Academic Requirements

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The doctor of pharmacy, or PharmD, program is four years in length. Students start the program in the Fall semester only.


Standard iconAdmission Requirements: Standard Path

To qualify for admission to the PharmD program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, a Standard path applicant for Fall admissions must complete 70 units/credits of specific prerequisite courses. Required courses may be completed at any accredited college, university or community college in the United States. Applicants must complete at least 72 units for admission to the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy as a professional student through the Graduate College. There is also a 90-unit minimum course requirement to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Requirements include a full academic year of coursework in English composition, general chemistry, general biology, human anatomy and physiology, humanities (called Traditions & Culture at UA), social and behavioral sciences (called Individuals & Societies at UA), and organic chemistry. Mammalian or vertebrate physiology will not be accepted for admission. Please see the Prerequisite Course Guide page for more details.

We strongly encourage you to plan to complete the required math and science courses (except physics) no more than seven years before you apply to our PharmD program.  Having recent math and science knowledge will likely help you score higher on the math and science sections of the PCAT and better prepare you for the rigors of pharmacy school. If your math and science courses were taken more than seven years ago, please discuss options with our admissions coordinator.

Also required is one course in each of the following: calculus, microbiology, physics, micro or macro economics, fine arts or literature (at UA a Tier Two Arts) and statistics.

There are 10 required non-sciences and 10 sciences, or all together 20 classes. 

The Admissions Committee invites candidates to interview for admission to the college based upon:

  • a competitive science GPA (must have a 3.0 in the 10 sciences to apply)
  • PCAT score
  • at least 50 hours of work or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting
  • three strong recommendations
  • community involvement

Competition for admission to colleges of pharmacies has increased nationwide; therefore, we no longer suggest trying to complete prerequisite coursework in a two-year time period. Rather, we advise that you take more time so that you can do as well as possible on all required courses. Class statistics for admitted students are updated in September.

Once admitted to the College of Pharmacy, admission to the University of Arizona is through the Graduate College. For admission to the Graduate College, you must have 72 units of college coursework completed by June 1 of the admission year.  You must also have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.There is also a minimum of 90 units required by June 1st to be eligible to receive federal financial aid. This may include AP, IB and CLEP units. We will help you complete the steps needed for Graduate College admission; do not apply to the Graduate College on your own.

If you received the Wildcat Excellence scholarship for your undergraduate education AND completed your degree in less than 8 semesters, you can use the remaining applicable tuition merit award towards your PharmD tuition the following semester. Please contact the UA Scholarship Office directly to describe your situation and provide documentation from the PharmD program to get the accommodation.

International Students

International students may be admitted through the Standard path to pursue a PharmD degree if all prerequisite coursework necessary for admission is from an accredited college or university in the United States. International students who have completed coursework outside of the United States may qualify to apply for PharmD admission through the International Pharmacist pathway; see information below. Coursework completed outside of the United States also may meet requirements for international students applying for admission to master's and PhD programs within the College of Pharmacy; see MS/PhD pages.

Course Guide for pharmd admission

Click here to view a prerequisite course guide.

 

IWPD iconAdmission Requirements: International pharmacist Path

People who have earned a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) outside of the United States that prepared them to practice pharmacy in the country where they obtained the degree also may apply to the PharmD program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, .

If this describes your situation, there are 10 required science courses that you must have taken while obtaining your bachelor's degree or before you apply through the International Pharmacist path. You must have had a full academic year of coursework in

  • general chemistry,
  • general biology,
  • human anatomy and physiology, and
  • organic chemistry.

Also required is one course each in

  • microbiology,
  • physics.

Mammalian or vertebrate physiology will not be accepted for admission.
Please see the Prerequisite Course Guide page for more details.

The Admissions Committee invites candidates to interview for admission to the college based upon:

  • having a bachelor's degree that allows you to be a licensed pharmacist in the country where you obtained the degree
  • grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • a competitive science GPA (must have a 3.0 in the 10 sciences to apply)
  • PCAT score
  • iBT TOEFL score of 90 or above or IELTS score of 7 or above (scores must be no more than two years old) unless you qualify for exemption. (Exemptions listed on this UA TOEFL page.)
  • having postgraduate pharmacy practice experience - a minimum of one year is preferred
  • three strong recommendations

Once admitted to the College of Pharmacy, admission to the University of Arizona is through the Graduate College. For admission to the Graduate College, you must have 72 units of college coursework completed by June 1 of the admission year.  You must also have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. We will help you complete the steps needed for Graduate College admission; do not apply to the Graduate College on your own.

There is additional detail on the Just for International Pharmacist Applicants page. Write to intlprograms@pharmacy.arizona.edu if you have questions about how to qualify for or apply to the International Pharmacist path.

 


 

Standard icon= Applies only to those using the Standard application path

IWPD icon= Applies only to those using the International Pharmacist path

 

 

 

 

Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: May 4, 2017
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