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Admissions

All applications are processed through PharmCAS and are accepted no later than 10:59 pm Central Standard Time on February 1, 2016 for the class entering the following fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply and take the PCAT exam well in advance of the February 1, 2016 deadline, as the UAMS College of Pharmacy admits on a rolling basis. All applicants with a completed and verified PharmCAS application and selected for interview will be provided the information about supplemental application materials. There is a $100.00 supplemental fee that is neither refundable nor credited toward tuition/registration fees.

 

PharmCAS Application

Applicants should visit http://www.pharmcas.org/preparing-to-apply/application-process/ and read the Prepare Yourself to Apply page which includes PharmCAS instructions, checklist, and applicant code of conduct.

Application Checklist

Applicants should use the application checklist on the PharmCAS website at http://12.130.14.21/checklist/ for a step-by-step checklist of required application items to PharmCAS. All official transcripts from each institution attended, references, and PCAT scores should be sent directly to PharmCAS. Use the Transcript Request Form from within the PharmCAS application in the Colleges Attended link and select the print button to download the form. Applicants do not need to send official transcripts to UAMS College of Pharmacy, unless specifically requested by the college.

Early Decision Applications

The UAMS College of Pharmacy accepts early decision applications. The deadline for early decision applicants for fall 2016 is September 8, 2015, PharmCAS applications should be e-submitted along with all other application items by the deadline. The PCAT should be taken by July 9-10, 2015 in order to be eligible for early decision admissions. Applicants may only apply early decision to one pharmacy college (their first choice), and if accepted by that college, they are obligated to accept the offer. They will not be permitted to apply to other pharmacy colleges through PharmCAS. If applicants are denied early admission, their applications will be rolled over for consideration during regular admission.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required of all applicants and a minimum composite percentile of 30 is required for consideration of application. All applicants for the fall 2016 class must have taken the PCAT on or after January 2012. The test is given at several locations throughout the state and information may be obtained from the website: www.pcatweb.info. The PCAT may be taken more than once at the discretion of the applicant.

Selection

All applicants with a grade point average of 2.50 (as calculated by PharmCAS), or above, on their overall college record, a minimum composite percentile of 30 on the PCAT and a minimum grade of “C” in each of the pre-pharmacy course requirements, are eligible for consideration for interview and possible admission to the College of Pharmacy. When the application is complete and verified in PharmCAS, applicants selected for interview will be notified and provided the supplemental application information. Selection of students will be made on the basis of the applicant’s previous scholastic and aptitude records, personal interview, references, essay and PCAT scores in comparison with those of other applicants. Applicants must have completed at least eight hours of General Chemistry I and II (six hours of lecture and two hours of lab) and four hours of Organic Chemistry I (three hours of lecture and one hour of lab) with a grade of “C” or better by the February application deadline. For the entering class of 2016, all pre-pharmacy courses must be completed and official transcripts received by June 1, 2016. In some circumstances, the Admissions Committee may allow an applicant to complete a pre-pharmacy course during the summer I session of 2016.

Interview

A thorough explanation of the UAMS College of Pharmacy Multiple Mini-Interview admission process.

Acceptance

The College will use a modified rolling admissions process for fall 2016 admission. Applicants with complete and verified PharmCAS applications and selected by the Committee will be invited to interview during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Admissions Committee meetings will be scheduled after interview dates as needed with some letters of acceptance being offered. Final consideration for the admitted class and alternate list will be in early April 2016 after interview dates and receipt of January 2016 PCAT scores and other folder updates have occurred. Applicants with an incomplete folder or who do not have their coursework complete and verified in PharmCAS at the time of the final April 2016 Admissions Committee meeting will not be considered. Consult the “Important Dates for Fall 2016 Admissions” on this website for more information.

If an applicant has been accepted or placed on the alternate list, he/she may be denied admission prior to or at the time of enrollment if (1) the applicant fails to keep his/her file current; (2) the GPA shows a significant drop; (3) the applicant receives any grade of “D” or “F” during the fall 2015/spring 2016 semesters or if the applicant withdraws from any coursework during the fall 2015/spring 2016 semesters; or (4) information is received indicating that his/her character is such that he/she is not suited for the responsibility and privileges found in the practice of pharmacy. Any offer of admission is for the academic year 2016-17 only and no deferments are granted.

Residency

Although preference is given to residents of Arkansas, the College of Pharmacy is authorized to admit a number of highly competitive nonresident applicants. Some highly qualified non-resident applicants who receive offers of admission may be offered a Tuition Waiver Scholarship that will allow them to pay tuition at in-state rates for four years of the professional curriculum.

References

As detailed on the school page in PharmCAS, all applicants must present three references – two must be from college professors who have taught the applicant in class and one reference may be of the student’s choice. No personal recommendations will be considered. Committee references from several faculty members in the areas of biology/chemistry will count as the two required references from faculty members and are valued by the Admissions Committee. If the applicant’s college has a Committee reference program, applicants are strongly urged to use the Committee reference.

English Proficiency

The TOEFL exam is strongly suggested for all applicants for whom English is a second language. TOEFL scores may not be more than 2 years old. A minimum score of 80 on the internet based exam is considered acceptable. TOEFL scores should be released directly to PharmCAS (code 8246). Information on testing sites and scheduling may be obtained from the TOEFL website: www.TOEFL.org or from www.ets.org. TOEFL scores must be received by February 1 of the application year.

International Students

The UAMS College of Pharmacy will consider only applicants who are U.S. citizens or have a valid Permanent Resident/Resident Alien card as of the application deadline. The applicant must submit a notarized copy of the Permanent Resident/Resident Alien card with their supplemental application and present the original document to the Admissions Office at the time of interview.