Tips for Advisers

To High School Advisers Sending Students to the University of Arizona:

  • Advise your students to take math and science courses every year in high school to prepare them for the rigors of college and for taking the ALEKS math placement test. Taking precalculus or calculus, and not statistics senior year is the best preparation for the ALEKS math placement test.
  • The ALEKS math placement test is not to be taken lightly. Math placement at UA determines which science courses can be taken. Students must place into college algebra to take physics and biology, calculus to be able to take chemistry.
     

Tips for Community College Advisers Sending Students to UA

  • Math placement at UA determines which science courses can be taken. Students must place into college algebra to take physics and biology, calculus to be able to take chemistry.
  • Admission to the college - 70 units are required, 40 units (10 sciences) and 30 units (10 non-sciences). Completing either AGEC is not necessary as a student is not transferring units, but taking courses for admission to a professional program (PharmD-doctor of pharmacy). Ninety units are required to be eligible for federal financial aid once admitted to the college.
     

When Advising Any Student Preparing To Attend UA

  • The College of Pharmacy accepts non-science high school Advanced Placement classes to meet non-science admission requirements. The College of Pharmacy does NOT accept AP sciences to meet science admission requirements. The college does accept dual enrollment courses from a community college for admission.
  • Encourage anyone thinking of pursuing a health profession to get some work or volunteer experience IN that setting. Candidates for admission to the college must have at least four to six months (at least 50 hours) of work or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting at the time of application to the college. Students must be 18 years old in Arizona to WORK in a pharmacy, but there isn’t an age limit to volunteer. We suggest looking in the phone book to see what pharmacies are independently owned (NOT Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, etc.) or try your local hospital inpatient or outpatient pharmacy or clinic. Students should dress business casual and go in person to ask if they can “shadow” for a few hours with a pharmacist to see what the job is like. IF they enjoy the setting, then ask if they can volunteer there weekly.
  • The College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee does consider WHERE required courses are taken for admission (community college vs. university settings). They also expect to see on a candidate’s application at least three full-time (12+units) consecutive semesters taking science intensive courses.
  • It is acceptable to take required sciences for admission online; however, it is strongly recommended that students take sciences and labs in a classroom setting to help prepare for the rigors of pharmacy school.
  • The main criteria the Admissions Committee uses to evaluate a candidate’s application for admission are: science GPA for the courses required for admission, PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) scores, at least 50 hours of work or volunteer experience in a pharmacy setting, three strong recommendations from professional associations/relationships and community service.
  • If your students decide not to attend UA, then let them know we have Transfer Guides for any school in the state on our website. We will still advise them and help prepare them for admission to the college no matter where they attend undergraduate classes. Contact Marty Baker: baker@pharmacy.arizona.edu 520-626-4311, or Anna Hernandez: anna.hernandez@pharmacy.arizona.edu 520-626-0674.

 

 August 2015

Originally posted: October 20, 2014
Last updated: August 3, 2015
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