Welcome to the PharmD Program Overview
Why Choose A Career In Pharmacy?
“The PharmD program represents a collaborative effort of the four academic departments of the College of Pharmacy, i.e., the departments of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacotherapy.”
College of Pharmacy Informational Tour
Ryan Boyack, Development Director of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, takes us through a quick look at what makes our college unique to the students that come here.
Frequently Asked Questions
We do not require that you have a Bachelor’s degree to enter our program. Students entering the program without a bachelor's degree will need to complete the general education courses required by their undergraduate institution.
Starting this admissions cycle (2021-2022), we will no longer be requiring the PCAT. Those who have already taken the PCAT may include it in their application, but it will neither positively or negatively effect the outcome of one's application.
- There are plenty of things that you can to strengthen your application. Some of the options include: pharmacy shadowing experience, getting your pharmacy tech license, finding new volunteer activities, participating in some sort of club leadership, getting involved with your universities Pre-Pharmacy club, and many more.
- As you prepare to apply, you can contact our Pre-Pharmacy advisor Kamryn Shepherd to set up an appointment to discuss your plans moving forward.
If you are taking courses from an accredited university, they will most likely transfer over. You can make sure by checking your course description and comparing it to the University of Utah’s course description.
- We currently offer a Dean’s Top-Ten Scholarship for applicants who rank in the top-ten of our applicant pool after interviews
- A new scholarship is available to the 10 highest ranked out-of-state students in the top 50% of the applicant pool which will allow cover the difference between nonresident and resident tuition and fees during the first year in the PharmD program.
- Additionally, there are scholarships available to top students who submit their applications early in the cycle. These are offered on a case-by-case basis.
- Throughout your time in our program, there are various opportunities to receive more scholarships. Those are made available to the students each year. To learn more about scholarships, visit our Financial Aid page.
We allow you to take a course up to three times. Although, we will take the highest course grade from your first or second attempt.
Yes, and most of our students do! We recommend that students do not work more than 15-20 hours a week, as this is a rigorous program and commitment. You will also have opportunities to work and learn in a variety of pharmacy settings as a pharmacy intern.
The goal of the PharmD program is to develop individuals into excellent pharmacists who provide leadership in their organizations and service to their community. Experiences outside the classroom are essential to becoming this type of pharmacist and include employment (in and out of healthcare), leadership roles, service/volunteer activities. While not required healthcare and pharmacy related experience is highly recommended, and will strengthen your application. Consistent and long-term commitment to service is the preferred form of volunteerism. Leadership in multiple arenas is welcome and encouraged. Be sure to list all your paid work experience, volunteer, or extracurricular experiences in the Experiences section of your PharmCAS application, not just pharmacy or healthcare related experience.
- Pharmacy, healthcare and work experience
- Pharmacy or healthcare experience isn't required, but is preferred and will strengthen your application.
- Approximately half of each incoming class has experience as a pharmacy technician.
- Pharmacy experience also includes shadowing or interviewing practicing pharmacists.
- Include all employment experiences in your application.
- Community service / volunteer experience
- Focus on helping people and creating positive change demonstrates the ideal traits of a pharmacist who can provide service to their community after graduation.
- Demonstrated commitment to community service and volunteerism is to key to a strong application.
- Long term commitment to a cause and consistency is preferred.
- Please list all service/volunteer experience on your PharmCAS application.
- Leadership experience
- Leadership centers on working with others to accomplish shared goals and comes from a variety of life experiences and roles including but not limited to work, student organizations, volunteer work, school, home, etc.
- Leadership experience should be noted in the Leadership section of your PharmCAS application and, in addition, can be expressed in your personal statement.
- Research experience
- Professional or academic experience in employment or undergraduate settings is encouraged and reflects a commitment to discovering new knowledge.
- Research publications can be uploaded to your PharmCAS application as supplemental information.
Please contact the advising office to discuss your experience section in order to strengthen your application. The committee takes a holistic approach in review of files so including all the experience listed above with improve your application.
Here at the University of Utah, we are proud supporters of research, and many of our faculty members are currently working on their own projects. We invite interested students to get involved in this research by participating in programs, like P-SURF. This program allows students to get a hands on experience, and jumpstart their research opportunities.
Currently, for the 2021-2022 school year we are planning on returning to in person classes with precautions. We encourage all of our students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, all students are expected to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and will be required to wear a mask while on campus.