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PCAT Prep Summer Program 2015

 

Through a partnership between the UAMS College of Pharmacy (COP), UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs (CDA), and National Pharmacists Association of Arkansas (NPAA); the PCAT Prep Summer Program is being offered this summer (2015) to underrepresented minority pre-pharmacy students applying to the College of Pharmacy during the next application cycle for admission to the fall 2016 P1 class. The partnership is based on CDA’s outreach and recruitment focus toward the recruitment of underrepresented minority (URM) students, on NPAA’s longstanding efforts to provide PCAT prep opportunities to minority students, and on the College of Pharmacy’s mission that seeks to “improve health of culturally diverse populations.” In conjunction with this mission, the PCAT Prep Summer Program was developed to ensure prospective URM pharmacy school applicants with equal opportunity, and to ensure diversity at UAMS as well as within Arkansas’ pharmacy profession. The program includes Kaplan PCAT preparatory sessions, pre-pharmacy workshops, pharmacy shadowing, and a culminating networking reception. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

 

Application (PCAT Prep Program – 2015 Program Outline and Application)
The application will be available via hard copy and online at the College of Pharmacy and Center for Diversity Affairs websites. Applications must be complete and submitted by 5:00 p.m., F r i d a y , May 1, 2015. Applications, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts should be forwarded to:

 
Director of Admissions
College of Pharmacy – Slot # 522
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham ● Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7122

 

Academic Requirements
• Minimum GPA – 2.7
• Completion of Chemistry I and II with labs as well as Organic Chemistry I with lab, with a “C” grade or higher
• Minimum composite score of 20 on the PCAT (if previously taken), or a composite score of 20 on the ACT if the applicant has never previously taken the PCAT

 

Program Eligibility
• Status as underrepresented minority (URM) in pharmacy: African American, Hispanic, Native American
• Arkansas residency and U.S. citizenship status in accordance with UAMS Admission Requirements
• Priority will be given to applicants who have previously taken the PCAT and applied to pharmacy school
• Students will be required to remit a $199 deposit, which will be due only upon enrollment in the program. Deposits must be paid by check, and will be refunded at the end of the program on the condition of 100% attendance

 

Important Dates
Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015
Student Notification of Acceptance to Program: Monday, May 11, 2015

 

 

Program Curriculum
The program consists of 17 Kaplan sessions, 3 workshops, at least one shadow experience and a culminating networking reception. The Kaplan sessions occur over a range of dates that depends on which Kaplan Advantage Anywhere schedule you select. The mandatory pre-pharmacy workshops will take place on two Friday and a Saturday afternoon during the course of the program in June and July. Program participants must complete at least one shadow experience during the program cycle. The program will close with a Thursday evening networking reception on the campus of UAMS.

 

KAPLAN Course Curriculum
Session 1 – Diagnostic Exam
Session 2 – PCAT Strategy 1/Reading Comprehension 1 Session 3 – Biology 1
Session 4 – General Chemistry 1
Session 5 – Schedule Your Organic Chemistry 1 Flex 1 Session 6 – Verbal Ability 1 / Writing 1
Session 7 – Quantitative Ability 1
Session 8 – Schedule Your Biochemistry Flex Session 9 – Full Length 1 Exam – Take at Home
Session 10- Reading Comprehension 2
Session 11 – Biology 2
Session 12 – General Chemistry 2
Session 13 – Schedule Your Organic Chemistry 2 Flex Session 14 – Verbal Ability 2 / Writing 2
Session 15 – Quantitative Ability 2 / PCAT Strategy 2 Session 16 – Schedule Your Calculus Flex
Session 17 – Full Length 2 Exam – Take at Home

 

 

Shadow Experience / Networking Reception
Students will shadow a pharmacist at least once during the course of the program. The CDA will provide PPSP students an outline of shadow resources and scheduling options. PPSP students will be responsible for arranging their own shadow appointments from the list of mentor resources provided or with a program-approved pharmacist the student coordinates with independently. In order for students to be credited with 100% attendance, at least one shadow experience must be completed and documented.
Representatives from institutional and professional pharmacy organizations will be invited to a reception to provide students an opportunity to meet and visit with pharmacists representing the UAMS College of Pharmacy, the NPAA, CDA staff, SNPhA pharmacy students, and other pre-pharmacy students. Presence is mandatory for students to be credited with 100% attendance.

 

 

Program Schedule
ON-CAMPUS SESSIONS

 

SESSION DAY DATE TIME LOCATION
WORKSHOP I: Monday 1-Jun-15 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. UAMS College of Pharmacy – 6th FL Conference Room
UAMS/Program Orientation, Application & Admissions, Financial Aid
WORKSHOP II: Wednesday 10-Jun-15 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. UAMS College of Pharmacy – 6th FL Conference Room
Service, Professionalism, Tour
WORKSHOP III: Personal Statements, Dinner, Mock Interviews Wednesday 17-Jun-15 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
COPH – 2280 and 8  FL
Clinical Skills Center
Networking Reception Thursday 23-Jul-15 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. UAMS College of Pharmacy – 6th FL Conference Room

 

Program Schedule

DATE TOPIC TIME/LOCATION
5/31/2015 Completion of Diagnostic Test TBA
6/1/2015 Workshop I 5:00PM – 8:30PM
6/3/2015 PCAT Strategy 1/ Reading Comprehension 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
6/5/2015 Biology 1 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
6/8/2015 General Chemistry 1 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH Rm G232
6/10/2015 Workshop II 5:00PM – 7:00PM
6/12/2015 Verbal Ability 1/ Writing 1 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
6/15/2015 Quantitative Ability 1 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
6/17/2015 Workshop III 5:00PM – 7:00PM
6/22/2015 Full Length 1 – Take at Home 5:00PM – 9:30PM COPH RM 3/202
6/24/2015 Reading Comprehension 2 5:00PM – 8:00PM
COPH RM 3/202
6/26/2015 Biology 2 5:00PM – 8:00PM
COPH RM 3/202
6/29/2015 General Chemistry 2 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
7/6/2015 Schedule Your Organic Chemistry 2 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
7/8/2015 Verbal Ability 2 /Writing 2 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
7/10/2015 Quantitative Ability 2/PCAT Strategy 2 5:00PM – 8:00PM COPH RM 3/202
7/15/2015 Schedule Your Calculus Flex 5:00PM – 7:00PM
COPH RM 3/202
7/17/2015 Full Length 2 – Take at Home 5:00PM – 9:30PM COPH RM 3/202
7/23/2015 Networking Reception 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Pharmacy Conference RM 6th FL