of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.