PharmD Admissions

Prospective PharmD students may apply to the PharmD program through PharmCAS beginning July 14, 2021 for fall 2022 admission consideration.

The priority deadline to apply for Fall 2022 admission is December 1, 2021.
  • Applicants who apply by December 1 will receive priority consideration for a Coit Admissions Scholarship, up to $20,000.
  • Recipients of the Coit Admissions Scholarship will receive an award letter no earlier than December 17, 2021. Awarding will continue until the funds are disbursed.
The final deadline to apply for Fall 2022 admission is March 1, 2022.

Given the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UArizona PharmD Admissions Committee has waived the requirement for the PCAT, health-care experience (observation hours), and community service hours for 2021-2022 PharmCAS applicants.

  • PCAT scores submitted via PharmCAS will neither be reviewed nor considered in admission decisions this application cycle.
  • Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to become acquainted with the field of pharmacy through observation/shadowing, experiential learning, paid work, and research, whenever possible.

PharmD Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be in good standing at the University of Arizona or be eligible for matriculation to the university.
  • All prerequisite courses (62 units) must be completed by June 1 of the admission year. (Exceptions can be made for quarter-system schools).
  • Prerequisite courses completed more than 7 years before matriculation into the PharmD program may expire and need to be repeated prior to admission.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university in the United States.  
  • A minimum of 90 units is required by June 1st of the admission year for full Federal Direct Loan/financial aid eligibility. This may include AP, IB and CLEP units. Visit the UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more information regarding the Federal Direct Loan Limits.  
Admission to the PharmD program requires completion of the following courses:
Science Requirements*
  • General Chemistry (2 semesters/8 units)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters/8 units)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters/8 units)
  • General Biology I (1 semester/4 units)
  • Microbiology (1 semester/4 units)
  • Physics (1 semester/3 units)
Non-Science Requirements**
  • English Composition (2 semesters/6 units)
  • Calculus (1 semester/3 units)
  • Statistics (1 semester/3 units)
  • Social Sciences (2 semesters/6 units)
  • Traditions & Cultures (1 semester/3 units)
  • Fine Arts or Literature (1 semester/3 units)
  • Diversity Emphasis (1 semester/3 units)

* Students transferring from other schools should check with a COP advisor for pre-approval of courses.

  • Pass/fail credit will not be accepted.  (Exception: Grades of P (pass) earned in the Spring 2020 semester will be accepted toward the fulfillment of PharmD prerequisite requirements.)
  • Advanced Placement Examinations (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) for college credit is acceptable for non-science prerequisite requirements and for physics
    • AP, IB, and CLEP credit will not be accepted to fulfill other science prerequisite requirements
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete all or at least some of their prerequisite coursework while enrolled as a full-time student, in order to demonstrate their ability to manage a full-time courseload.
In the case of non-science courses, the following guidelines generally apply:
  • Social Sciences courses may include sociology, psychology, economics, gender or ethnic studies, political science, or communication.  A language course at the second-semester level or higher (generally 102, 201, or 202) can be used to fulfill one of the two Social Sciences requirements.  
  • Traditions & Cultures courses may include humanities, anthropology, history, philosophy, and religious studies
  • Fine Arts or Literature may include music, dance, art, theater, or the study of any literary form
  • The Diversity emphasis requirement includes gender, race, class, ethnicity or non-western studies. It may be "double-dipped" with approved social science, traditions & cultures, or fine arts/literature course
  • Courses used to fulfill any non-science requirement must be a minimum of 3 semester units.  Students with quarter system credits may satisfy a non-science requirement with 2.67 semester units (equivalent to 4 quarter units), but a minimum of 62 total semester units is required for admission.

    • Cumulative prerequisite GPA: Minimum 2.5 or higher required
    • Science GPA: Minimum 2.5 or higher preferred
    • Overall GPA: Minimum 2.5 or higher preferred
    • Minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses, grades of B or higher STRONGLY preferred

    • PCAT has been waived for 21-22 admission cycle

    You must have two recommendations submitted online via PharmCAS. Recommendations submitted by any other means, e.g., email, express mail, postal mail, are not accepted. 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.

    Due to the impact of the pandemic, we have waived the experiential hours requirement (40 hours health care experience, 40 hours volunteer experience) for the 21-22 admission cycle, however applicants must upload a current resume to PharmCAS. The admissions committee will continue to look for evidence that applicants are acquainted with the field of pharmacy and what it means to be a health care professional. The admissions committee also evaluates applicants on community service and involvement, extracurricular activities, and written communications skills. Your resume should include all paid work, volunteer work, observation hours, research experience, and education beyond the high school level. If you need help developing a resume, explore this resource:

    In addition to fulfilling all academic prerequisite requirements, students must also meet all non-academic essential qualifications in order to matriculate into the PharmD program. These include:

    You are not required to take action on these requirements until you have been admitted to the PharmD program, but you are encouraged to review the requirements prior to applying. 

    An acceptance offer may be rescinded if any materials submitted above are not received or are determined to be fraudulent or deceptive.


    Anna Hernandez
    Coordinator, PharmD Admissions & Prospective Student Advising
    Drachman Hall B107C