International Pharmacists Path

The International Pharmacist application path is for people who have a bachelor's (or greater) degree from a country outside the United States that prepares them to practice pharmacy in the country where they obtained the degree. Qualified International Pharmacist applicants are admitted to the same four-year PharmD program as applicants using the Standard application path.

The PharmCAS application opens on July 18, 2018. The Early Decision deadline is September 4, 2018, and students must take the July 11 or 18, 2018 PCAT exam to be eligible to apply for early admission. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2018. If you have questions regarding the PharmCAS application, requirements or fees, visit PharmCAS.

  1. Read all the information posted under Admission Requirements and Admission Steps.
    These pages pertain strictly to the Internation Pharmacist Path.
  2. Take a look at the video below about increasing your chances for admission
    This video is directed specifically to applicants using the Standard path; however, much of the information presented is also good advice for applicants who qualify for the International Pharmacist path.
  3. Review checklist video below
  4. Contact our admission advisers if you have any concerns or questions.

Before You Apply

  • You must have a bachelor's degree from a country other than the United States that allows you to practice pharmacy in that country.
  • You must have completed coursework in the 10 required science courses within the last seven years. 
  • Preferred minimum 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) on the coursework leading to your degree. PharmCAS will only accept your official transcripts evaluated by WES - World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation
  • iBT TOEFL (and achieved 90 or above) or IELTS (and achieved 7 or greater) English proficiency exam.
  • Practiced pharmacy (preferably, for one year or more) either in the country where you obtained your degree or elsewhere.

PCAT Exam

  • Take the PCAT exam, or make plans to take it no later than the November exam date before the PharmCAS deadline of Dec. 3.
  • Have you reviewed the PCAT scores of those admitted to the UA College of Pharmacy in past years? You'll see a range of PCAT scores - don't exclude yourself from applying because your PCAT score is not what you believe to be competitive. 

Recommendations

  • Have two recommenders who have agreed to provide an online recommendation (not a letter) after you have submitted your application. Your recommenders should be people you have worked for, volunteered under their supervision, or teachers.
  • We give you the option of naming a third recommender in case one of your preferred three is not able to complete his or her recommendation on time. 

After Admission

  • You must provide proof of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card and required immunizations to be eligible to work with patients.
  • Throughout the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you will train at a number of practice sites as student pharmacists beginning in your first year. Therefore, you must complete immunizations that are required of healthcare workers.
  • The University of Arizona and College of Pharmacy Immunization Requirements are time sensitive. With the exception of the influenza immunization and part of a repeat Hepatitis B immunization series, these must be completed before July 1, 2018 otherwise you will not be permitted to register for classes, train at practice sites, and your admission to the College of Pharmacy will be rescinded. 

Use the link below to see the required immunizations, and document your immunization records. 
Campus Health Immunization Requirements for Pharmacy