The UAMS College of Pharmacy will accept online courses for all prerequisite requirements for spring, summer, and fall 2020 semesters. Any prerequisite course may also be taken as a letter grade, pass/fail, or credit/no credit. Due to national test center closures and uncertainty of availability of test dates, the PCAT will not be required for applicants from March 13, 2020 to the end of the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Applicants applying for fall 2021 entry are not required to take the PCAT.
All applications are processed through PharmCAS and are accepted no later than 10:59 pm Central Standard Time on May 3, 2021 for the class entering the following fall semester. All applicants with a completed and verified PharmCAS application and selected for interview will be provided the information about supplemental application materials on an invitation only basis. There is a $100.00 supplemental fee that is neither refundable nor credited toward tuition/registration fees.
- 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.
- 3 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 the two required references 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.
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Completion of 61 semester hours of required prerequisite coursework at a grade of C or better. Due to COVID-19, applicants who have elected pass/fail or credit/no credit for prerequisite courses during the 2020 calendar year must pass or receive credit for the course to fulfill prerequisite requirements. 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 prior to fall entry.
- 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.
How to Apply
- All applications items should be received by PharmCAS by the deadline.
- Early Decision deadline – Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 10:59 PM CST Applicants may only apply early decision to one pharmacy college (their first choice), and if accepted by that college, they are obligated to accept the offer. They will not be permitted to apply to other pharmacy colleges through PharmCAS. If applicants are denied early admission, their applications will be rolled over for consideration during regular admission. At that point, applicants may also apply to other colleges.
- Regular Decision deadline – Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:59 PM 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, pass, or credit by the application deadline.
- Applicants will be invited for interviews by the college. All interviews will be held remotely during the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. 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 college 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, 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 5 years. TOEFL scores may not be more than 2 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 email@example.com 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.