How to apply to pharmacy school

How to apply to pharmacy school

Applying to pharmacy school can be a daunting and sometimes confusing process. The key is to start early, do your research, and plan ahead. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the application requirements and to better prepare you for the application process.

This checklist is intended to be used as a guide, so be sure to check the admission requirements of each individual schools you plan to apply to.

Do research and make a checklist

The first step you should do is research potential pharmacy schools you are interested in and make a list of which schools you plan to apply to. Make a checklist with all the application materials and prerequisite classes you will need to take to apply to each school.

Complete Pharmacy School prerequisites

Each pharmacy school will have their own list of required courses. As you do your course planning with the Student Affairs Office, cross reference the classes you are taking with the course requirements of each pharmacy school program.

If you follow our Pre-PharmD Sample Program, you should fulfill the pre-requisite classes for a majority of pharmacy schools.

Create your PharmCAS login account

When you’re ready to apply to Pharmacy School, create your PharmCAS login account. The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is the centralized application service to apply to PharmD programs. PharmCAS opens in July of each year and closes in November.

You will submit a web-based application which consists of:

  • Biographical information
  • Post secondary degree programs attended
  • Academic course history
  • Work experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Be aware it will take time to compile all of these sections. You will be responsible for completing your application, sending your supporting documentation and fees to PharmCAS online and on time, so start your application on PharmCAS as soon as possible.

Take the PCAT

As part of your pharmacy school application, applicants take the Pharmacy College Admission Test, also known as the PCAT. The exam is administered in a computer-based test format and includes questions in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Reading comprehension
  • Verbal skills

The PCAT is scored on a scale ranging from 200-600 with the median being 400. The 90th percentile is typically a score of 430. Some pharmacy schools usually require a minimum score on the PCAT as part of their admissions requirements. You should check with the specific admissions requirements for each school you are applying to.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Some PharmD programs require a supplemental application and fee which is to be submitted directly to the pharmacy school you are applying to. Check the application requirements of the individual schools you plan to apply to.

Compile the necessary materials to submit

Though individual schools will have their own specific application requirements, the core materials you will need to submit with your application include:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement

Use our Pharmacy School Timeline & Checklist cheat sheet to help plan out when to start compiling these materials.

For more information on the application process, application deadlines, and application instructions always check the PharmCAS website.
For additional assistance with applying to pharmacy school, contact the Student Affairs Office.