PharmD Admissions

Beginning July 14, 2022, prospective PharmD students may apply to the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy PharmD program through PharmCAS for fall 2023 admission consideration.

The priority application deadline is November 1, 2022. Benefits* of meeting the priority deadline include:

  • Improved chances of receiving an offer of admission through our rolling admission process.
  • Improved chances of receiving an offer of admission to your preferred campus, Phoenix or Tucson.
  • Improved chances of receiving a prestigious merit award, the Coit Admissions Scholarship, up to $10,000. Coit Admissions Scholarships are awarded to top applicants on a rolling basis beginning in January 2023.
  • Ability to apply** for College of Pharmacy scholarships via Scholarship Universe, UArizona’s scholarship portal. Last year we awarded over $340,000 in scholarships to PharmD students through this portal.

The final application deadline is March 1, 2023.

*Applicants must submit their application by the November 1 priority deadline and have their application materials verified by PharmCAS by December 31, 2022 to benefit.

** Applicants must accept their offer of admission within two weeks of receipt, and take all steps outlined by the Office of Student Services to be granted access to the Scholarship Universe portal. The College of Pharmacy scholarship application window is typically mid-February to mid-April annually.

Admission Process

PharmCAS-verified applications are screened on a rolling basis. Competitive applicants will receive an offer to interview, with the first round of interviews will take place in mid-September and will continue through March. The interview process includes two parts: (1) a live interview by Zoom or telephone with a member of the PharmCAT family, and (2) a video-recorded, virtual, asynchronous interview through Kira Talent, our partner in holistic admission. Following the interview process, your interview scores and application materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee. The admissions committee meets monthly, beginning in October, to determine whether an interviewed applicant will be offered admission, placed on a wait list, or denied admission. On occasion the committee may request a follow-up interview, typically via Zoom, and/or defer their decision-making until additional data is collected; e.g., final transcripts. Waitlisted applicants may receive an offer of admission, if space allows, no later than June 30. After June 30, remaining waitlisted applicants will be denied admission and encouraged to reapply in the following admission cycle.

 

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 + labs (2 semesters/8 units)
  • Organic Chemistry + labs  (2 semesters/8 units)
  • Anatomy & Physiology + labs (2 semesters/8 units)
  • General Biology I + labs  (1 semester/4 units)
  • Microbiology + labs (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.

    The admissions committee considers the below PharmCAS-calculated GPAs at multiple points during the evaluation process and may require updated transcripts of applicants before rendering an admissions decision. Admitted applicants must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better if enrolled in the application year. Applicants with GPAs of 3.0 or better will optimize their chance for admission. Meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee an interview.

    All four GPAs must meet or exceed a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; GPAs of 2.75 or better are strongly preferred.

    • Cumulative Prerequisite GPA: 2.5 required, 2.75 or better strongly preferred
    • Overall Science GPA: 2.5 required, 2.75 or better strongly preferred
    • Overall Non-science GPA: 2.5 required, 2.75 or better strongly preferred
    • Overall GPA: 2.5 required, 2.75 or better strongly preferred
    • Grades of C or better are required in prerequisite courses; grades of B or higher strongly preferred
     

    PCAT Information

    • PCAT scores are optional for 2022-2023 application 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.

    Healthcare experience & community service hours are not required but will strengthen your application. The admissions committee will continue to look for evidence that applicants are acquainted with the field of pharmacy, exhibit the potential for leadership, are committed to helping others, and embrace what it means to be a health care professional. Applicants must upload a current resume to PharmCAS, within the documents: shadowing/healthcare hours section. Your resume should include all paid work, volunteer work, observation hours, and research experience in a reverse-chronological order (most recent experience at the top, oldest experience at the bottom). Your resume should also include your education beyond the high school level. If you need help developing a resume, consider this resource: https://career.arizona.edu/jobs/resumes

    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.

    Contact

    Anna Hernandez
    Coordinator, PharmD Admissions & Prospective Student Advising
    anna.hernandez@pharmacy.arizona.edu
    520-626-0674
    Drachman Hall B107C