Admissions Information for 2012-2013
Application Deadline: December 1, 2012
1. Two applications required
PharmCAS: You must apply to the College of Pharmacy for admission to the College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Program through PharmCAS. Please read and carefully follow the instructions in the section called, Before You Apply on the PharmCAS website before beginning your application.
For questions regarding the Graduate School Application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 801-581-7283. On your application please indicate that you are applying to the Pharmacy DPH program. You must submit a copy of your transcripts with this application.
The following information is NOT required to be submitted through your graduate school application: You are required to submit this information through PharmCAS.
1) PCAT Scores
2) Curriculum Vita-Resume
3) Statement of Purpose
4) Writing Sample - Essay - Publication
5) Faculty Information
6) Recommendation letters
2012 Admissions Instructions for PharmCAS and Graduate School
2. Pre-pharmacy required courses
PRE-PHARMACY REQUIRED COURSES:
3. TOEFL iBT
An applicant whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and submit the test scores to the College of Pharmacy. To be considered for admission, a TOEFL iBT test must be provided with a total score of 80 or better will be required of all applicants that English is a second language. If the applicant has completed a bachelors or masters degree in the United States, the TOEFL iBT test requirement may be waived. For information concerning this examination, contact the University of Utah Testing Center, 498 Student Services Building, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 (801) 581-8744.
TOFEL is required of all ESL applicants.
4. PCAT or Bachelor's degree
PCAT: Applicants who have not earned a bachelor's degree are required to take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test). The minimum composite score for application is 65. The average score of students accepted into the program is 85. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree may take the PCAT if they desire, however it is not required. Students who have both a bachelor's degree and a PCAT score will be given the benefit of whichever will give them a higher admissions score. The last PCAT test scores which will be accepted from applicants for 2012-2013 will be the September 2012 PCAT.
BA/BS Degree: Degree must be completed no later than July 1st of the year you are applying with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
5. Pharmacy Experience
PHARMACY EXPERIENCE is recommended, but not required. If the applicant has not worked as a technician, shadowing is appropriate. The Admissions Committee recommends shadowing pharmacists. Pharmacist shadowing is defined as the observation of a pharmacist as he/she provides pharmaceutical care to his/her patient and carries out the other responsibilities of a pharmacist. Pharmacy name, location, phone and pharmacist name will be needed for your application. If you are interested in becoming a technician the following website has a list of State Board of Pharmacy approved technician training programs: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/pharmacy.html
6. Volunteer/Community Service Experience
VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Students need to have volunteer experience, post high school. With the exception of military service, community service is defined as work you do as a volunteer whether with a community, church, or school organization, or something you do on your own without constraint or guarantee of reward or compensation. Work performed in service learning courses and service performed as part of employment does not satisfy this requirement. Ongoing experience over time is encouraged. There is no hour requirement.
7. Leadership Experience
LEADERSHIP is defined as a position of responsibility for others. Attributes of the highly qualified applicant should include: dedication, determination, willingness to contribute to the welfare of others, and the ability to make decisions. Individuals willing to accept positions of leadership are considered an asset to their community and profession. Sustained positions of leadership in employment, church, community and school organizations (e.g., coaching, tutoring and mentoring) should be clearly noted on your application.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Two specific recommendations must be submitted through the PharmCAS application. The first must be from a science or math professor you took a class from, and the second may be from any one of the following: pharmacist, supervisor, other health care professional. Recommendations from clergy, friends, and/or family members will NOT be accepted.
Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program is highly selective and competitive. Although preference is given to Utah residents, applications from highly qualified out of state students are highly encouraged and welcomed. Outstanding students may be considered for early admission. The College of Pharmacy will contact you if this is the case.
Selection of applicants is based on the pre-professional grade point average, the Admissions Committee's assessment of the candidate's personal essay, sustained community service, demonstrated sustained leadership ability, pharmacy/healthcare experience, and PCAT scores. A personal interview will be scheduled by the Committee to further assess those factors as well as communications skills, maturity and career goals.
For questions regarding Admission or Applications please contact the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Program Admissions Office: PharmD.Admissions@pharm.utah.edu. Thank you for your interest in the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.
Following notification of acceptance, applicants are required to submit a $2,000 deposit within 15 days from date of the notification. The deposit is nonrefundable, but is applied toward the applicant's fall semester tuition, in the PharmD program solely.
At the time an applicant is notified of their acceptance (or conditional acceptance) into the program, a criminal background check will be completed through Certiphi. The University of Utah College of Pharmacy is fully committed to policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity, and vigorously pursues affirmative action in all programs, activities, and employment with regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, and status as a person with a disability. Religion, sexual orientation, and status as a disabled veteran are also protected under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity employment policies.