Information for Incoming PharmD Students

Dear first-year PharmD student,

Congratulations on your acceptance to the UC Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are looking forward to your arrival in the fall! Review all of the information on this website and check back periodically for updates and new information.

Please use one of the following for all correspondence unless otherwise specified below:

MAIL (GENERAL)

UCI School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
101 Theory, Ste. 101
Irvine, CA 92697-3958

MAIL (TRANSCRIPT)

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Division – Transcripts
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180

EMAIL

Student Affairs Office: pharmd@uci.edu

If you have additional questions for UCI Graduate Division, please contact gradapplicant@uci.edu

Action Items Timeline
Now
Now
Now
On or after July 1, 2021
July 26 - Aug. 30, 2021
Deadline: Aug. 5, 2021
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021
Complete with DocuSign (Deadline: Aug. 15, 2021)

Other Important Information

Please review all of the information below and be sure to check back periodically as this area will be updated often.

2021-2022 Academic Calendar
Graduate Division Orientation (online, access will be sent)
Aug. 23, 2021 (tentative)
Student Health Center (Pharmacy Day)
Sept. 18, 2021 (tentative)
PharmD P-1 Student Orientation (all incoming students)
Sept. 15-17, Sept. 20-22, 2021
Fall Quarter Instruction Begins
Sept. 23, 2021
White Coat Ceremony
Sept. 24, 2021
CSHP Meeting
Nov. 2-6, 2021
Veterans Day
Nov. 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Nov. 24-26, 2021
Fall Quarter Final Exams
Dec. 4-10, 2021
Fee Payment Deadline - Winter Enrollment (Must be completed prior to close of business day. If paying at Central Cashier: 4:00 PM PST. If paying online: 5:00 p.m. PST. *Unpaid fees – classes will be dropped)
Dec. 15, 2021
Winter Recess Break
Dec. 13, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022
Winter Administrative Recess (Campus Offices Closed)
Dec. 23, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022
Winter Quarter & Instruction Begins
Jan. 3, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 17, 2022
President's Day
Feb. 21, 2022
Winter Quarter Final Exams
March 12-18, 2022
Fee Payment Deadline - Spring Enrollment (Must be completed prior to close of business day. If paying at Central Cashier: 4:00 PM PST. If paying online: 5:00 p.m. PST. *Unpaid fees – classes will be dropped)
March 15, 2022
Spring Break
March 21-25, 2022
Spring Quarter Instruction Begins
March 28, 2022
Spring Quarter Final Exams
June 4-9, 2022
CPhA (Western Exchange) Meeting
Dates unpublished at this time.

Activate Your UCINetID

Your UCInetID is a name-based user name at UC Irvine listed on your applicant portal. It consists of a 3-8 letter combination of your first and last name. A UCInetID is not a Student ID which consists of all numbers.

You will need to activate your UCInetID for Financial Aid, Housing, and Student Health, then once you matriculate you will need your UCInetID to log onto other university systems. As an applicant, you can activate your UCInetID at the following link: UCInetID Activation. You will need the following information to activate your UCInetID:

  • Your UCInetID and UCI Student ID Number (listed on the STATUS tab of your applicant portal)
  • Your birth date (mm/dd/yyyy)
  • The last four digits of your social security number
  • Remember, you will need the password you created for your UCInetID to log into most university systems.

UC Irvine Student Housing

UC Irvine Student Housing is now accepting applications! Applications are processed in the order received and include a $20 processing fee for all first-time housing applications. To maximize your housing options, complete your application today. You do not have to submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) before completing your application, as this was automatically transmitted to housing when you indicated your acceptance through your applicant portal. You will however, need to activate your UCInetID (not Student ID or AAMC ID) and password to access the housing application. If you have forgotten your UCInet ID password, you can change or reset your password by clicking here. Your UCInetID can be found on the STATUS tab home screen of your applicant portal.

Learn more about on-campus housing options on the Housing Website. Housing is not guaranteed so explore other options as well, including on-campus privately-managed American Campus Communities (furnished apartments) and off-campus options

Statement of Legal Residence

The Statement of Legal Residence is used by the campus registrar to make a determination of your legal state of residence for assessment of tuition and fees. All UC Irvine students are required to complete this form prior to matriculation. You will need an activated UCInetID to complete this form.

Obtain a new TB test / PPD or Interferon gamma release assay (IGRA)

Each year you will need to have a current PPD or IGRA to prove your TB status. Your TB test should be dated on or after July 1, 2021. Ideally, this should be completed before you matriculate; however, the Student Health Center will take appointments from our incoming students for a special medical student clinic scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 (Tentative). If you do not waive out of the student health insurance plan (GSHIP), your costs will be covered for required immunizations and titers performed at the Sept. 18 clinic (GSHIP coverage begins on Sept. 13). If you waive out of student health insurance then your ZOT (student) account will be charged. 

Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements

All registered student pharmacists in UC Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) are required to have health insurance. Each UCI student is automatically enrolled in the Graduate UC Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP), unless they can show proof of comparable coverage from another source and request a waiver.

  • Enroll in UC GSHIP: If you want to be enrolled in UC GSHIP, you are automatically enrolled.
  • Waive UC GSHIP: If you have comparable insurance and do not want to be enrolled in UC GSHIP, you must apply online for a UC SHIP waiver within the posted waiver periods and by the deadline date.

 

Academic Year 2021-2022

Start Period

End Period

Waiver Period

07/26/2021

08/30/2021

Late Waiver Period (subject to $50 late waiver fee if the late waiver is approved)

08/31/2021

09/29/2021

·     UC SHIP Waiver Criteria 2021-2022

·     UC SHIP Online Waiver Application

  • The services at the Student Health Clinic (SHC) are available to all students even if you waive UC SHIP. Students with insurance coverage other than SHIP typically pay lower fees for most services as compared with community rates (see Fees for Common Services).

 

Important SHC Policies for New Students to Read, Understand and Acknowledge

In addition to the above referenced admission health and health insurance requirements, new students, prior to their initial appointment at the Student Health Center (SHC), must acknowledge that they have read and understand other SHC policies:

 

You may acknowledge these policies at the time of appointment self check-in at SHC or on the Wellness, Health & Counseling Services secure Student Health Patient Portal

 

Immunization Requirements

The UC Irvine SPPS requires all incoming student pharmacists to obtain or show proof of the following Immunizations and Tuberculosis (TB) Screening.

 

Required Vaccinations and Screening

Required Dosage and Screening Information

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease).

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR positive titer. History of contracting the disease does not meet compliance.

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)

One (1) dose of adult Tdap vaccine (additional Td or Tdap if more than ten (10) years since last Tdap).

Hepatitis B

Series of three (3) Hepatitis B vaccinations for Engerix-B OR Recombivax HB OR series of two (2) Hepatitis B vaccinations for Heplisav-B AND provide serology to show immunity Quantitative Hep B surface antibody in mIU/mL regardless of Hepatitis B vaccine brand.

Meningococcal

 

One (1) dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACYW) on or after age 16 for all students who are ages 21 years or younger. Not required if student is older than 21 years.

Influenza and COVID-19

An updated “Immunization Policy” from the University of California is forthcoming. The policy will provide guidance for all students regarding the University’s plan to continue to mitigate the risk to the campus community of contracting and spreading vaccine-preventable illnesses including COVID-19 and influenza. 

The University of California (UC) has announced a proposed COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which would require all UC students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to physically be present on campus for attending classes, for living on campus (in UCI or in ACC housing) or for working on campus beginning this fall. We expect the University to issue the final COVID-19 vaccine policy by July 15, and it will require students to upload proof of vaccination through the UCI Student Health Portal.

Under the policy, you must complete your vaccination no later than two weeks before fall term starts. Details about narrow exceptions will be made available when the final policy is issued, but students who are not vaccinated must, at a minimum, wear masks and participate in regular COVID-19 testing. We will communicate the details of the final policy when it is published, including the process for requesting an exception under the policy.

Upload your vaccination record – If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, or once you receive it, please upload your vaccination record by visiting the UCI Student Health Center Patient Portal. You can do that even before the policy issues (you can do it today). Step-by-step instructions for uploading your vaccination record can be found here. Additionally, please view this short video tutorial that walks you through the upload process. 
 
If you need assistance with finding a vaccination appointment or you are having trouble uploading your vaccine record, contact Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services (CTVNS) at 949.824.2300 or contacttracing@uci.edu
 
As a reminder and in addition to the anticipated COVID-19 vaccination requirement, incoming students must also obtain four other vaccines (or provide evidence of compliance) and complete a TB Initial Risk Screening Questionnaire. Non-compliance with this Health Clearance requirement may result in a Registration Hold for the Winter Quarter, so please take the time to upload your records for these vaccinations as well. Additional information can be found here
 
Please visit the UCI Forward site for timely updates on campus safety precautions and public health advisories. The health, well-being and success of our campus community remain our top priority as we prepare to welcome you to campus this fall. 

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening & Testing

·     Complete a TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire

·     Proof of a current negative two (2)-step PPD or Interferon gamma release assay (IGRA).

·     Your TB test should be dated on or after July 1, 2021.

 

Student pharmacists who fail to submit this documentation will be placed on an academic hold by the Student Health Center (SHC) Director and cannot register for courses the following quarter.  

 

Health Clearance

For new student pharmacists, all immunization records and TB screening will need to be completed and uploaded to the Student Health Center to receive a health clearance.

Student Health Insurance

As a student at UC Irvine you will be required to have health insurance coverage. As an accepted student, you are automatically enrolled in the graduate student health insurance plan (GSHIP). A full description of the GSHIP insurance plan can be found at https://shc.uci.edu/insurance/uc-ship-benefits-and-information/gship

If you choose to waive out of the GSHIP plan, then you must provide proof of health insurance coverage that complies with UC’s waiver criteria. Details regarding GSHIP waiver criteria, the waiver process, and the online waiver application can be found at: https://shc.uci.edu/insurance/waiving-ship/apply-for-waiver The links to the 3rd party waiver vendor, Academic Health Plans (AHP), are activated on the first day of the relevant waiver period. A $50.00 fee will be charged to your ZOT account if you submit a waiver after the published deadline date. This fee is not charged to your account if your GSHIP waiver is ultimately denied.

The GSHIP waiver period is:

Entering Class        July 26 – August 30, 2021
If you choose the GSHIP plan, your coverage starts Sept. 13, 2021

Dependent Coverage

All graduate students who are enrolled in GSHIP have the option to enroll eligible dependents in a voluntary plan. The plan provides medical insurance and the option to add dental and vision benefits. NOTE: If both student parents are covered by GSHIP, their children may be covered as the dependents of either student, but not both.

Enrollment in the dependent plan is managed by Academic Health Plans (AHP) on behalf of GSHIP/UCOP and all carriers. The cost of the dependent premiums is payable directly to AHP. For dependent plan enrollment questions and plan information, please refer to https://shc.uci.edu/insurance/uc-ship-benefits-and-information/voluntary-enrollment

Cost of GSHIP

For cost information, please refer to https://shc.uci.edu/insurance/uc-ship-benefits-and-information/cost-ship.

Transcripts

Please be advised that PharmCAS does not forward transcripts to pharmacy schools.

You will need to request an official transcript with your undergraduate degree posted on it from your school to clear your provisional admission as soon as it is available. The transcript should be sent to:

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Division – Transcripts
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180

Electronic transcripts may also be sent directly by the Registrar of your school to Gradtranscripts@uci.edu.

NOTE: Do not send your official transcript to UCI until it is requested.

Send transcript as soon as your degree is awarded and posted on your transcript.

All records submitted to our office become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student.  If your academic records cannot be replaced, please bring them directly to our office and we will photocopy and return them to you.

Confidentiality Agreement

The Confidentiality Agreement is required of all students for access to the UC Irvine Health information system, and must be submitted by Sept. 1. You will receive an email from DocuSign, a tool that enables legally-binding electronic signatures on documents. 

When you receive the emails from DocuSign, click on the “Review Documents” button, adopt a signature from the options presented, and then continue to carefully review and sign the documents enclosed.  This service will be used to initially collect your Confidentiality Agreement and Technical Standards (referenced below).

Disability Services

If you have a disability or if you think you may have a disability that requires assessment, there are a number of support services available to you. The Disability Services Center, which is located in the Humanities Quad, telephone 949-824-7494, assists students from time of admission to graduation.

Services include specialized equipment for loan or use, test-taking assistance, taped textbooks, large print materials, accessible parking, referral for diagnostic evaluation for learning disabilities, reader services for the blind and learning disabled, priority registration, provision for note takers and interpreters, a van for on-campus transportation, and four electrically operated vehicles for transportation to places on campus inaccessible by van. Other services include course-specific tutoring, liaison with professors for academic accommodations, special workshops such as career decision-making, and support groups for learning disabled students.

The office also operates a Disabilities and Computing Lab that provides adapted computer technology including speech output, scanning, screen magnification, Braille printout, special software for learning disabled students, and Braille and Speak machines. The Lab has adapted technology for PCs and Macs. Staff members can refer you to other services on campus that may be helpful, and they can assist you with government and community agencies, as necessary. All buildings at UCI are accessible to wheelchairs. Housing and dining facilities accommodate students in wheelchairs.

For specific information regarding special services for disabled students and campus accessibility, please refer to the brochure “Disability Services Center” available free from their office. You can also visit their website at http://www.disability.uci.edu/.

Financial Aid

If you would like to request an estimate of your financial aid, please complete the following:

  1. Submit a FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (School Code 001314):

    • Include your and your spouse’s (if married) income and asset information.
    • Include income and asset information for your parents if you would like to be considered for scholarships/grants.

  2. IRS Data Retrieval from FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript for you and your spouse (if married)

  3. IRS Data Retrieval from FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript for your parents (if you would like to be considered for scholarship funding)

 

Once we have received all the required documents, we will be able to provide you with an estimate for your first year of the PharmD program.

To get detailed instructions on how to complete a financial aid application, please go to http://www.ofas.uci.edu/som  

Financial Aid Application Status


Please go to and log on to My Aid to check:

  1. Status of your financial aid application: “My Aid Application Status” 
  2. Your financial aid package: “My Aid Award” 
  3. Documents you need to complete to get your loans ready for disbursement: “My To Do List” 

 

2021-2022 Tuition/Fee Disclaimer

Some or all instructions for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

Federal Loans Requirement (for Students Receiving Federal Aid)

Entering PharmD students are required to complete the following loan documents at www.studentloans.gov in order to receive their federal financial aid:

  • Online entrance counseling
  • Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans


Students must complete these documents by June 30 to ensure their aid is processed before the start of school.

The purpose of the Federal Loans Entrance Counseling is to share with you everything you are required to know about the loans you are borrowing to finance your medical school education. The entrance counseling also covers a few other strategies relevant to financing your education and to successfully manage your money as a student. It is strongly recommended that you complete the entrance counseling at the time that you receive your financial aid package, as it will help you to understand the types of loans that are included in your financial aid package.

Please allow 30-45 minutes to complete an online entrance counseling session and the MPNs.

Where Can I Ask Questions?

If you have questions about your Federal Loans Entrance Counseling, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@uci.edu

UCI Campus ID

Visit UCI Campus ID Card for more information on how to obtain a campus ID.

Orientation

More details coming soon!

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony and reception is currently scheduled to be held in person at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Friday, Sept. 24. The event is subject to change to stay aligned with institutional guidelines and CDC in response to COVID-19. For now, it is scheduled for ticketed event for invited guests. Everyone will receive their tickets at orientation.   

UC Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
White Coat Ceremony
Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Curriculum Overview

To view the UCI PharmD curriculum overview, click here.