How To Apply to PharmD

You're serious about preparing for admission to our PharmD program! Here are some more words of advice as you get ready to apply.

  1. Read all the information posted under How To Qualify and make sure you understand all the requirements. You will need to know whether you are using the Standard path to admission, selected by most applicants, or whether you qualify for the International Pharmacist application 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 the checklist under the video.
  4. Contact our admissions advisers if you have any concerns or questions before it's time to apply! If you are using the Standard path, contact the advisers in Student Services. Write to our International Programs staff if you are using the International Pharmacist path.

 

Checklist before you apply

Standard iconPrerequisites for those using the Standard path to admission

  • Will you be able to 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.)
  • Are all of your prerequisites from U.S. universities, colleges or community colleges?
  • Have your science requirements been completed within the last seven years? (If it's been longer, contact our admissions staff to learn your options.)
  • Is your prerequisite science GPA above 3.0? Is your cumulative GPA  at the school where you have completed most of your coursework above a 3.0 (or will it be after your fall semester grades are in)?
  • Do you have a grade of B or better in your organic chemistry and anatomy/physiology courses? If you have a C in one of these courses, contact our admissions staff to learn your options.

international iconPrerequisites for those using the International Pharmacist path to admission

  • Do you hold a bachelor's degree from a country other than the United States that allows you to practice pharmacy in that country?
  • Have you completed coursework in the 10 required science courses within the last seven years?  (if it has been longer, contact our international programs staff to learn your options.)
  • Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) on the coursework leading to your degree? (Your official transcripts and courses will be evaluated by World Education Services; instructions will be included in the International Pharmacist application.)
  • Have you taken the iBT TOEFL (and achieved 90 or above) or IELTS (and achieved 7 or greater) English proficiency exam?

Experience & Involvement

  • Standard iconWill you have at least 50 hours of paid or unpaid volunteer experience in a traditional or non-traditional pharmacy setting when you apply?
  • Standard iconHave you been actively involved with pharmacy, health care, science or other organizations? Have you been active in other community activities or coaching, mentoring or tutoring?
  • international iconHave you practiced pharmacy (preferably, for one year or more) either in the country where you obtained your degree or elsewhere?

PCAT Exam

  • Have you taken the PCAT exam, or made plans to take it no later than the November exam date before the UA application deadline of Dec. 1?
  • 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 is not "super high."

Recommendations

  • Do you have three 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 fourth recommender in case one of your preferred three is not able to complete his or her recommendation on time. We recommend you take advantage of this option.

Other Requirements

Have you answered "Yes" to all the questions above?  You probably are ready to take the big step and apply in the next cycle for admission to the college.*

The last question

But there is one more important question. If we offer you admission, do you want to attend school here? That's an important one. Give it careful thought.

If you are not an Arizona resident, have you researched the Southwest and convinced yourself sunshine nearly every day is palatable? Have you considered the costs of non-resident tuition and relocation? All applicants need to have a realistic financial plan that they can implement if they are accepted.

international iconApplicants taking the International Pharmacist path may need to complete a Graduate College Financial Guarantee Form before they begin the PharmD program. Seek advising on this if you are relocating to Tucson from outside the United States.

Standard iconIf you are using the Standard path for admission, you should also consider whether you prefer the Tucson or the Phoenix campus, as you will be asked on the application.

Is your answer to the "Do you want to come to UA" question another "Yes"? We surely hope so. Here's the link to the PharmD Application. Good luck!

*The UA College of Pharmacy requires applicants to our PharmD program to complete a specific application that is posted on this website. UA COP does not participate in PharmCAS for the PharmD program.

 


 

Standard icon= Applies only to those following the Standard path to admission

international icon= Applies only to those following the International Pharmacist path to admission

 

 

Checklist before you apply

Prerequisites

  • Will you be able to 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.)
  • Are all of your prerequisites from U.S. universities, colleges or community colleges? Have your science requirements been completed with the last seven years?
  • Is your prerequisite science GPA above 3.0? Is your cumulative GPA  at the school where you have completed most of your coursework above a 3.0 (or will it be after your fall semester grades are in)?

Experience & Involvement

  • Will you have at least 50 hours of paid or unpaid voluteer experience in a traditonal or non-traditional pharmacy settingwhen you apply?
  • Have you been actively involved with pharmacy, health care, science or other organizations? Have you been active in other communitiy activities or coaching, mentoring or tutoring?

PCAT Exam

  • Have you taken the PCAT exam, or made plans to take it no later than the November exam date before the UA application deadline of Dec. 1?
  • 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 becasue your PCAT is not "super high."

Recommendations

  • Do you have three 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 fourth recommender in case on of your preferred three is not able to complete his or her recommendation on time. We recommend you take advantage of this option.

Have you answered "Yes" to all the questions above?  You probably are ready to take the big step and apply in the next cycle for admission to the college.

But there is one more important question. If we offer you admission, do you want to come here? That's an important one. Give it careful thought. If you are not an Arizona resident, have you researched the Southwest and convinced yourself sunshine nearly every day is palatable? Have you considered the costs of non-resident tuition and relocation? All applicants need to have a realistic financial plan that they can implement if they are accepted and also have a solid feeling that UA will be a great place for them to learn how to be the best pharmacist they can be!

Is your answer another "Yes"? We surely hope so. Here's the link to the PharmD Application. (link is external) Good luck!

- See more at: http://dhbpharmacywww1.pharmacy.arizona.edu/pharmd/toapply#sthash.fBSocM...

 

Checklist before you apply

Prerequisites

  • Will you be able to 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.)
  • Are all of your prerequisites from U.S. universities, colleges or community colleges? Have your science requirements been completed with the last seven years?
  • Is your prerequisite science GPA above 3.0? Is your cumulative GPA  at the school where you have completed most of your coursework above a 3.0 (or will it be after your fall semester grades are in)?

Experience & Involvement

  • Will you have at least 50 hours of paid or unpaid voluteer experience in a traditonal or non-traditional pharmacy settingwhen you apply?
  • Have you been actively involved with pharmacy, health care, science or other organizations? Have you been active in other communitiy activities or coaching, mentoring or tutoring?

PCAT Exam

  • Have you taken the PCAT exam, or made plans to take it no later than the November exam date before the UA application deadline of Dec. 1?
  • 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 becasue your PCAT is not "super high."

Recommendations

  • Do you have three 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 fourth recommender in case on of your preferred three is not able to complete his or her recommendation on time. We recommend you take advantage of this option.

Have you answered "Yes" to all the questions above?  You probably are ready to take the big step and apply in the next cycle for admission to the college.

But there is one more important question. If we offer you admission, do you want to come here? That's an important one. Give it careful thought. If you are not an Arizona resident, have you researched the Southwest and convinced yourself sunshine nearly every day is palatable? Have you considered the costs of non-resident tuition and relocation? All applicants need to have a realistic financial plan that they can implement if they are accepted and also have a solid feeling that UA will be a great place for them to learn how to be the best pharmacist they can be!

Is your answer another "Yes"? We surely hope so. Here's the link to the PharmD Application. (link is external) Good luck!

- See more at: http://dhbpharmacywww1.pharmacy.arizona.edu/pharmd/toapply#sthash.fBSocM...

 

Originally posted: September 28, 2014
Last updated: August 5, 2016
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