Standard Path

There are multiple steps to apply for admission to the UA. These steps are for the standard path to the PharmD.  

There are different requirements for international students. Visit the International Pharmacist Path for more information.

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 February 1, 2019. 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 Standard 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.

  • Complete all the required courses needed for admission before June 1 of your desired admission year to the College of Pharmacy.(The PharmD first-year calendar begins in August each year.)
  • All of your prerequisites must be from U.S. universities, colleges or community colleges.
  • Science requirements completed within the last seven years (if it's been longer, contact our admissions staff to learn your options).
  • Preferred prerequisite science GPA above 3.0 and cumulative GPA at the school where you have completed most of your coursework above a 3.0 (or after your fall semester grades are in).
  • Preferred grade of B or better in your organic chemistry and anatomy/physiology courses.
  • Have at least 50 hours of paid or unpaid volunteer experience in a traditional or non-traditional pharmacy setting when you apply.
  • Active involvement with pharmacy, health care, science or other organizations. Active in other community activities or coaching, mentoring or tutoring.

  • Take the PCAT exam, or make plans to take it no later than the January 2019 exam date before the PharmCAS application deadline of February 1, 2019 (if needed, you may use preliminary January scores. Please note: your application cannot be reviewed until PCAT scores are submitted. 
  • Review 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.

  • You must 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 with under their supervision, or professors.
  • You have the option of naming a third recommender in case one of your preferred two is not able to complete his/her recommendation on time.  

  • You must provide proof of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card and required immunizations to be eligible to work with patients. You will be required to submit a copy of your Fingerprint Clearance Card by no later than July 1, 2019 to the College of Pharmacy - Office of Student Services. 
  • 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, 2019 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