Wondering if you have what it takes to be admitted to the School of Pharmacy? These are our requirements for future pharmacists.
You have worked hard to prepare for admission to pharmacy school. Gaining admission to our program means you are one step closer to achieving your goal. Requirements for admission include your PCAT score and making sure you have the necessary required coursework.
Complete the Prerequisite Courses
A degree is not required for admission, but we do require that you complete specific prerequisite courses. We are looking for a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or higher. Since students take a heavy course load of science classes as a pharmacy student, we want students with strong science backgrounds. But that is not all we consider. We also look at how involved you were in curricular and extracurricular activities, we evaluate your PCAT score, your personal statement and your letters of recommendation.
Take the PCAT
You must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test to be considered for admission. We consider a composite PCAT score in the 50th percentile or higher to be competitive. When you take the test, designate PharmCAS as the recipient institution for your scores. Our institutional code for PharmCAS is 104.
We consider your highest composite score if you take the PCAT more than once. 2017–2018 testing dates are now available. You can register for the test online or by calling 800-622-3231. You can send us your unofficial scores quickly by faxing them to us at 704-233-8332 or emailing them.
Complete the PharmCAS Application
Ready to apply? We use the Pharmacy College Application Service, or PharmCAS, to collect your application information, which includes:
- The PharmCAS Application
- PCAT scores
- Three letters of recommendation
The letters of recommendation can be from academic sources (from professors, teaching assistants or academic advisors) or professional contacts (from employers, volunteer organization personnel or others who have known you in a professional capacity).
Application for the 2018 fall semester opens July 18, 2017. The early decision deadline is Sep 5, 2017, and the regular decision deadline is March 1, 2018. PharmCAS sends your information to us once your application has been verified.
Complete the Supplemental Application
You must also submit our Supplemental Application to be considered for admission.
Academically qualified applicants are invited to an on-site interview for their chosen program. To be academically qualified, you should have a prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or higher and a composite PCAT score around the 50th percentile. Eligible students can interview at either or both campuses to which they sought admission. The visit lasts about four hours in the afternoon, during which applicants meet with current students, faculty members and the dean.
Applicants are usually notified within one week of interviewing whether or not they have been selected for admission.
If you have any questions, just give us a call or email us.