Does the PCOM School of Pharmacy participate in the PharmCAS application service?
Does PCOM require a Supplemental Application?
Yes. When PCOM receives and processes your completed PharmCAS application, PCOM will send you a Supplemental Application via email. The Supplemental Application must be fully completed and sent back to PCOM before you can be considered for an interview.
What factors are considered for admission to PCOM?
Students will be evaluated on a variety of criteria. Academic performance in science courses, as well as overall academic performance, as determined by grade point average (GPA) are major criteria utilized by the Admissions Committee. Competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) are also considered. Professional preparedness, motivation, decision making and written and verbal communication skills are also evaluated. Prior degrees earned and previous pharmacy related work experience are additional considerations.
What does the “rolling application process” mean?
The rolling application process means that we review applications on an on-going basis from the beginning of the application year until all seats in the class are full. Once we receive completed applications, they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Interviews will be offered throughout the year to qualified students. If the interview is acceptable and there are seats remaining to be filled, then the candidate may be offered admission shortly following the interview. It is to your advantage to turn your application in as early as possible because of this process. Once the seats in the class are filled, qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. As positions become available, students on this list will be offered seats in our program.
What are the pharmacy prerequisite courses and how many credit hours do I need to enroll at PCOM?
PCOM requires sixty (60) semester credit hours of prerequisite coursework including General Biology I and II with live lab (8 credits); General Chemistry I and II with live lab (8 credits); Organic Chemistry I and II with live lab (8 credits); Physics with live lab (4 credits); Calculus (3 credits); Introductory Statistics (3 credits); English Composition (6 credits - 3 credits from English Literature is also acceptable); Economics (3 credits); Speech (3 credits); Social/Behavioral Science ie: History/Psychology/Sociology/Ethics (3 credits); Humanities ie: Art, Foreign Language, Music, Religion (3 credits); and Electives (8 credits).
Do I need a college degree to apply to and/or attend PCOM School of Pharmacy?
No. Qualified applicants who have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite coursework but do not attain a Bachelor’s degree can apply and enroll at PCOM. Qualified applicants may also apply and be offered admission without having completed all prerequisite coursework. However, all applicants must successfully complete prerequisite coursework before matriculating to the School of Pharmacy. Note also that while a Bachelor’s degree is not required, that the Admissions Committee gives preference to those students who have attained a Bachelor’s degree.
Can one class count toward multiple prerequisites?
No. Courses may not be counted for more than one prerequisite requirement.
Will PCOM accept pass/fail classes for prerequisites?
No. PCOM will NOT accept pass/fail classes for prerequisites. All courses used for prerequisites must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
Will PCOM accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits for prerequisites?
Yes, PCOM will accept AP credits. All AP credits must be given a grade equivalent of “C” or higher at the institution you attended and received credit.
Where can I complete my prerequisite coursework?
Students may complete their pre-professional course requirements at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
How do I convert quarter hours to semester hours?
In general, to convert from quarter hours to semester hours multiply the quarter hours by 2/3. Please use the following conversion chart as a guide.
Quarter Hours/Semester Hours
What if I have taken classes on the quarter system and after conversion I am short?
PCOM will round up the hours/credits when converting from quarter to semester hours. If the number of credit hours is insufficient after rounding, additional courses must be taken to fulfill the admissions requirements.
How is my GPA calculated for admissions consideration?
For admissions purposes, overall and science GPAs are calculated by PharmCAS: To calculate a GPA, PharmCAS determines your total number of quality points by multiplying semester credit hours attempted by the value of the verified PharmCAS grade. Quarter hours and units are converted to semester hours (quarter hours are multiplied by .667). The quality points are divided by the total number of hours for completed courses. PharmCAS will report your standardized GPA in semester-based 4.0 grading scale.
If I take coursework after submitting my PharmCAS application, how will PCOM know this?
You must update your PharmCAS application following the fall term. This information will be forwarded to PCOM once you have completed the updated PharmCAS.
Does PCOM require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)? What is the minimum score needed to apply?
Yes. In order to qualify for an interview and be granted admission to the School of Pharmacy, students are required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Information regarding the PCAT can be found on the PCAT website. Although no minimum PCAT score is required, students with composite scores less than 40 percent or subscores in science-related areas less than 25 percent are not likely to be competitive for admission.
Will January PCAT scores be accepted?
Yes. Keep in mind that students with complete applications will be invited for interviews first. Early applicants have an increased chance of an offer for an interview and acceptance into the school. Your application is not complete until the PCAT score is received along with all other admissions requirements. If the PCAT examination is taken in January, the School may not receive the student’s score until March and interviews will not be scheduled until the School has received the student’s PCAT score.
If I have taken the PCAT multiple times, which PCAT score will the Admissions Committee use when they review my application?
The Admissions Committee will take into consideration the highest composite PCAT score (regardless of whether this is the most recent score or not). PCAT scores must be taken within five years of the application date in order to be considered valid scores.
Does PCOM require interviews as a component of the admissions process?
Yes. In order to receive an offer of admissions to the PharmD program, you must be invited and participate in an on-campus interview.
Do all prerequisite courses have to be completed before submitting an application or receiving an invitation for an interview?
No. Prerequisite coursework does not have to be completed in order to submit an application or receive an interview invitation. However, all courses must have been successfully completed (with a grade of "C" or higher) no later than July 1 of the year you are applying for admission.
What information is required to be granted an interview?
Students with a complete application file who the Admissions Committee determines are qualified will be offered an interview. A completed application file is one where all of the following materials have been received by PCOM:
- Completed PharmCAS Application
- Completed PCOM Supplemental Application
- Official PCAT score
If I'm granted an interview, who will interview me?
Applicants can expect to be interviewed by faculty, current pharmacy students, preceptors and staff.
What is the proper dress attire for the interview?
Professional attire is required for the interview.
Is work experience in a pharmacy required to be admitted to PCOM School of Pharmacy? If I do have relevant experience, how do I document it?
No. It is, however, strongly recommended that all applicants gain some form of experience in pharmacy through employment as a technician, shadowing or volunteer work. Candidates who have prior experience in a pharmacy environment do receive consideration during the application process. Previous pharmacy-related work experience is not required for admission. However, students with such work experience are given greater consideration in the admissions process. On the Supplemental Application, you will be asked to provide a history of your pharmacy work or volunteer experience and be required to sign your name acknowledging the accuracy of the information provided.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
PCOM requires three letters of recommendation. We do not accept letters of recommendation from friends or family members. We recommend that you seek out reference letters from individuals who have had direct experience of you in an educational and/or professional setting who can attest to your work ethic, character and skills. Ideally this would include faculty members familiar with your academic abilities, pharmacists with whom you have worked in the past, previous work supervisors or advisors from experiences you may have had in education, research, patient exposure, community service and/or employment.
Can I apply for a transfer from another PharmD program to PCOM?
PCOM School of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on availability. Consideration will be given only to a student who is currently in good standing at an ACPE-accredited College or School of Pharmacy. Students who have been on probation, temporarily or permanently suspended, required to repeat classes, or involved in any adverse action as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty are not eligible for transfer.
To initiate a transfer, students should send a letter detailing the reason for the transfer request to the PCOM School of Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Academics and Assessment, along with an official transcript of all coursework in the College/School of Pharmacy, and a letter from the Dean of the College/School of Pharmacy stating that the student is currently in good standing and has never been on probation, suspended, required to repeat classes or had any adverse action taken as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty. A formal interview with the Admissions Committee may be required and the committee will decide whether to accept the transfer student and grant, if appropriate, credit for courses successfully completed at the previous college/school that meet PCOM’s curricular requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM School of Pharmacy for a student to be eligible to receive the PharmD degree.
How/when will I be informed of my admissions decision?
The Admissions Committee will review all interviewed applicants and the most-qualified applicants will be selected for the incoming class. You will be notified typically within a few weeks after the interview. Accepted applicants will be informed in writing by mail or e-mail of their admission to the school, and will be provided a packet of information necessary for matriculation. Students who interview but are not immediately selected for admission will be placed on a wait list. A student on the wait list may be accepted into the program if a position becomes available. Students that apply to the program that are not granted an interview will be placed on a hold list if they meet the minimum qualifications but are not as competitive as other students. Such students may receive an interview at a later date. Students not meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified at the end of the cycle in writing. PCOM does not disclose an applicant’s position on the official wait list.
If I am accepted and wish to attend PCOM, does PCOM require a seat deposit?
Yes. To confirm your place in the incoming class, we must receive a seat deposit. This deposit is non-refundable and must be received within the time frame noted in your acceptance letter (usually within 14 days of date of acceptance letter). Your deposit will be credited toward your first tuition payment for the Fall Term. The balance of your tuition and fees, minus your anticipated financial aid, will be due at the beginning of the fall term.
Does PCOM require a Criminal Background Check (CBC) and Drug Screen prior to matriculation?
Yes. PCOM participates in CBC and drug screen programs offered to all participating PharmCAS institutions through third party vendors. All accepted applicants to PCOM are required to complete a CBC and drug screen through these PharmCAS programs prior to enrolling. Information and instructions on these programs and how to complete them will accompany your acceptance letter.
The MS program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is achieved, therefore it is recommended for candidates to submit applications early. Classes begin in the summer term (early June).
The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. Following completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.
As an applicant to PCOM's School Psychology program, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.
In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.
Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the College's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.
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