Pharm.D. Early Assurance Requirements

UConn School of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program

 

Early Assurance Highlights. Please see more details in the tabs below.

Effective for all admitted freshmen students entering BS in Pharmacy Studies in fall 2020 (also currently applies to pre-pharmacy or Special Program in Pharmacy (Honors) in fall 2019

  • The School of Pharmacy assures that all BS students, who maintain the criteria for EA, will get an interview for admission to the School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Professional program (we CAN NOT guarantee admission to the P1 year of the PharmD Program)
  • Early assurance eliminates the need to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
  • BS students who meet select criteria easily transition to Pharm.D. program
  • BS students get priority consideration for the Pre-Professional Living/Learning Community, which has proven to be integral to student success

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  • #33 ranked school of pharmacy in the U.S.
  • 94% of students enrolled in the UConn School of Pharmacy graduate on time
  • Accessible faculty and advisors help you to stay on track

Early Assurance Program – How It Works

UConn pre-professional students typically complete three semesters of prerequisite course work prior to applying to the School of Pharmacy. 

Beginning fall 2019, students enrolling into pre-pharmacy as freshmen are eligible for EA. Students that meet all stated criteria for EA are not be required to take the PCAT. 

Early Assurance allows students to track their guaranteed interview (and provide reassurance of their P1-year admissibility) with solid and quantifiable measurements.   EA applies to students enrolling as freshman into the BS Pharmacy Studies Program and BS Honors Pharmacy Studies.  

Students not meeting EA criteria can still apply to the School of Pharmacy but will be required to take the PCAT.

2019 is the last year enrolling Special Program in Pharmacy (SPiP) students. SPiP students are part of a diverse group of highly talented undergraduates at UConn. Honors students have a record of significant academic success and engagement. Students accepted into this pre-pharmacy program are held to UConn Honors criteria when applying to the School of Pharmacy.  Beginning fall 2020, SPiP  becomes, BS, Pharmacy Studies, Honors.

Early Assurance Criteria for Freshmen Entering Fall 2020

Apply to UConn Undergrad Admissions and indicate BS Pharmacy Studies, School of Pharmacy as selected major on the freshman application.

Complete the pre-professional plan of study within first 4 semesters, unless otherwise approved by the School of Pharmacy. All course work must be completed at UConn to be eligible for early assurance. No community college or other higher education credit will transfer. This insures understanding of critical core work.

AP or college-level (ECE) math and science coursework completed during high school must be repeated at UConn no matter what the score, in order to stay eligible for early assurance.  General Education AP courses taken in high school can transfer with appropriate score.

If a student chooses to use math and science AP credits they can still apply to the School of Pharmacy but will no longer be eligible for early assurance and will need to take the PCAT.

During the first semester of sophomore year, all students, including those meeting EA criteria, must submit an application to the UConn School of Pharmacy for the 4-year Pharm.D. Program using the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). If the student has met the GPA requirements noted below, the PCAT is NOT required.

As part of our School's admission requirements all candidates considered for the professional program must successfully complete an interview. The interview allows the School to evaluate each candidate's communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving, teamwork, commitment, and understanding of the pharmacy profession. Students meeting EA criteria are guaranteed an interview during sophomore year.

Insure that course work reflects best efforts. – Academic Criteria

Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0in all pre-pharmacy science and math courses by the end of each of the second, third, and fourth semesters. All science and math prerequisites are included in the early assurance GPA. In addition, the CUM GPA requirement is 3.4if a student is in the Honors program. 

Complete all enrolled courses with a grade equal to or greater than C(including the prerequisite coursework). 

Repeat grades will not be used in calculating the early assurance GPA.

Course drops are not permitted. A withdrawal noted on a transcript disqualifies the student from early assurance.

If a student has met our requirements and has submitted a complete application to PharmCAS, they are on the road to a earning a Pharm.D. degree from the UConn School of Pharmacy.

What if I Don’t Meet Early Assurance Criteria?

Students who do not meet early assurance requirements are still eligible for entry into the School of Pharmacy. They will, however, need to submit a PCAT score.

Those who are concerned about not meeting the early assurance requirements are advised to take the PCAT during their sophomore year to insure consideration for entry into the professional program.

All BS Pharmacy Studies students, including honors, are provided with academic advising within the School of Pharmacy.  Students must email Jenna Henderson (jenna.henderson@uconn.edu) in the School of Pharmacy for advising including transitional major advising if not accepted into the professional program.

Pre-Professional Academic Plan of Study

1st Pre-Professional Year – Freshman Fall Semester

Course Number Credits Course Name
BIOL 1107 4 Principles of Biology
CHEM 1127Q 4 General Chemistry
MATH 1131Q 4 Calculus
ECON 12011 3 Principles of Microeconomics

1st Pre-Professional Year – Freshman Spring Semester

Course Number Credits Course Name
ENGL 1011 or 1010 4 Academic Writing
CHEM 1128Q 4 General Chemistry II
PHYS 1201Q 4 General Physics
Arts & Humanities1 3 General Education Requirement
Diversity Course1 3 General Education Requirement

2nd Pre-Professional Year – Sophomore Fall Semester

Course Number Credits Course Name
SOCI 10011,3 3 Introduction to Sociology
PNB 2264 or 2274 4 Human Physiology & Anatomy
CHEM 2443 3 Organic Chemistry
MCB 2610 4 Fundamentals of Microbiology
Diversity Course1 3 General Education Requirement

2nd Pre-Professional Year – Sophomore Spring Semester

Course Number Credits Course Name
MCB 2000 or MCB 3010 4 or 5 Introduction to Biochemistry / Biochemistry
PNB 2265 or 2275 4 Human Physiology & Anatomy II
CHEM 2444 3 Organic Chemistry II
Writing Course1,2 3 General Education Requirement
Arts & Humanities1 3 General Education Requirement

key:

1 These courses do not need to be taken in the semester indicated. Math and science prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year seeking enrollment into the Pharm.D. program. Speak with your advisor to stay on track.

1,2 It is possible for the Writing requirement to be fulfilled by courses in general education content areas 1, 2, or 4. 3 May be filled by any 1000-level sociology, psychology or anthropology course from content area 2.

Substitutions - CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q, and 1126Q will be averaged and substituted for CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q. The same applies for other approved substitutions.

Physics - Physics 1401Q, 1501Q, etc., may be substituted for Physics 1201Q. Taking another physics course, however, (e.g. PHYS 1401Q, 1501Q, etc.) in addition to PHYS 1201Q may be considered repetition of a prerequisite.

AP Work - AP scores of 4-5 are accepted as replacements for coursework. When AP work is applied toward prerequisites, the number of total prerequisite credits is reduced by the number of credits earned by that AP work. AP work is not reflected in your overall GPA. We recommend that students take math and science courses again at UConn to reinforce this important foundation information.
Rounding for GPA - The School of Pharmacy does not round when calculating grade point averages.  For example, a 2.999 will not be rounded to a 3.0.

Early Assurance Academic Criteria – For Freshmen Entering Fall 2019

Below are the steps to take to meet our early assurance criteria:
  • Apply to UConn Undergrad Admissions and indicate pre-pharmacy as your major on your freshman application or apply to the Special Program in Pharmacy (SPiP).
 
  • Complete the pre-pharmacy plan of study as outlined above unless otherwise approved by the School of Pharmacy. All course work must be completed at UConn to be eligible for early assurance. No community college or other higher education credit will transfer. This insures understanding of critical core work.AP or college-level (ECE) math and science coursework completed during high school must be repeated at UConn no matter what the score, in order to stay eligible for early assurance.  General Education AP courses taken in high school can transfer with appropriate score.If a student chooses to use math and science AP credits they can still apply to the School of Pharmacy but will no longer be eligible for early assurance and will need to take the PCAT.
 
  • As part of our School's admission requirements all candidates considered for the professional program must successfully complete an interview. The interview allows us to evaluate each candidate's communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving, teamwork, commitment, and understanding of the pharmacy profession. Those students who qualify for the early assurance program will be offered an interview during their freshman spring semester.
   
  • Insure that your course work reflects your best efforts.
 
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all pre-pharmacy science and math courses by the end of each of your second, third, and fourth semesters (3.4 if you are in the Honors program).  All science and math prerequisites are included in the Early Assurance GPA, including college courses that are approved as UConn equivalent. If you are in the Special Program in Pharmacy, the GPA requirement is 3.4. See Early assurance for SPiP students tab below.

Complete all enrolled courses with a grade equal to or greater than C (math and science courses excepted as noted above).  Repeat grades will not be used in calculating the early assurance GPA.

Course drops are not permitted. A withdrawal noted on your transcript disqualifies you from early assurance.

  If you have met our requirements and have submitted a complete application to PharmCAS, you are on the road to a earning a Pharm.D. degree from the UConn School of Pharmacy.

Early Assurance Academic Criteria – For Freshmen Entering Fall 2020

Below are the steps to take to meet our early assurance criteria:
  • Apply to UConn Undergrad Admissions and indicate Pharmacy Studies as your major on your freshman application.
 
  • Complete the pre-professional plan of study as outlined above unless otherwise approved by the School of Pharmacy. All course work must be completed at UConn to be eligible for early assurance. No community college or other higher education credit will transfer. This insures understanding of critical core work. AP or college-level (ECE) math and science coursework completed during high school must be repeated at UConn no matter what the score, in order to stay eligible for early assurance.  General Education AP courses taken in high school can transfer with appropriate score. If a student chooses to use math and science AP credits they can still apply to the School of Pharmacy but will no longer be eligible for early assurance and will need to take the PCAT.
 
  • As part of our School's admission requirements all candidates considered for the professional program must successfully complete an interview. The interview allows us to evaluate each candidate's communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving, teamwork, commitment, and understanding of the pharmacy profession. Those students who qualify for the early assurance program will be offered an interview during their freshman spring semester.
 
  • During the first semester of your sophomore year, submit an application to the UConn School of Pharmacy for the 4-year Pharm.D. Program using the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). If you have been at UConn since freshmen year and have met the GPA requirements noted below, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is NOT required.
 
  • Insure that your course work reflects your best efforts.
 
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all pre-professional science and math courses by the end of each of your second, third, and fourth semesters (3.4 if you are in the Honors program).  All science and math prerequisites are included in the Early Assurance GPA, including college courses that are approved as UConn equivalent. If you are in the Honors program, the GPA requirement is 3.4.

Complete all enrolled courses with a grade equal to or greater than C (math and science courses excepted as noted above).  Repeat grades will not be used in calculating the early assurance GPA.

Course drops are not permitted. A withdrawal noted on your transcript disqualifies you from early assurance.

  If you have met our requirements and have submitted a complete application to PharmCAS, you are on the road to a earning a Pharm.D. degree from the UConn School of Pharmacy.

Early Assurance for Pre-Professional Honors Students

Students accepted into the Honors level pre-professional program become part of UConn’s Honors learning community and are able to access special enrichment classes as well as housing.

Honors students are held to the UConn Honors standards and upon graduation get an honors designation with their degree. As such the requirement for early assurance in the Pharm.D. program is a 3.4 GPA.

Information for internal UConn Transfer and External Transfer Students

Admission to the first-year of the professional program is considered competitively, holistically, and on a space-available basis. Internal UConn major transfer students (students from majors other than the BS in Pharmacy Studies) and external Transfer students are not eligible for early assurance, will need to take the PCAT and apply to the School of Pharmacy through PharmCAS.

Internal UConn Major Change students, should follow the application instructions for non-EA uconn students found at: https://pharmacy.uconn.edu/admissions/pharmd/application-instructions/. External transfer students should refer to the School of Pharmacy’s transfers web page at: https://pharmacy.uconn.edu/admissions/pharmd/transfer-students.  Please email pharmacy@uconn.edu with any questions. We are happy to assist!

About the Pharmacy Learning Community

The early assurance initiative encourages living in the Pre-Professional (still referred to as pre-pharmacy) Pharmacy Living/Learning community. A BS Pharm Studies student who is planning to live at UConn in Storrs will be given priority consideration for our community floor located in Batterson Hall in the Northwest Quad. Others in the building include Nursing students and independent individuals, so students WILL meet people outside their major.

 

The pre-professional Pharmacy Learning/Learning Community supports students both academically and socially throughout the pre-professional years and has proven to be integral to student success. The community connects pre-professional freshmen and sophomore students with School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and peers, while introducing them to the many different pathways Pharm.D. graduates can take. Students will benefit from academic guidance, and enjoy social events, camaraderie, intramural sports, and clubs as they wish, while developing into an engaged and confident professional.

 How to apply for the Pre-Pharmacy Living/Learning Community

A student can apply for the Pharmacy pre-professional Living/Learning Community by selecting Pre-Pharmacy on their Residential Life housing application after they have submitted their UConn deposit. The School will make every effort to include all incoming freshmen who want live in the Pre-Pharmacy Living/Learning Community but students are encouraged to make their selection early to secure their spot.

All admissions requirements are subject to revision and review by the UConn School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee and may be revised without extensive notice.  Entry to the Pharm.D. program at the UConn School of Pharmacy is offered on a space available basis.

Please forward any questions to pharmacy@uconn.edu. We are here to help make the application process as easy as possible.