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PCAT Prep Program

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 (2014) to underrepresented minority students applying to the College of Pharmacy during the next application cycle for admission to the fall 2015 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. Accepted students will select from 17 Kaplan online classroom schedules and attend all campus workshops and networking receptions held at UAMS. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.     

Application

Applicants with a complete, verified application in the Pharmacy College Application System (PharmCAS) do not need to provide a personal statement, references or official transcripts since those items have been submitted to PharmCAS and are available for review.  Applicants are welcome to submit additional references using the PCAT Prep Application Reference form if they choose.  Final grades for the spring 2013 semester, if enrolled, must be forwarded to the Registrar once they are posted.

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., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Applications, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts should be forwarded to:

Registrar, College of Pharmacy – #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                                                                                                     Thursday, May 1, 2014

Student Notification of Acceptance to Program                                                           Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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 Fridays and a Saturday 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

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 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 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 resources provided or with an approved pharmacist with whom that the student coordinates independent of the list provided. 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 and CDA staff. Presence is mandatory for students to be credited with 100% attendance.

Program Schedule

ON-CAMPUS  SESSIONS

SESSION

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

WORKSHOP I:

UAMS/Program Orientation, Application & Admissions, Financial Aid

Friday

May 30, 2014

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

UAMS College of Pharmacy – Ed II Building 6th floor
Conference Room

WORKSHOP II:

Service, Professionalism, Tour

Friday

June 13, 2014

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

UAMS College of Pharmacy – Ed II Building 6th floor
Conference Room

WORKSHOP III:

 Personal Statements, Lunch, Mock Interviews

Saturday

June 28, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

COPH – 2280 & 8th floor clinical skills center

Networking Reception

Thursday

July 17, 2014

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

UAMS College of Pharmacy – Ed II Building 6th floor
Conference Room

KAPLAN ONLINE SESSIONS*

SESSION  CODE

CLASS  DAYS/TIMES

FIRST-LAST CLASS TERM

PLGL14105

Sundays 6-9 p.m./ Saturdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

4/27 – 6/21

PLGL 14107

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

5/13 – 6/17

PLGL 14108

Monday & Wednesday – 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

5/21 – 6/30

PLGL14109

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

5/22 – 6/26

PLGL14110

Saturdays 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. / Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

5/31 – 7/16

PLGL14111T

Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

6/5 – 7/10

PLGL14112

Mondays & Wednesday & Fridays
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

6/6 – 7/7

PLGL14113

Saturdays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m./ Mondays & Wednesdays 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

6/14 – 7/9

PLGL14120

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

6/19 – 8/7

PLGL14121T

Mondays & Wednesdays 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

7/9 – 8/11

PLGL14122

Mondays & Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

07/14 – 8/18

PLGL14123

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

7/17 – 8/19

PLGL14124

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

7/17 – 8/21

PLGL14125

Mondays & Wednesdays 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

7/21 – 8/25

PLGL4126

Saturdays & Sundays & Monday (8/18)
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

7/20 – 8/23

PLGL14127T

Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

7/24 – 8/28

PLGL14129

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturdays 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

7/31 – 8/23

PLGL14130

Mondays & Wednesdays & Fridays
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

8/4 – 8/27

PLGL14131

Mondays & Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

08/21 – 9/10

*Note: Students will select Flex session and course exam dates/times from multiple online schedules

 

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