FAQs

How many students are accepted for each class?

Up to 120 students are admitted each year.

Is the PCAT required?

Yes. Scores must be presented from exams taken within the last four years before the year of fall entry. The PCAT may be taken more than once with a minimum composite percentile of 30 necessary for interview consideration. Scores should be sent directly to PharmCAS (code 0104) and to UAMS College of Pharmacy (code 0004).

When should I start the application process?

PharmCAS opens for applications in mid-July of the year before the year of fall entry. Applications may be submitted prior to completion of pre-pharmacy requirements but General Chemistry I and II and labs and Organic Chemistry I and lab must be completed with grades of “C” or better by the end of the fall semester in the year before fall entry. Pre-pharmacy coursework should be complete by the end of the spring semester before fall entry, but the Admissions Committee may grant a waiver to allow one course (not organic chemistry lecture or lab) to be completed in the first summer session before fall entry.

What is the admissions deadline?

PharmCAS application must be completed by March 1 of the year of fall entry. If invited for interview, supplemental application materials must be completed one week after the offer for interview.

I’ve submitted my PharmCAS application, now what?

After e-submitting your application, your application will be in “received” status. Once all your transcripts from each institution you have attended has arrived at PharmCAS, and at least two of the three recommendation letters have been received, your application will move into “complete” status. From that point, it will take approximately three weeks for your application and transcripts to be verified by PharmCAS staff. After the verification process is completed, your application will move into “verified” status. Then, colleges of pharmacy will be able to view your entire application and move forward in their review process. The UAMS COP will then invite selected applicants to complete the UAMS College of Pharmacy supplemental application and come to the Little Rock campus for an interview.

What is tuition for in-state and out-of-state students?

See Tuition & Fees here. There are Academic Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarships and Diversity Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarships available for highly competitive non-resident applicants. Applicants who are legal residents of Bowie or Cass counties in Texas may also be eligible for a Border County tuition waiver. For more information, go to http://studentfinancialservices.uams.edu/disbursementbilling/standard-waivers/. Applicants must be accepted by the UAMS COP before they can apply for a waiver.

Do you have a supplemental application?

Applicants with a completed and verified PharmCAS application and selected for interview will be provided information about the supplemental application process. If selected for interview, applicants will have one week to complete the supplemental application and have their interview scheduled. Applicants should not complete the supplemental application without receiving an email invitation to do so.

What are the minimum requirements to be considered for selection to be interviewed?

Applicants with a complete and verified PharmCAS application, a minimum PCAT composite of the 30th percentile and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50 as calculated by PharmCAS without using grade forgiveness are eligible to be considered for interview. PharmCAS will calculate GPA based upon coursework taken at each institution attended.

Do you accept international students?

The UAMS College of Pharmacy considers only applicants that are US citizens or hold a valid Permanent Resident/Resident Alien (green) card issued before the application deadline.

Do you require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

If English is not your native language, you are strongly encouraged to take the internet-based TOEFL. A score of 80 on the IBT (internet –based TOEFL) is acceptable.

Should I enter the courses I am enrolled in for fall and spring semesters in PharmCAS?

Yes — the Admissions Committee always looks at the courses applicants are currently enrolled in or are planning to take in the next semester. Specific courses like biochemistry, analytical chemistry, cell biology, genetics and other upper level biology or chemistry coursework are noted. Since admission decisions include consideration of the applicant’s enrollment in fall/spring coursework, applicants are expected to complete the planned coursework to avoid any jeopardy of their status.