Application Instructions 2018

The PharmCAS Application is coming soon in July for Fall 2018 enrollment!

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy participates with PharmCAS, the Pharmacy College Application Service. PharmCAS is an application service offered by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and is utilized by approximately 70% of the pharmacy schools across the country. This service provides the opportunity of completing single electronic application and submitting it to multiple pharmacy schools, thus saving the applicant time by preventing the duplication of application efforts. All eligible applicants must have submitted their applications through PharmCAS by January 5th, 2018.

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Note to Transfer Students
In addition to filing the School of Pharmacy Application, you are required to submit a separate application to the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office (Please refer to the Transfer Student Page to see if this applies to you!). The university application must be correctly filed with all supporting documents as required by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. More information regarding the university admissions policies and procedures for transfer students may be found on the Transfer Admissions website.

Criteria for Admission

You are eligible to fill out the application for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Professional Program if you have met the following criteria:

  • Complete required prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester in order to be considered for fall enrollment.
  • The PCAT is required and must be taken no later than January of the year in which you are seeking fall enrollment. Please review the PCAT Strategy Review power point presentation developed by our Pharm.D. students.
  • Submit a valid TOEFL IBT with a total score of 102 or higher, and with a speaking sub-score of 25 or higher, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) speaking band score of 7.5 or higher, if English is not your native language or primary language of secondary instruction.
  • In addition to the PharmCAS application, transfer applicants must complete an application with the University of Connecticut Office of Transfer Admissions by April 1st.

Applications that do not meet the above criteria or that are not submitted properly cannot be considered for admission.  If you have any questions regarding your particular situation, please contact the Professional Program Office directly at (860) 486-2216. Admission to the School of Pharmacy is competitive and considered holistically upon the following criteria:

  1. Math/science prerequisite GPA
  2. Academic record
  3. PCAT score
  4. Non-academic experiences (e.g. organizations, healthcare / science / clinical related experience, certifications, work experience, etc.)
  5. Service and outreach
  6. Recommendations & personal statements
  7. Interview

Materials Must be Submitted Directly to PharmCAS

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be an essay, clearly and concisely written, articulating your educational and professional pharmacy goals. You are limited to approximately 1 page (4500 characters, including spaces).  The personal statement is an important part of the application process because it can add a dimension that cannot be obtained from transcripts, application forms, or recommendation forms. A well-written personal statement is an opportunity for you to convey a more complete view of who you are as an individual. Include your background and past experiences that relate to the professional pharmacy program. The Admissions Committee is looking for evidence of commitment, motivation, and compatibility with the goals of our professional program.  (Please see PharmCAS Instructions for further detail.)

Official Post Secondary Transcripts

You must submit transcript(s) of all collegiate work completed to date, including a UConn transcript and official transcripts for work completed at other institutions (including college courses taken during high school) through the fall semester.  It is strongly recommended to submit your official transcript during the fall semester and then update once it becomes final, so not to miss important deadlines. Any applicant who has completed coursework at an international university or college MUST have their foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the foreign transcript evaluation services.  DO NOT send foreign transcripts directly to the School of Pharmacy.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendation forms are required as part of your application and are available as part of your PharmCAS application.  At least one of the two recommendations must be from an academic professor or teaching assistant.

PCAT

Official scores must be submitted from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by all applicants.  The last opportunity to take the PCAT exam for the fall application cycle will be January of that year.  Without jeopardy, applicants may take the PCAT more than once, with the highest score being considered for admission purposes.  For more information and registration details, please refer to the PCAT website.

English Proficiency Examination Scores (IELTS and/or TOEFL)

All applicants whose native language is not English, or whose primary language of instruction while in high school was not English, must submit official scores from either the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEFL.  A minimum score of 7.5 is required on the IELTS. Information regarding this test may be found on the IELTS website. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL (internet-based) is within the range of 102-109, with a minimum speaking sub-score of 25.  Applicants who declare on the application that English is not the Native Language or the Primary Language of Instruction and who do not take either the IELTS or TOEFL, or who do take these tests and receive scores below the minimum requirement, will not be considered for admission to the professional program.

Materials must be submitted to the UConn School of Pharmacy

Due | January 5th  –  Course Descriptions

Applicants who completed any of the math, science, English or general education (microeconomics and social science) prerequisites outside of UConn must submit course descriptions of these courses.

Due | January 5th  –  Evaluated Transcripts

Must be submitted for all coursework completed at international institutions.   Additional information and evaluation services may be located on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Due | Mid- April -Beginning of May- Spring Academic PharmCAS Update

All applicants are responsible for updating their PharmCAS Applications with their final spring semester grades.  PharmCAS will send out details.

Due | Upon Completion of Spring Semester Coursework  – Official Final Transcripts (Requested only from students with transfer credits)

Official copies of the transcript must be sent to both:

School of Pharmacy – Admissions
University of Connecticut
69 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3092
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3092

University of Connecticut – Office of Transfer Admissions
2131 Hillside Rd. Unit 3088
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3088

Application Dates and Timeline for the Fall 2018 Admission Cycle

2017 Fall Semester: Complete and submit PharmCAS Application including all required supplemental documentation. Submit official transcripts of all completed post-secondary coursework to PharmCAS in order to initiate PharmCAS verification process (this would include any college coursework completed during high school)

January 5, 2018:  PharmCAS Application Deadline for all Pharm.D. applicants.  Supplemental materials are due to the School of Pharmacy Professional Program Office.

January 2018:  Last opportunity to take the PCAT for fall 2018 enrollment.

November 2017 through March 2018: Competitive interview process takes place for Pharm.D. Admissions. (Interviews will be prioritized according to prerequisite and application completion and competitiveness – so complete and submit your application EARLY)

February, 2018:  End of academic update period in PharmCAS.

April 1, 2018:  Application deadline for the Undergraduate Transfer Supplemental Application and all supporting documents (e.g. application fee, official high school and post-secondary transcripts, etc…)  Please visit our Transfer Information Page to determine if you are considered a transfer student.

April 15 – June 26:  Update PharmCAS application with your spring and summer courses during the academic update window. For decision-making purposes, please complete this academic update as soon as your grades become available. (See PharmCAS Academic Update Instructions for more information)

July 1,  2018:  Application deadline for readmission to the Dean of Students Office, however, please submit this application as soon as you learn your Pharm.D. admission status if this process is appropriate for you

After Acceptance into the Professional Pharmacy Program

Criminal background checks will be conducted on all accepted students.  In some cases, applicants may want to contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to determine if their criminal offense(s) will prevent them from participating in curriculum-based pharmacy practice experiences or from obtaining a license to practice pharmacy in a particular state.