All applications are processed through PharmCAS and are accepted no later than 10:59 pm Central Standard Time on February 3, 2014 for the class entering the following fall semester. 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 registration fees.
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 2014 class must have taken the PCAT on or after June 2008. 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.
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 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, resume, 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 2014, all pre-pharmacy courses must be completed and official transcripts received by June 1, 2014. In some circumstances, the Admissions Committee may allow an applicant to complete a pre-pharmacy course during the summer I session of 2014.
The College will use a modified rolling admissions process for fall 2014 admission. Applicants with complete and verified PharmCAS applications and selected by the Committee will be invited to interview at two times during the fall 2013 semester. Admissions Committee meetings will be scheduled after interview dates as needed with some letters of acceptance being offered. Applicants not offered admission during the fall will be considered at the spring Committee meeting with their folders updated including new PCAT scores, fall 2013 grades, etc. Final consideration for the admitted class and alternate list will be in early March 2014 after interview dates in January and February, receipt of January 2014 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 March 2014 Admissions Committee meeting will not be considered. Consult the “Important Dates for Fall 2014 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 2013/spring 2014 semester or if the applicant withdraws from any coursework during the fall 2013/spring 2014 semester; 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 2013-14 only and no deferments are granted.
Although preference is given to residents of Arkansas, the College of Pharmacy is authorized to admit a number of highly competitive nonresident applicants. All applicants claiming Arkansas residency in PharmCAS will be required to complete a Certificate of Residency Status form provided to them at the time of interview selection for a determination of Arkansas residency status for admission and tuition purposes by the UAMS campus.
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. 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.
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.
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 February 3, 2014. 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 Registrar at the time of interview.