Applicants for 2021-2022 (Fall 2022 entry)
The UAMS College of Pharmacy requires applicants to take all prerequisite coursework for a letter grade with a grade of C or better to fulfill those requirements. Credit/No Credit and Pass/Fail grading options will no longer be allowed for prerequisite courses. Applicants must also complete science prerequisite courses in person instead of online. The PCAT exam is required for applicants who have lower than a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (no grade forgiveness). Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher are not required to take the PCAT.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Completion of 61 semester hours of required prerequisite coursework at a grade of C or better. Applicants may apply prior to completing all prerequisites, but they should be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to fall entry. On a case-by-case basis, some applicants may be able to take courses in summer I session only (not summer II).
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from all institutions attended. Grade forgiveness is not allowed. Any repeated coursework will include original and repeated grades in GPA calculation.
- Pharmacy College Admissions Test — The PCAT exam is required for applicants who have lower than a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (no grade forgiveness). Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher are not required to take the PCAT. Applicants must meet the minimum required score of 30 on the composite percentile score to move forward in our application process.
- Official transcripts from every institution attended should be sent to PharmCAS regardless of transfer credits appearing on other official transcripts. Electronic transcripts are preferred. See pgs. 39-40 on the PharmCAS Application Instructions pdf for more information.
- Three Recommendation Letters — Two letters must be academic from faculty who have taught the applicant, and the other letter may be academic or from an employer. The college does not accept personal recommendations. Committee references from several faculty members in the departments of biology/chemistry will count as two letters from faculty members and are valued by the Admissions Committee. If the applicant’s college has a committee reference process, applicants are encouraged to use it.
- Completed application on PharmCAS.
- UAMS College of Pharmacy supplemental application — When you are invited for an interview by the college, you will receive information on how to complete this supplemental application. You do not need to complete this at the same time as your PharmCAS application.
How to Apply
- All applications items should be received by PharmCAS by the deadline.
- Priority Decision deadline — Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at 10:59 p.m. CST Applicants may apply early for consideration into the PharmD program. If an applicant is offered admission, it will be contingent upon successful completion of any remaining prerequisites with a grade of C or better or the offer may be rescinded.
- Regular Decision deadline — Monday, May 2, 2022, at 10:59 p.m. CST Applicants must have completed at least eight hours of General Chemistry I and II (six hours of lecture and two hours of lab) and four hours of Organic Chemistry I (three hours of lecture and one hour of lab) with a grade of C or better by the application deadline.
- Applicants will be invited for interviews by the college. Interviews are planned to be held remotely during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, but check back in July for any further updates as we continue to monitor the pandemic. Interviews are conducted biweekly throughout the application cycle. Applicants are required to undergo a brief online orientation to the interview process prior to interviewing.
- The college uses the Multi Mini-Interview process to evaluate sociobehavioral skills necessary to become a pharmacist.
- The Admissions Committee meets biweekly to review applications on an ongoing basis until the regular decision deadline. Applicants are notified of an admissions decision within two weeks in most cases unless their application is rolled over for further review at a later time.
- Applicants are selected based upon scholastic record, test scores as applicable, interview, letters of recommendation, essay, and PharmCAS application questions such as the special life circumstances question.
Tuition Waivers, Border County and Border State Tuition for Non-Residents
- The UAMS College of Pharmacy has two types of tuition waivers for non-resident applicants who are admitted to the college. The academic tuition waiver is granted to academically qualified non-resident applicants and will allow them to pay in-state tuition rates for the entirety of the the professional curriculum. The diversity tuition waiver is granted to admitted non-resident applicants who are from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native-American, Pacific Islander) and will allow them to pay in-state tuition rates for the entirety of the professional curriculum.
- Applicants who legally reside in Bowie or Cass counties in Texas may also qualify for a border county waiver. Admitted applicants who are awarded this waiver must apply for it each year of their professional program. This waiver allows border county residents to pay an in-state tuition rate per year of application.
- The UAMS College of Pharmacy also provides border state tuition rates for admitted applicants who reside in any of the six bordering states (MO, MS, LA, OK, TN, TX) to Arkansas. Border state tuition is 1.25X resident tuition rates.
- Visit the UAMS Student Financial Services site for a detailed breakdown of tuition and fees.
Credit Hours and Financial Aid
An admitted student must have earned 72 semester credit hours of combined preprofessional and graduate coursework to be eligible to receive graduate level federal financial aid. Applicants with less than 72 hours will be designated at the undergraduate level for financial aid purposes until they acquire 72 credit hours.
The TOEFL exam is recommended for all applicants for whom English is a second language or have been in the US for less than five years. TOEFL scores may not be more than two years old. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based exam is considered acceptable. TOEFL scores should be released directly to PharmCAS (code 8246). Information on testing sites and scheduling may be obtained from the TOEFL website: www.TOEFL.org or from www.ets.org. Applicants having difficulty securing a test date due to COVID-19 may contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-686-8889.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are eligible to apply, but they should check with the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy to ensure that they will be able to acquire a student pharmacist internship license.