The Pharmacy College Admission Test - usually shortened to PCAT (pronounced pea-cat) - is required for admission to PharmD program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and other U.S. colleges of pharmacy.
The PCAT is a specialized test that measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy. It is administered in a computer-based test format. Go to the PCAT website to learn more about the test, preparing for it and registering to take it.
- We recommend taking the Pearson online practice PCAT exam before taking the PCAT. The practice test simulates the actual exam.
- The PCAT is administered several times a year and in locations throughout the world. It is recommended applicants to the UA College of Pharmacy take the PCAT no later than November of the year previous to admission. January Preliminary test scores can be used for admission, but an applicant cannot be invited to interview until PCAT scores are submitted. UA COP admits PharmD students for Fall Semester Only. (For example, for Fall 2018 admission, the PCAT must be taken no later than November 2017; the January 2018 Preliminary scores can be usedfor Fall 2018 admission, but it is not recommeded as the application cannot be reviewed until PCAT scores are submitted.)
- Physics and ecology-based biology are not on the PCAT. Even though these courses are required for admission, we suggest you take general chemistry, some organic chemistry, general cell based biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, math up through calculus and statistics before you take the PCAT.
- A PCAT test score used for admission may not be more than two years old. If you take the PCAT more than once, the admissions committee will evaluate your highest score. The UA College of Pharmacy PCAT school code is 003.
Applicants using the International Pharmacist application path must also take the PCAT and meet the deadlines above. You can locate test centers in several countries at Pearson VUE.
= Applies to those using the International Pharmacist application path